Cancer is a cruel and expensive disease. It drains you physically and exhausts you financially. And for the thousands of families who travel to Mumbai for treatment, one of the most challenging hurdles is to find a cheap and safe place to stay while the patient is being treated. Which is why Access Life is like an answer to a prayer.
Access Life, started by two young professionals Ankeet Dave and Girish Nair provides provides a loving and temporary home for the parent or care taker and the child undergoing the treatment for cancer at Tata Memorial Hospital and Wadia hospital in Mumbai. Their mission is to offer a home-like environment for these families and also try to improve the quality of life of these children by providing practical support services, educational resources and recreational programs.
Currently, the shelter in Chembur houses 8 kids who have come from Kolkata, Orissa and Maharashtra. The children are as young as 1 year to 5 years.
The children stay till the time they are undergoing treatment. Access Life provides for accommodation and food at absolutely no cost to the parents, all that is needed is a letter from the doctor treating the patient. It’s not just free accommodation and food, Access Life also organizes events for the kids and calls for volunteers who can just come and spend time with the kids at the home.
GOQii employees as part of the Friday activities coupled with the Karma initiative organized one such event at Access Life’s home where in few employees spent their Friday evening with the kids. There was music, dance and games and a complete fun filled evening.
All that Access Life asks for is to come and spend time with the kids. The stigma attached to Cancer still looms large over those affected by Cancer. Awareness and education about Cancer is very low in India. It is considered a contagious disease that can spread by touching or even speaking to the patient. Access Life strives to break this myth by inviting one and all to come forward and brighten the lives of these little angels by spending time with them. You could just give an hour a week if not every day. Believe me you will not regret it.
If you want to know more and also would like to spend some time with the kids visit www.accesslife.org