Posted by Guest Blogger on March 31, 2011
Our guest blogger, Sudha Samineni, was part of the group that joined with Friends of Max at the Terry Fox Run in Mumbai. Sudha, one of the MaxStations based in our India Office, works closely with patient group leaders, as well as supporting other cancer survivors in the region.
27th February 2011, a still cool morning in Mumbai and we all gathered near the Air India Building to keep the promise which was made to Terry years about finding a cure for cancer. The Terry Fox Run is a non-competitive event conducted to raise funds for cancer research world over.
The Max Foundation team along with volunteers from the patient support group known as Friends of Max, students from different schools, cancer survivors from Tata Memorial Hospital, the State Director General Police and the energetic Terry Fox India committee members all gathered opposite Air India Building from where the run was to be flagged off. There were over 2,000-3,000 children and about 100 cancer survivors who all gathered together for the fight against cancer.
The event was not only meant for fund raising but we also witnessed a great sense of bonding and sharing among everyone. It gives a very optimistic feeling that we are not alone in the fight but are accompanied and guided with many people who all stand together for the cause. The Max Foundation and Friends of Max volunteered to escort the cancer patients who had come from Tata Memorial Hospital throughout the run and see to it that they had no problems and all their needs taken care of.
Before the run started Viji, our head MaxStation in India who has been a member of the Terry Fox Committee for the last 12 years gave a small introduction to all who had gathered; explaining about who Terry Fox was and the objective behind the event. Even the well known tennis player Leander Peas and famous singer Raageshwari came to cheer and motivate the group!
It was an amazing experience witnessing the zeal, enthusiasm and positive spirit which everyone carried right from the survivors to their caregivers and all of the people associated with the important cause.