Report by Reshma
On 6th April 2019, the auspicious day of Gudi Padva, the CML and GIST support group meeting was held at Hotel Apsara, Indore.
The welcome banner stated “TOGETHER WE SHARE AND LEARN” The Max Foundation & Friends of Max in association with TYAcan (Teenage & Young Adult Cancer Foundation) welcomes all.
The event started with breakfast and refreshments followed by registration where all guests were welcomed by Ms.Garima, Mr.Rishi and Mrs.Kiran. Viji Amma was there at the entrance with her healing smile to welcome each and every one of us. Our chief guests included oncologists Dr. Manish Nema, Dr. Rakesh Taran, Dr.Vivek Asati and Dr. Deepak (representing TYAcan).
Viji Amma gave the introductory speech about Max, The Max Foundation and its motive, CML, the magic bullet (Glivec) and Chai for Cancer (the fund raising event) Amma is such a magnetic personality that no one could take their eyes off till she held the mike. Anshika continued the speech by elaborating the topics. The event proceeded further with question and answer session with doctors, where the doctors created awareness about cml and gist by their appropriate answers and valuable suggestions to all the queries. Goodie bags were handed over to the chief guests by Friends of Max volunteers as a mark of respect for spending their valuable time with us followed by the vote of thanks by Garima.
Just after this a mesmerising musical session was conducted by Amma, where she made us aware of the basics of music, its healing ability and lot more with the help of PPT and each and every one of us participated in singing songs of different genres. Also we had a skilful artist “Mr. Irfan Pathan” with us who played spellbinding music on saxophone.
What a lovely experience it was!!
The session ended with yummy lunch and group photographs. We came home with lots of positivity and optimistic approach towards life. Looking forward to meeting everyone soon.