C ancer treatment is expensive, and living in a city while getting that treatment is, more often than not, exorbitant.
A philanthropic organisation in Navi Mumbai is doing everything it can to help cancer patients and their families by providing free accommodation to those undergoing treatment in the city.
Mangalam Foundation has leased out 17 apartments near the Tata Memorial Hospital & Research Centre in order to provide respite and shelter for patients. It also provides meals for just ₹10.
The team behind the foundation realised that many who come to the hospital from out of town struggle with finding a place to stay, adding to their stress during what’s likely one of the most harrowing periods of their lives.
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Naresh Gupta, who is one of the trustees of Mangalam Foundation, spoke to the Times of India noting, “We wanted to find accommodation close to Tata Hospital in Kharghar, and once we zeroed-in on a premise, we spoke to the developer who willingly leased the rooms.”
Given how in demand these rooms have become with patients, the foundation is now scouting for more flats that can be leased out in order to help more people. The team has also spoken to the authorities in the hospital to set up daily bus services free of cost that cart patients back and forth from the hospital premises and the apartments.
The Magalam Foundation was formed 10 years ago and has 40 members and volunteers who work towards various social causes such as providing food for the underprivileged, organising free computer classes for the poor and more.
The foundation can be contacted here
Tata Memorial Centre can be contacted here.