Annual Survivors Meet

June 12, 2024 Aravind Editor

Aravind-Madurai, Saturday, 01 June 2024

In connection with Retinoblastoma Awareness Week, Aravind-Madurai organised a survivors’ meet for children who have overcome retinoblastoma. The programme began with a prayer song by Dr. Gupta Atulyakruti, Orbit Fellow, Aravind-Madurai, followed by a welcome address from Dr. Usha Kim, Chief, Orbit, Aravind-Madurai. She highlighted that around 800 retinoblastoma patients were saved, 7 Ph.Ds were done on retinoblastoma, 543 screenings were carried out, and 305 genetic PROH-band markers were identified in 41 families. Further, she stated, 35 low vision aids, and 5 smart vision glasses were provided to low vision patients.
The event featured motivational talks by retinoblastoma survivors who have achieved significant positions in life as government staff, lecturers, engineers, doctors, and more. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy, Chairman Emeritus, Aravind Eye Care System (AECS), highlighted Aravind’s efforts in bringing foreign technology in RB treatment with affordable rate. Dr. R.D. Ravindran, Chairman, AECS, discussed Aravind’s efforts in combining research and modern technology to provide maximum care to patients. Prof. K. Dharmalingam stressed Aravind’s involvement in employing preventive methods using predictive biomarkers and its continuous care for patients. Dr. P. Namperumalsamy and Dr. G. Natchiar, Director-Emeritus of AECS, honoured Janani for her benevolence. She is the mother of the late Arunkarthick, who lost his life due to a rare type of eye cancer. The programme was attended by 200 children with their parents and siblings, making a total of 600 participants. Survivors and their families were provided with sumptuous food, and children were given attractive gifts.