I started for Bangalore on 27th June from Charlotte, reached on 29th June early morning. It was an immense privilege and honor to meet the remarkable people in Bangalore who have come forward to work on Breast Cancer Awareness and Education. Every one of them that I met in person, I connected with them from US via telephonic meetings or through emails. They are the wonderful selfless people, who have come forward to be part of this campaign.
One on One Meeting with Mrs. Savitri Choudhury— Major Deepshikha Gupta introduced me to Mrs. Savitri Shoudhury. It was an honor meeting such an inspirational person as Sabi who is originally from Assam. Sabi is going to connect me with her network who she feels will be very impactful.
Collaborator: Dr. Geetha Manjunath and Nidhi Mathur (COO, Niramai): I am extremely thankful to Devaraj Das for having connected me to Dr. Manjunath. Dr. Geetha Manjunath is the Co-founder and CEO of NIRAMAI Health Analytix, a startup developing a novel non-invasive Breast Cancer Screening Solution using Artificial Intelligence. NIRAMAI is developing a low cost, portable, non-contact, non-invasive, radiation-free solution for detecting early stage breast cancer in women of all age groups (and breast densities).http://niramai.com/ . We are collaborating from research perspective and also in educating women with materials from Breast Cancer Hub.
I am so thankful to Dr Vidhu Priya for taking the time to meet me and understand how she can help bring the awareness in her network.
My friends from Holy Cross School, Assam, Deepanwita Bagchi and Debjani Goswami, Computer Science Engineers who are working moms, busy in their lives took out time from their busy schedules to meet me and understand how the cause can be taken forward. Deepanwita and Debjani are selflessly coming forward to contribute to Breast Cancer awareness.
Collaborator: Meeting with Major Deepshikha Gupta-- I was introduced to Major Deepshikha Gupta by our Kellogg network- Raghu Reddy. Deepshikha is an electronics engineer and ex-Indian army Major (Corps of Engineering). She is currently doing a course in psychological counselling. She is an entrepreneur who started a non-profit foundation, “Hastkaam”. She wanted to do something to genuinely help the weavers and various crafts of India to reach larger audiences and for them to get direct profits and not the middlemen. She also works with an NGO called “Swakshatra” which rehabilitates sexually abused girls. I am very excited and honored about our collaboration. Deepshikha is taking the message of Breast Cancer awareness and education forward among the artisans from villages (Hastkaam) and also to “Swakshatra”.
It was my honor to meet Mrs. and Mr. Ravikumar, my friend Sri Lakshmi’s parents. Sincerely thankful to them for connecting me to their network and supporting the cause.
It was a privilege meeting Mr. KCN Reddy, Ms. Shobha Preetham Niranjan, Mr. Devarajan Kalladan, and Dr. Chethana Thirthahalli.
Collaborator: Mr. Devarajan Kalladan: Sincerely thankful to Arun Arunachalam from Northwesten Kellogg School of Management for getting me in touch with Mr. Devarajan. All the information available with BCH on awareness & education will be used in the outreach programs conducted by Rotary Club to help the local community.
Dr. Chethana Thirthahalli, Medical Officer, Indian Cancer Society, Bangalore- Extremely thankful to her for collaboration on awareness, education and research. Looking forward to our research work to understand the scenario of Breast Cancer in India.
By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy,
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub