INDIA - the Cancer patient benefit foundation
helping them live , not just
Registration No: GBBSD 1086/98,
Bombay public Trust Act F/20653
About us: COU-RAGE INDIA provides an
altogether new dimension into the fight against CANCER.
Leading from the front as the President of COU-RAGE INDIA,
Mr. Iyer (himself a Cancer survivor) is already involved
whole heartedly in helping the needy victims by Medical,
Financial, Psychological and Medico-legal intervention and
has emerged victorious, and today is the driving spirit. We
realise that our efforts are only a drop in a sea of untold
turmoil and hopelessness. It will take much more than just
the efforts of our highly capable team to even make a small
difference to the vast ocean that CANCER rules over.
Yet, with tireless vigor, COU-RAGE INDIA pursues the goals
it has set for itself.
We provide monetary assistance for medical and surgical
requirements to needy cancer patients.
We enable them to make well-informed decisions.
We offer psychological help to severely distressed patients,
and their relatives to cope with the disease.
We aid those ostomates who are not able to afford stoma
We prepare medical literature and maintain a medical library
where patients study about their disease and treatment.
We hold regular interactions between patients and survivors.
We hold regular programs to dissuade people from substance
Vision: city where no cancer patient will
die on the streets; in agony, pain, and we hope and pray
that we are able to realise our dream PRASHANTHI which will
enable the patients to live until they depart.
Mission: WITH THE BLESSINGS OF THE LORD; AND THE ACTIVE
PARTICIPATION OF CONSCIENTIOUS PEOPLE.
All these years Courage India has gained tremendous
experience in the field of cancer through the patients who
have shared their innermost fears, and feelings. We are
fortunate indeed to have gained the patronage of some of the
most influential personalities who support our noble cause.
Helping someone with cancer is no simple matter. You need to
know how to help. We need to help them not rescue. Rescuing
behaviour starts with the view that the patient is a victim
and a victim is helpless and hopeless. We need to support
the patient and respect his autonomy and thus play a vital
DIRECT IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL AID
We at courage India are fully aware of the fact that
"time may be one of the luxuries that these patients
might not have" and hence aid is usually provided
within 24 hours.
INFORMAL HOME VISITS
To give them a feeling of importance and that they are not
alone in this big fight, our staff with the assistance visit
such patients and their families to educate, and encourage
them to play a vital role. Witnessing the health and joy of
those who have gotten well again is a very inspiring
experience. For most patients, the only place to meet people
with the same illness is in the waiting room of an oncology
clinic or chemotherapy ward. People in these settings tend
to be upset and anxious, and under these circumstances the
conversation is seldom uplifting.
Our library has all the latest books on every topic related
to Cancer. This is of immense help to the patients who could
know more about the disease and the treatments, and thus can
decide the best course of treatment and thus play a positive
role in his recovery. This also aids him to make informed
Lymphedema is caused due to excessive accumulation of body
fluid, and is caused by the treatments. It needs a lot of
psychological support by those who have this side effect.
This reduces mobility to a great extent. The treatment
consists of stockings, drainage, and keeping the affected
Stoma is an artificial anus on the abdominal surface to
facilitate the excretion through special, expensive
appliances. This too requires psychological support to ward
off the suicidal tendencies, and it requires months of
interaction to make the patients accept the harsh reality of
living with the nightmare called STOMA. Such patients tend
to isolate themselves from the society for the fear of
END STAGE COUNSELING
We all wish for a serene death. Cancer, unlike other causes
of death usually gives ample time to prepare, and
preparations can be very comforting. Many a times, the
patients are in a situation, which in medical parlance is
called TERMINAL. Such patients need much more than just
counseling. He needs to be talked to, explain his position
in a subtle manner and the truth unfolded in the proper way.
This is done through the staff, priests, and the bereaved
families. This is of great value to the patient as it helps
him to make sure that he has set all in order such as his
will, his accounts, and other formalities which will make
sure that after his time, his family shall not be burdened.
For many patients, dying is greatly eased by the knowledge
that loved ones will survive and be cared for when they are
gone. This can involve financial questions, such as how the
children's education will be provided for, and it can also
focus on more personal, emotional questions. And that is
death is with DIGNITY.
After death of a loved one to Cancer, the family is stunned,
and often finds themselves in a quandary not knowing how to
deal with the complex situation. This could be greatly
disturbing, and at the same time proving a hindrance in
their daily lives. We first help them to accept death, and
the means of coping with the loss. This is made possible
with the help of bereaved families who come forward, and
share their stories thus reducing the guilt, and sorrow.
SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAMS
COU-RAGE INDIA has been visiting patients at the hospital
and their homes, and tried to educate them and realize the
futility and danger of smoking. This was done through
literature, and personal interaction.
However, we have to admit that in this sphere, we have much
true success as quitters often restart smoking when the
craving becomes unbearable
COU-RAGE INDIA is of the firm belief that smokers need to be
educated on the ills of smoking, the chemical content in a
cigarette, the tar content, the carcinogenic content and all
the hidden facts of a cigarette. Just warning will not do.
All these so-called campaigns, seminars, banners are not
making an impact.
At last we feel that this vicious addiction can now be
combated and controlled through the new product, which
really understands as to why a person smokes, and uses this
factor to wean him from this deadly habit permanently.
COU-RAGE INDIA brings an altogether approach in cancer
welfare by taking care not just the financial needs, but
also the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and is always
sincerely endeavoring to understand their needs in a more
practical manner. After all COU-RAGE INDIA is formed by
cancer survivors for the cancer patients
History: We started in 1998, and since then
we are making sincere, devoted and passionate endeavors in
making sure that the patients smile and help them in every
possible and within our means.
Achievements: THE WEBSITE www.courageindia.org
has enabled many patients to learn more about the disease,
and the treatments, and thus get themselves educated and
take an active role in their recovery.
the foundation has been able to help over 226 patients
through direct immediate financial aid, psychological
support, lymphedema counselling, stoma support, and
THE PROPOSED PROJECT..
proposed project of COURAGE INDIA)
This project was planned and proposed after proper
investigations, and taking the immediate needs of the
patients. PRASHANTHI shall not only house the terminally ill
, but also grant the terminally ill, and the recovering an
opportunity to live holistically, amidst nature, and a diet
free of all chemicals.
The high points shall be meditation, music therapy, ayurveda,
Biofeedback, recreation so that they could manage their
stress in a positive and fruitful manner. Other areas
include pain management, stress management, and massage
PRASHANTHI shall be developed on a 5-acre plot amidst scenic
beauty, and shall be free from pollution of all kinds. In
the first phase , we plan to construct 10,000 sq feet, and
finally about 50,000 sq feet to be covered in phases.
PRASHANTHI will train its staff from TATA CANCER Hospital,
and has already enlisted the support of professionals in the
field of alternative medicine, music and naturopathy.
All efforts shall be directed towards one single objective,
and that is to make their stay of the patients as close to
home-like as possible, and to ensure that they get what they
AND AMIDST SUCH DIVINE SETTING MIRACLES DO OCCUR!
THE TOTAL COST OF PRASHANTHI COMES TO RS 5 CRORES.
What is it that you exactly do for a beneficiary?:
direct immediate financial aid.
ostomate support for those incontinent patients who are not
able to buy the expensive bags for urine or fecal disposal.
lymphedema counseling for those patients whose arms or limbs
are swollen due to the treatments such as radiation.
substance abuse counselling for those who smoke.
patient -survivor interactions.
regular events for patients, film shows, outings etc.
and not the least ,bereavement counselling for those who hve
lost their loved one to this disease.
How can you work with others? : there can
be a tie up with corporates, sponsors for our project
through which they could get not only mileage and show that
they do care, but also abundant grace.
and more on this topic can be discussed and decided. for
this we have with us a gentleman who is a jamnalal bajaj
alumni ( MBA ), who will be the best person to devise novel
ways which could benefit the corporates in the best and
maximum way possible.
If they want to visit you?: yes
Do you have any weekend or evening activities which families
can attend and be sensitized?: yes
talk of 15-20 minutes to a Rotary Club: yes
Yearly Budget: Rs.15 LACS
Revenue Sources: concerts, and donors.
Corporates can adopt us at yearly sponsorship of Rs.15 lacs
as long as it helps the patients and serves our objectives.
full time: 7
part time: 7
Volunteer opportunities : yes
Services needed: yes
Advisors / Mentors needed: yes
Jobs Available: yes
Donation possibilities: just contribute from the heart, but
before that pls try to feel what a cancer patient goes
B/108 SUNBEAM, HOLY CROSS STREET, I C COLONY, BORIVILI
-WEST, MUMBAI 400103
Contact: venkat iyer / venkat krishnamurthy / ravi banka
Phones: 55750816 / 98704 08200 / 32609056 (best time to
call: any time)
Trustees: venkat iyer, vimal joshi, ankit garg, r sainath,
amruta goel, janaki goel, stanley das
we deal with a disease as cancer, in each patient's case,
his story is moving, and each case is enough to make our
eyes swell with tears."