1. Comic book on cancer to send out message of hope

Comic book on cancer to send out message of hope

A comic book on cancer sharing inspirational stories of survivors will hit the stands soon.

By: | Bengaluru | Published: February 20, 2017 3:53 PM
Kumar would share inspirational stories of survivors, who triumphed over cancer in the book. (Reuters) Kumar would share inspirational stories of survivors, who triumphed over cancer in the book. (Reuters)

A comic book on cancer sharing inspirational stories of survivors will hit the stands soon.

Legends Amitabh Bachchan and Ratan Tata have given a promise to the author Neelam Kumar, a cancer survivor, to fund the noble initiative.

Kumar would share inspirational stories of survivors, who triumphed over cancer in the book.

“I have written seven books. Each book is helping survivors and care-givers. In fact, after the success of my book, Amitabh Bachchan and Ratan Tata said they will fund my next two books,” she told PTI at Self V, a unique campaign where cancer survivors tell their successful stories of overcoming the disease.

According to the author, it is going to be the first comic book on cancer.

“Self V” was organised by Pink Hope Cancer Patient Support Group along with HCG (Healthcare Global Enterprises Limited).

“Self V” is a platform where survivors from across the country participate and share their stories of hope and inspiration.

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Cancer survivors are urged to take a self-video of up to 60 seconds duration, capturing the story of their struggle and conquest over cancer. The videos are then uploaded on Facebook on Self V website for people to watch and get inspired by their survival stories.

Neelam thanked cancer for changing her outlook towards life and making her pen even more books.

“I have to thank cancer for coming into my life because it completely changed my outlook and my compassion became deeper and my perspective became wider, and since I am a writer my pen became stronger,” she said.

“Why I thank cancer is, because I am a winner. I am a face of victory for many people who are going through it,” she said.

Neelam said each book she has written has helped survivors and care-givers.She said she wants her books to get translated into various languages so that the inspirational story of cancer survivors like her reach the rural masses.

“My aim is to reach out to rural masses. Since I am a writer and an author, I would like my book on cancer to be translated into many Indian languages. Doctors can only cure, but books give hope and happiness,” she said.

However, translation work requires a lot of fund, she said.

Amar Bhaskar, another cancer survivor, said after coming out of the woes of cancer twice, in 2010, he decided to give back to cancer survivors and patients by forming a support group.

Another cancer survivor, Urmi Sabnis, said she offers mammographies on International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day, at a very nominal rate, in order to spread awareness, telling people cancer could be overcome.

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