Globally, COVID-19 has killed just over 300,000 people in 5 months. Cancer kills the same number in just 11 days.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone's lives significantly and dramatically. In addition to those grappling with the pandemic, patients across the country with chronic illnesses such as cancer are unable to receive critical care treatment. Usually, many low-income families with cancer patients are forced to travel to Mumbai with the hope of better treatment. They perforce sell most of their belongings, often including land inherited over generations and family jewellery, to do so. However, getting to the city is only the first of their obstacles. Patients and their families struggle to put together whatever money they have left to pay for lodging, nourishment, and medical procedures.
These struggles have been dramatically worsened in the COVID-19 world order.
Moreover, cancer and its treatment are known to weaken the immune system and make it more vulnerable to invasion. A study conducted at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York revealed that cancer patients who tested positive for COVID-19 had a fatality rate of 28%, as compared to the 5.8% for individuals with uncompromised immunity.
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The entire global healthcare system is strained to the maximum. Additionally, as the national lockdown ensues, patients and caregivers are stranded in cities far away from the comfort of their homes. Their unfamiliarity with their areas poses a huge challenge as lockdown orders shut down have most stores and ration shops around them. The nutritious food, necessary to sustain the body for treatment, is often unavailable. Much needed masks and relief medicines have grown harder to procure, making it more difficult to alleviate a patient's side effects(for example, for ulcers, nausea, and diarrhoea). Furthermore, with the shut-down of public transport, patients have no way of getting to hospitals for treatment or emergencies. This combination of a shortage of food, medicines, and transportation have strained these families beyond measure, and as a result, their stay in these cities has grown increasingly unaffordable and challenging.
Funds raised will be used to support patients with food, medical aid, masks, transport, accommodation in hotels/Dharamshalas, and treatment. The funds raised will be used in all these areas both, during and after the pandemic.
We are three friends who came together to do this initiative.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to abruptly leave our university campuses, and return back home. While we had the opportunity to come back to the comfort of our homes, we realised that many others did not have the same. As the migrant crisis emerged in India, we pondered about those that wanted to go back home but were forced to stay where they were. This included the low-income Cancer patients that we had spent numerous hours volunteering with, while we were in high school. These patients struggle to put together all their resources to finance treatment. We concluded that this distressing situation must have only been exacerbated by the lockdown.
Let us come together and ensure that these patients are taken care off.
IN THE NEWS
Source: Mumbai Mirror
HOSPITALS WHERE V-CARE HAS PATIENTS
V CARE PATIENTS
ABOUT THE NGO
V Care Foundation is a 25-year-old NGO dedicated to providing free help, hope, awareness, and education to cancer patients and their families through outreach programs and services that improve the quality of their life. The foundation is committed to helping patients and their caregivers with holistic disease management, via a multidimensional approach. We understand that cancer does not only affect the patient but also their family and friends. Hence, cancer treatment exceeds above and beyond mere medication.
At V Care, we hope to nourish the cancer patient’s mind and spirit and provide them with a voluntary support group. We strive to strengthen their willpower, such that they may conquer cancer, enrich their lives, and infuse their days with happiness and hope.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as V CARE FOUNDATION is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of IT act. Foreign funding is accepted too.
Will we get to know the details of how the money was spent?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to V Care Foundation. It will take from 60 to 120 days after that to get details of who the beneficiary was with details of them. Once I get this information from them I shall upload the picture of the beneficiary on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read details about the beneficiaries.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes up to 2-3 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred to the NGO. The receipts will start getting processed about 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.