Ranu Jain Gupta

A Helping Hand for Needy Cancer Patients

Ranu lost her father to cancer a few years ago. She realized at first-hand the toll cancer has on patients and their families. She founded My Sanika Cancer Care Society in 2016 to help needy patients by raising funds for their treatment and organize cancer awareness programmes.

I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. My family treated me like a princess. Most of my childhood was spent at my maternal grandmother’s home. Since childhood, my mother has taught me to be independent and to have my own opinions and thoughts. One of the most important things I have learnt is to always be grateful. I have always been a fun-loving and kind-hearted person. My schooling was targeted towards what I hoped to be.

I had an amazing school life. I still remember I was unnoticed when I had a boy- cut hairstyle. But when I scored around 96% in the exams, everybody started appreciating me. I was very active in sports in my school and won many prizes.

The initial two years of my graduation course were good. I became aware that my father was suffering from cancer when I was giving my final exam. I was deeply shocked but my mother and brother kept me motivated. My mother took the bold step of handling father’s business along with taking care of him and the entire family.

We had to spend a lot of money on his treatment yet she sent me to Delhi for my post graduation to study in one of the most expensive colleges in India where rich students mainly studied. She took a loan for this. I didn’t even possess a cell phone. I still remember when I introduced myself as a girl from Indore, they all asked, “Is it a village?” Their attitude changed when I became Ms. Fresher and secured 2nd position in academics.

‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’ Never in my life did I get a taste of this phrase until the day my father was diagnosed for cancer. That was 13 years ago. My father fought bravely against the disease for 9 years. Four years ago, he passed away. I am sure I am not the only one who has lost a loved one to cancer. But I decided to do something about it and founded My Sanika Cancer Care Society in 2016.

India has a huge number of cancer patients who choose to discontinue their treatment due to lack of funds, ignorance or sometimes due to superstitions. MySanika helps needy patients by raising funds for their treatment and organizes cancer awareness programs. We provide every cancer patient all the help in terms of getting the right treatment and financial aid. In the last year, we have organized eight fundraising events such as a drawing competitions, happiness workshop and lifestyle exhibitions.

Being a mother, running your own organization and working in an IT company at the same time was very challenging. Entrepreneurship has been dominated by males. The biggest obstacle women face is gender discrimination. The most difficult part was to build trust as people don’t trust NGOs that easily. Another difficult challenge was to make my family realize that whatever I was doing would impact people’s lives.

Till date, we have helped 15 needy cancer patients. We have also partnered with YouWeCan, a foundation of India’s well-known cricketer, Yuvraj Singh. We conducted an auction of his autographed t-shirts, caps and balls. The proceeds were used for the education of Cancer survivor kids. Also, we have recently started a charity shop to help needy patients. We sell Friendship Bands, Rakshabandhan rakhis and super hero mugs. It feels doubly good if every purchase gives something to the people in need. Buy this mug at just Rs 250/- and contribute to the treatment of needy cancer patients because every penny counts.

We have also started a story platform to share inspirational stories of cancer conquerors to motivate the other fighters. It is called ‘The Super Warriors’.

MySanika is an organization that people can trust and depend on, be it patients, families of patients, donors or volunteers. Of course, we would need more people and associations to meet this ambition.


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