Shikhar Dhawan Foundation joins hands with Cuddles Foundation to fight cancer
CSR in Mumbai, India: On Friday, the Shikhar Dhawan Foundation, in collaboration with The Cuddles Foundation, will conclude a month-long campaign to help children fight cancer via good nutrition. Chemotherapy is not tolerated well by malnourished children, and the treatment puts them at danger of infection. Malnourished people are at a higher risk of dying, which increases mortality. Chemotherapy interacts differently in malnourished youngsters and can be harmful. This is the problem that Shikhar Dhawan Foundation and Cuddles Foundation, both charitable organizations, are attempting to solve.
Several obstacles lie in the way of a cure in a country where 50,000 youngsters are diagnosed with cancer every year. Cuddles Foundation’s FoodHeals initiative currently bridges the nutrition gap in 35 government and charity hospitals in 20 cities across India for children with cancer. The Shikhar Dhawan Foundation hopes to beat cancer in children by providing them with a route to greater recovery and wellness through this effort. The Shikhar Dhawan Foundation will continue to provide all feasible medication and food supplies to collaborating organizations and children who are cancer sufferers in the future.
“The Foundation is working tirelessly to fulfil basic requirements of education and health supplies for underprivileged children,” says Dr. Kanika Dewan, Director-Impact and Strategy, Shikhar Dhawan Foundation. “I believe that such good initiatives can actually bring about a change in people’s lives and society.” Providing good nutrition to children will avoid thousands of unnecessary deaths in the future.
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To battle cancer, a youngster requires good nutrition and a healthy diet. They must also be physically robust in order to withstand the discomfort of radiation and chemotherapy. Malnutrition affects around 40% of Indian children diagnosed with cancer. Furthermore, malnourished children are more likely to contract infections, have side effects, develop problems, and experience treatment delays. We worked with the Cuddle Foundation and co-hosted a food heals programme with them, where we had the opportunity to spend time with cancer survivors and learn about their experiences. The campaign’s focus was on overcoming children cancer, and we were ecstatic to be a part of it because eating correctly gives you the best feeling for good health and recovery.”
According to studies, children with cancer have a 70 percent chance of surviving if they are well fed. Cuddles wants to ensure that every child in India who is battling cancer has a chance at a cure. We do this through our nutrition programme, which is currently active in 35 government and charity cancer hospitals. However, in order for our programme to reach more children, we need voices like Shikhar Dhawan’s and support from the Shikhar Dhawan Foundation. We owe him a debt of gratitude for getting our mission out there. Purnota Dutta Bahl, Founder & CEO, Cuddles Foundation, says, “Food heals, but it takes all of us to provide it to the children who need it the most!”