Yoddhas - The Warriors - Fight Against Cancer
Published on July 1, 2014 um 14:19
Name of Enterprise
Yoddhas - The warriors
House No: 217, DK Officers Enclave Part-2 217, DK 2
110010 New Delhi
Type of Enterprise
Enterprise has a positive impact on
health, elderly , youth
Year the enterprise was founded
Summary of your enterprise
I am 29 year old male from India and was detected with a rare incurable form of Blood Cancer called Multiple Myeloma in Aug 2013 and have been battling since. After looking and researching around the internet and hospitals for information etc, I found that the help/support that an existing cancer patient can provide to another cancer patient is way more helpful than any other source. Thus I started an online support forum and a place for Indian Cancer patients to help each other. Eventually I wish to make it a global initiative where patients can help each other, new patients can learn from the experiences of others. Such support groups are very common in some countries but most of the countries still do not have a good support system for the patients. Its still very rare in India, where being detected with Cancer is like getting a death sentence. I am also looking at fighting and help others fight as a Warrior, thats the name of this initiative in Hindi yoddhas. In todays world when one says the word Cancer their hearts is filled with pity feelings, well we want to change that. Let every patient become a fighter and be treated like one. We want the battle of Cancer to be treated as a warrior.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We are in the initial phase of our journey, helping the patients in India. We are the first site dedicated to cancer information and support in India. We expect to raise the awareness among Indians and get the patients to help each other and learn from others experiences. There are a lot of poor patients who are not able to afford a world class treatment and a good support of an excellent doctor and hospital. They would be able to get the right information and support here for free. I also intend to have the data provided in the local language for better access. Also we are working on increasing the awareness among the youth about the Bone Marrow Donor-ship. We only have about 0.1 million registered donors in India with a population 1.20 billion. Now the ideal donor is anybody between 15-30 years of ages. Thus I wish to spread the awareness among the youth and ensure that nobody looses a life due to lack of a matching donor.
Sustainability and future plans
Be the trusted source of information and support for fighting Cancer in India and later worldwide. Make fighting Cancer more easy and help others. We are an online support group and have information setup with various international cancer forums to support this cause and spread the awareness. All services will be free to the patients and caregivers. People should always have a support to fall back on, to comfort them and answer all the questions that come into their mind when going through Cancer. We could look at support from the government as well. This is a self-growing dynamic setup where the knowledge is gold. Secondly, we will work on improving awareness on bone marrow blood registry in India. Currently we only have 0.45% worlds donors registered who are Indians (100,000 registered Indian donors. Total registered worldwide - 22 million). Currently Donor is charged rupees 2500 /- to register in the registry. Need to get enough support to make registering free in India.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Well what could be more motivating than having your life on the line for this, I am a Multiple Myeloma- Blood Cancer patient myself. Looking for a matching donor for myself. I wish to find a donor for myself and be able to help all the patients who might ever need a bone marrow donor and spread awareness about Cancer treatment, research, support etc. Background: I am a 29 year old male from India with Information Technologies background. I am now running Yoddhas- The Warriors full time.Also, I have been working with an NGO called Teach for India Helping the under privileged children attain quality education. I am a fun loving guy who loves to travel and talk to friends and discuss anything from politics to football.
The website - Support group
Yoddhas - A Fight Against Cancer
Poster being used in various hospitals