As a child, Dr Swapnil Mane was so moved by a cancer patient’s death due to lack of money, that he decided to become a cancer specialist and not let cancer patients die just because they could not afford the treatment.
After the story was published, many of our readers helped him start a charitable cancer hospital with all the amenities that can help poor cancer patients.
“There have been places where there was no road connectivity, no electricity and no one who understood what a doctor or a nurse is. There have been camps where we have sat idle for days, and no one turned up for a check-up. But that only proved us right – these are the places where our camps are needed the most. It made our determination even stronger,” says Dr Mane.
Dr Mane’s team also includes his wife Dr Sonali Mane and their 4-year-old son Praneesh. There are days when the team has to walk up to five kms to the villages due to a lack of road connectivity.
“Most villagers are superstitious when it comes to illness. But it’s not their fault. They have never seen a doctor before. They have never heard the word cancer and believe that worshipping a particular God/Goddess can cure their diseases. Moreover, there are ‘gurus’ who take advantage of such situations too,” says Dr Sonali Mane.
The patients who need immediate help are brought to this hospital now and given free treatment.
“The expenses are not more than Rs. 20,000 per camp which anyone can sponsor. We will run the camp in their name. For some it might be just a small amount but imagine how many lives we can save if the disease is detected on time,” says Dr Mane.
Dr. Mane and his team have completed their 89th cancer detection camp recently. Nearly 32000 people have been screened through these camps, and 920 financially poor and needy patients were treated free of cost.
“I wish that no one in this world should succumb to this disease just because they cannot afford treatment. The pain they go through is unimaginable. But each of them wants to live…each of them have a dream…each of them wants to make that dream true in their lifetime!”
On this cancer day, together with Dr. Swapnil Mane, we have shared the dreams of five such patients, and you can help make those dreams comes true.
1. Mrs. Simran Hemant Chadda, 45 from Sakori village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra is suffering from Cervical carcinoma stage IIIB. And her wish has been fulfilled.
She wished –“I am a die-hard fan of Shahrukh Khan. I really wish if I could just once meet him and shake hands with him! And if at all he meets me I will ask him to help my son get a decent education. That’s all!”
2. 3-year-old Monika from Samnapur village in Maharashtra has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (Blood cancer). Her parents work as farm labourers and can hardly afford a full meal every day.
When asked about her biggest wish, she immediately replied, “Mala Ek Mothi car Pahije and Tya Madhye Basun Firayche Aahe.” (I want a big car! I will sit in that and take a long ride).
3. 2.7-year-old Sunita Gorakshanath Walunj from Deolali Pravara in Maharashtra is suffering from Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia. Her father is a sweeper and is struggling to save his daughter’s life.
Sunita’s wish – “I want a big cake on my birthday…a cake larger than me!”
4. 3-year-old Ahmed Isak Shaikh from Jogeshwari Akhada village in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra has been diagnosed with Bone Cancer-Ewing’s Sarcoma (PNET) of Right Humerus Grade III.
5. Kamal Shridhar Pawar, 46, from Manori village in Maharashtra is suffering from stage IV Breast Cancer with Liver Mets.
She wishes: “You can understand others’ pain when you actually go through it. I can understand the pain of thousands of cancer patients now, and my wildest dream (which I know is impossible without money) is to help at least five poor and needy cancer patients, who are unable to afford treatment in the name of the Kamal relief fund. That will be my last wish too!”