On 18th December, 2019 at Can Kids…Kids Can, Home Away From Home (HAH) in Kolkata, survivors and Cancer patients got together with supporters to felicitate and provide financial aid to Cancer Patients.
The Chief Guests at the event were Arjun Chakraborty ( Actor ) along with Sonal Sharma, Board Member and founder of CanKids, Kapil Chawla, Cancer Survivor, Bipasha Roy, Senior Manager operations CanKids (East), Abirupa Sinha, Program Manager East CanKids, Riya De, Teacher at CanKids, Tithi Aich Chapter Head For Kids Can Konnect and also a Cancer Survivor herself.
The objective of the meet was to highlight social issues, and put a spotlight on the concerns around Cancer through films, in order to raise awareness and funds which can enable to take real action at ground level. Supporting the initiative famous Bengali actor Arjun Chakraborty said, “It’s an exceptional event. I was unaware of the fact that something like this is happening in Kolkata. We spend time in fancy events but this actually shows the love and affection for one another. Even if we can devote one percent to support the cause then there is nothing like it. I am glad to be associated with this noble cause and also very happy that something is happening on a pragmatic platform.”
‘Got Cancer” is a path breaking short film, that won many awards and also was recently nominated as the Best Human-Interest Film and aired on National television in Los Angeles, the movie highlights and talks about what cancer patients go through, their struggles and their triumphs.
As the creative producer of this film and the Founder of HOPE B~LIT, Ruhi aka Rohini Hak shared, “Our vision was clear from the beginning. While conceptualizing ‘Got Cancer!’ I knew the story not only needed to drive change in thought, but more importantly, it needed to translate into a ‘call to action’. That’s what creates a real impact on the ground level for a supported cause. When cancer strikes, our first emotion is “fear”, but our work with children has shown us that children with cancer deal with the disease with positivity and hope”
Internationally acclaimed Los Angeles based non-profit organization HOPE B’Lit Team collaborated with Can Kids…Kids Can National society for Change for Childhood Cancer in India and United States to come together to support and spread joy in the life of those who have been affected by Cancer. They will be travelling to 3 metropolitan cities in India to conduct workshops and provide much in need financial support to families with cancer patients.
Abhirupa Banerjee Program Manager, Eastern Region said, “We are associated with different hospitals where the children come from remote places. We are giving them medical and psychological support to them. We have teachers, PSD (Poststroke depression) members whose children survived cancer.
All Proceeds from “Got Cancer!” screenings will continue to be donated to the kids braving cancer. HOPE B’Lit aims to provide much-needed support to affected children and their families in terms of further education and health check.