The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Yoddhas - The Warriors - Fight Against Cancer

Published on July 1, 2014 um 14:19

Name of Enterprise

Yoddhas - The warriors

Location

House No: 217, DK Officers Enclave Part-2 217, DK 2
110010 New Delhi
India

Your title/position

Founder

Type of Enterprise

nonprofit organization

Enterprise has a positive impact on

health, elderly , youth

Year the enterprise was founded

2014

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.

Video (optional)

The website - Support group

Yoddhas - A Fight Against Cancer

Poster being used in various hospitals

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Comments

July 31, 2014 20:39

Thanks Deepa,

Thanks for your support and would like to mention that I am constantly in touch with Bone Marrow registries in India and specially Datri and infact I intend to start with Donor registries drives in various colleges here.

We have already partnered with Symbiosis Pune.

Regards,
Rahul

July 31, 2014 15:44

Great initiative, Rahul.

In addition to increasing general awareness about cancer treatments and prevention, it is good to see awareness being raised about bone marrow/blood stem cell donation. Like you mention in your video, the process is quite simple but a lot of people either do not know about it or have misconceptions. It would be good to see your organization collaborating with other organizations like Datri in India to promote and increase the number of registered blood stem cell donors.

March on with your positive spirit and win your own battle soon. Wishing Yoddhas success in all its ventures.

Take care,
Deepa

July 31, 2014 09:44

Never give up come on guys lets fight against cancer

July 31, 2014 09:43

Never give up come on guys lets fight against cancer

July 30, 2014 21:09

Hi Giridhar Sir,

Thank you for the comments and it would be a wonderful idea to connect with the respective team, I will take that up.

Thanks again for the suggestion.

Regards,
Rahul Yadav

July 30, 2014 21:06

Dear All,

Thank you for all your support and guidance.
We have taken all the suggestions given here or directly to me through the facebook page (www.facebook.com/yoddhas) and the website (www.yoddhas.com).

Would like to inform you that all the patients and the doctors in the forum would like to thank all for supporting and voting for us.

Regards,
Rahul Yadav

July 30, 2014 20:31

All the best rahul - cancer awareness and setting up bone marrow registries is a wonderful project - something that's really needed worldwide. Good luck!

July 30, 2014 20:11

Hi Rahul,

I really admire your spirit. By thinking of such a great idea in such tough times makes you a role model for many. You will win the battle with your cancer and will surely contribute a great deal to the war against cancer across the world by your initiative. My best wishes are with you.

After reading your idea, I thought I should connect you to a team of people who are also trying to fight cancer especially by helping the needy. Below is the blog which can give you the contact details of the people.

http://sahyog-sahyog.blogspot.in/

I know Sudha Narsimhachar(Sudha Aunty) and Mr Narsimhachar( Narsimhachar uncle) very well and they are also dedicated to the cause similar as yours. May be you can connect with them and see if you can give a shape to your idea along with them.

July 30, 2014 13:14

Good luck, and God bless.

July 30, 2014 08:46

Hi Rahul,
Its really heartening to see that you are really out there fighting it out and also trying to help others in the fight against cancer. Really Great.

My support is with you for this noble cause. All the best to you.

I can well understand what you and your near ones would have gone thro when you first discovered that you had cancer. I recently lost my mother to cancer. Even though she was 83, she was a very disciplined lady, strict vegetarian, doing yoga and going for regular walks etc. So it came as a huge shock to all of us when it was detected.

God Bless.

July 29, 2014 12:49

Wining or loosing doesn't mater now as Rahul has ignited the spark to this fire,
Your initiative will be bringing a while new realm of piossibilities
Great work

Everyone loves you

July 29, 2014 09:48

Dear NOSE

I have no idea why would you write something like this for such a noble cause and I don't want to waste my time thinking about such baseless allegations...
All I can say is - I definitely smell ( NOSE) some insecurity there! And that means that 'yoddhas' are doing something right! And will emerge even stronger..

