V Care Foundation in India
V Care Foundation, a Registered Public Charitable Trust, was founded by Vandana Gupta, a Hodgkin cancer survivor, in Mumbai on 21st February 1994.The organization provides free service to cancer patients and their families, to help them cope with the crisis of Cancer.
All the activities are funded through donations from private donors and sponsors. There is no cost to the patients.
V Care volunteers' work has been recognized and appreciated over the years, thus the organization is accredited to major hospitals in the city, namely, Tata Memorial Hospital, Jaslok Hospital, ACTREC, Nanavati Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Leelavati Hospital, and St. Elizabeth Nursing Home. All volunteers work in purely honorary capacity and no compensation is paid to them.
The objective is to provide services to meet the informational, physical, emotional & practical needs of patients, throughout the patient journey, from the time of diagnosis and treatment, as well as caring, survivorship, recovery, palliation or bereavement. In the year 2012, V Care volunteers interacted with 7500 patients.
V Care provides patients with need-based financial assistance towards their treatment. This help is provided to all patients, immaterial of their stage of cancer, and is inclusive of the palliative patients as well. In addition, information and resources needed by the cancer patients and their families is provided, to assist in making informed decisions about the treatment and help them through their cancer experience.
Through seminars, workshops and discussions, V Care strives to spread awareness about all cancer, focusing on prevention and early detection, and removal of all myths associated with cancer. A data bank helps to guide patients about blood banks, donors, living accommodation, travel & charitable trusts for financial assistance. Telephone help-lines are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There is a toy library for our young patients and their siblings at the Tata Memorial Hospital and ‘Hamari Pathshala’ and an educational centre for patients at Gadge Maharaj Dharamshala, which is a place where patients stay. Adults and children are often taken on picnics, to temples and on city tours, with the intent of helping them break away, no matter how briefly, from the painful monotony of hospital rounds.
Cancer Survivors' Day in February is a landmark celebration for V Care, where rich tributes are paid to the spirit of survivorship, says Vandana. Three exceptional people, who have shown grit & courage in their battle against cancer, are awarded trophies & are called VICTORS. Caregivers are not forgotten. Their efforts are appreciated too. This unique program was initiated in India by V Care and is now being done in many cities by other support groups. Their stories provide inspiration and strength to those struggling with treatment she said and this is very important in the patient journey.
Share-A-Celebration during Diwali, a major Indian festival, is celebrated by bringing festivities to the bedside of every cancer patient admitted into the hospital.
Thank you Vandana for sharing your organisation and congratulations on the excellent work of the V Care Foundation.
V Care Foundation
Opposite Bhoiwada Court,
Jerbai Wadia Road,
Toll free 18002091101