World Cancer Day: Meet Mumbai's Cancer Messiah
Businessman Harakchand Savla started his journey to help Cancer patients in 1985 when he happened to misguide a Cancer patient, this is his story.
Cancer takes about 100,000 lives a year globally. India alone attends to about 1.8 Million cancer patients in a year. In Mumbai, the hub of global healthcare in the disease, there are several patients who cannot afford the expensive treatments. Jeevan Jyot, an organisation started as a trust by Harakchand Savla, comes as a relief to the relatives of such patients.
"We now have over 60 activities, including running a toy bank for kids, providing medicines, providing food for the patients' family and cremating those who were left to die at Tata and other hospitals," says Mr Savla, who calls himself a mere mediator between god and the patients.
A humble man, Savla attributes his success to a supportive family— a wife who doesn't ask for jewellery and a set of relatives who are always ready to back his venture. Businessman and restaurateur Savla started his journey to help Cancer patients in 1985 when he happened to misguide a Cancer patient. Mumbai's Cancer Messaih is a Slice Of Life story of him and his organisation and what made him come so far.
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