Grateful to Prof. Dr. Sanjana Koul, Director, School of Biotechnology at Jammu University, who helped us host our first Patient Support Group meeting for CML and GIST patients in Jammu on Saturday, 8 July 2023.
Below is her address to the gathering of patients, caregivers, physicians and research & Ph.D. students.
“We have gathered here today with a shared mission, to fight against the formidable adversary. It is with utmost gratitude and determination that I stand before you, honoured to address such a distinguished audience.
As we all know Cancer has touched the lives of countless individuals and families, leaving an indelible mark on our society. But as we convene here today, we are united by a common resolve: to confront this disease head-on, armed with knowledge, compassion and unwavering hope.
This workshop will serve as a platform to exchange ideas and expertise as we are privileged to have an exceptional group of healthcare professionals, scientists and survivors amongst us.
As I understand throughout this gathering we will delve into the latest advancements in diagnostics, treatment modalities and supportive care. Today’s discussions will span a wide spectrum including survivorship programs and the critical role of mental and emotional well-being in the face of this illness.
By creating an environment of empathy and understanding we foster a collective support system.
We are here to empower one another to share our experiences, and to ignite the spark of hope in those who face the challenges of Cancer every day. Together we will explore pathways to enhance patient care, promote research collaboration and advocate for policies that facilitate access to quality healthcare for all.
To all the cancer survivors present your courage and resilience inspire us. Your journey reminds us of the tremendous strength within the human spirit.
May the connections made and knowledge shared during this workshop serve as a catalyst for progress and bring us closer to the world where cancer is conquered and in this context role of the MAX foundation with Friends of Max as its arms has played a humongous and appreciable role.
Thank you for your unwavering dedication, your unwavering support and your unwavering presence.
Together we can make a difference. Together we share and learn.”