2019 Rhythms of India Gala

Vancouver, BC 06 April 2019 Raas Garba a traditional folk dance from Gujarat is performed at the 2019 Rhythms of India Gala supporting Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration. (Photo: Chuck Russell/Two Worlds Cancer)
Music, dance and generosity brought 500 guests together at the 2019 Rhythms of India Gala – supporting Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration – to raise in excess of $100,00 to help families in India and South Asia facing cancer.

Music, dance and generosity brought 500 guests together at the 2019 Rhythms of India Gala – supporting Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration – to raise in excess of $100,00 to help families in India and South Asia facing cancer.

The funds raised at the Gala on April 6th help children like Lohitha, an 8-year-old who was diagnosed in Hyderabad with leukemia, a type of blood cancer.

“If she was in Canada her chance of cure would be 93 percent. Yet, because she is in India, her chances are less than 25 percent,” Dr. Megan Doherty, Pediatric Program Director Two Worlds Cancer, said.

For those facing cancer, it really does matter where you live in this world.

“I shouldn’t be alive today and somebody in India not be alive. It’s not right”, our keynote speaker, cancer survivor and former Canadian TV broadcaster, Tamara Taggart said.

“It’s no longer acceptable to have two standards of care,” Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, President Two Worlds Cancer, said. “This is why Two Worlds Cancer is focusing on palliative care and bridging that gap.”

The 2019 Rhythms of India Gala achieved two things. Firstly, it built a culture and a legacy within the BC Indo-Canadian community to help India achieve the standards of care we experience here. Secondly, it enables the work of the volunteer Canadian and international health care experts who collaborate with care professionals in India and South Asia to help reduce the cancer burden, Dr. Sutcliffe explained.

Through the dedication and generosity of our sponsors and donors, and the volunteers who made this event happen, one evening in Vancouver generated the support required to operate our pediatric palliative care programs for a year – helping children like Lohitha and her family.

Thank you for your support. It is sincerely appreciated, especially by those in India and other regions who are affected by cancer, Dr. Sutcliffe added.

To donate to Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration or for more information: twoworldscancer.ca