July 29, 2014 09:39

Hi Rahul

Proud of you to have come up with such a great initiative..all the best and have faith..god is with u and so are all of us.

Bravo!

Regards

Simran

July 29, 2014 08:34

Little late a vote from me, but here its from me kudos !!!

July 28, 2014 23:02

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart they say and Yoddhas shall prove it all.
Great initiative,Best of luck :):)

July 28, 2014 23:00

Apologies if someone find my previous quote offensive.
in my defense, my mom is a patient and I know it firsthand what it is like to have ssomeone in family suffer and what she goes thru as a patient.
the spirit that this initiative bring to the table is exactly what I have beem trying to do at home.
awareness, information, assitance of any sort in such matters is a blessing.
You doing it great!!!

July 28, 2014 22:52

Dear Nose,
I suggest you play your part, just smell what u feel like and let the brains like us decide what is actually happening here.
your no reaction to our questioning has almost wasted ur few mins to create the fake profile.
sit behind your screen and do something worthwhile with your life.
hint hint- get some damn inspiration from this one solid rock of a guy, just listening to who's struggle will make u wet your pants.
something good is happening here, just let it reach the scale it has to, so it can benefit all those who can .
and honey next time, choose a better name!

July 28, 2014 22:03

Mr Nose, Don't underestimate the Indian Support Rahul Yadav has for this noble cause. we are 130 crore Indians, and this is just a start , not even .00001 % have done it yet. you would go crazy keeping a check on that many proxies . Don't give us the opportunity to finger your nose nemore.

Much Lowe from India

Happy Voting

July 28, 2014 22:03

Mr Nose, Don't underestimate the Indian Support Rahul Yadav has for this noble cause. we are 130 crore Indians, and this is just a start , not even .00001 % have done it yet. you would go crazy keeping a check on that many proxies . Don't give us the opportunity to finger your nose nemore.

Much Lowe from India

Happy Voting

July 28, 2014 21:32

Dear NOSE,
This is a free world and if you feel that any thing wrong has been done here then you are more than welcome to go ahead and complain. I wonder why would you specially create a fake profile about 40 minutes back and the first thing you do is put this false allegation. I dont see any details about you or linked FB,Twitter or linked in profile. So why have you specially created a fake profile here??

I hope you read about my initiative and visit my website www.yoddhas.com
Understand what we are doing and then think twice before posting such derogatory remarks.

I wish you well.

Rahul Yadav

July 28, 2014 21:26

Thank you all for a great support. It means a lot to me. Thanks to this I have got in touch with a lot of Cancer patients in India who have connected with me. I hope this initiative is able to help people like me generate awareness and help each other.

July 28, 2014 20:20

I believe that your votes are not legal, you're cheating because you're using proxies. I inform the administrator of this competition

July 28, 2014 13:29

Rahul - Always spread love, hope , sense of security like a true Yoddha - regards Rajesh Palaria

July 28, 2014 10:19

great work keep going.............

July 27, 2014 23:30

you are a true inspiration to many fighting the cancer battle.despite the stigma in the social fabric for cancer victims,you give them motivation and hope to stay alive. goodluck and God bless you all

July 27, 2014 21:21

All the best for your fight against cancer and for your great initiative. God bless you my friend.

July 27, 2014 17:57

Great going. I'm with you. Godspeed.

July 27, 2014 14:48

you are a pillar of confidence Rahul.
may god be your strength always

July 27, 2014 13:25

Lets Support him.. not only because he is only Indian and not because he is fighting for a cause but because.. He still wants to just HELP everyone fighting the same battle what he is going through! Respect Rahul Yadav!

July 27, 2014 13:21

Take Care Bro...All the best...You are in real words a 'Yoddha'-Warrior. I am proud of you man.

July 26, 2014 21:51

great going!!Superb initiative. god bless. come on people we need to support this tremendous cause!!!

July 25, 2014 13:45

Proud of you Rahul. You are indeed a true soldier. Keep up the fight.

Please let me know in case of any kind of help.

July 25, 2014 12:07

Thank you so much guy. You vote and support means a lot.

July 25, 2014 07:43

Great initiative.. We all support you.

July 24, 2014 14:24

Rahul, you are a true warrior, with your resolve, you will suceed

July 24, 2014 11:52

Proud of you Rahul. You are indeed a true soldier. Keep up the fight.

July 24, 2014 08:56

Great job rahul....proud of you.wish you a great success.

July 24, 2014 08:12

Kudos to your spirit and dedication towards such a great cause. You are truly an inspiration for all of us. Keep it going and we are there to support you.

July 24, 2014 05:50

All the best for your endeavour !!!

July 24, 2014 04:32

Rahul, Wish you the very best in your fight against cancer. Cancer can be defeated by those who take it headlong and have strong mental resilience and will power. Both of which you have. You are a fighter.Conquer cancer and be an inspiration to all.

July 23, 2014 22:16

Rahul,
Good job, dude.

Sadly, cancer seems be a gift of modernity.

Air conditioners, freezers, microwaves, genetic modification of crops, huge milk and dairy yields through 'technology', overweight poultry and meat producing livestock, harmful eggs etc etc.

I find the percentage of Americans who are either battling or surviving some form of cancer is far greater than in India. In our effort to mimic their life styles, we are headed down their path too.

We do need support forums of this kind to raise awareness and confidence.

Will meet you in Summer of 2015.

July 23, 2014 19:45

Wonderful work done. Well done and keep it up

July 23, 2014 10:38

all the best for this competetion!!!

July 21, 2014 10:24

Great work, Good luck!!!

July 21, 2014 10:12

Great Rahul, So once again a vote for Yoddhas. Hope you succeed.

July 20, 2014 16:28

I have also have a cancer fighter in my family and after the treatment she doing very fine . I vote because everyone should get same chance to live life and good amount of help also..

July 20, 2014 14:40

Very good step to live life like a real life YODDHA...
great work! My support is always with you guys.

July 20, 2014 11:41

We are with you. I have voted. Please vote and also visit the facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/yoddhas

July 19, 2014 19:37

Rahul this is a very good initiative that you have taken. You are a true Yoddha, who is a ray of hope for many others.
All the best and You will win this FIGHT.

July 19, 2014 17:25

A humane initiative by a true "Yoddha"...I hereby pledge my complete support...may u be victorious!!!

July 19, 2014 13:11

All the best buddy. Let me know if you need any support.

July 19, 2014 12:52

Its an highly appreciable effort..Good luck buddy.

July 18, 2014 20:28

Great initiative. All the very best. We are always with you!

July 18, 2014 19:40

You are a true fighter sir. Best of luck for the wonderful initiative.

July 18, 2014 16:40

Best of luck from all of us.

July 18, 2014 03:38

If you ask me it is cancer thats fighting you and not the other way round, made more lucid by such vibrant initiatives.All the very best at all times.

July 17, 2014 18:10

Thank you Maam.

July 17, 2014 15:26

Great Project Rahul!Hope your enthusiasm reaches out to everyone in this world and motivates them to become a Yoddha like you!

July 17, 2014 15:26

Great Project Rahul!Hope your enthusiasm reaches out to everyone in this world and motivates them to become a Yoddha like you!

July 17, 2014 15:26

Great Project Rahul!Hope your enthusiasm reaches out to everyone in this world and motivates them to become a Yoddha like you!

July 17, 2014 12:34

Thanks everyone for your tremendous support. Please vote and spread the word.
You can also leave your comment here.
How can we reach more people to spread awareness for the same.

July 16, 2014 09:32

This is a great work you are doing. Proud of you. I hope this helps a lot of people battling this. Good luck..

July 16, 2014 08:06

Rahul, I had no idea you were undergoing treatment. You are a fighter, as are all cancer survivors. This project will do good to everyone battling cancer and am proud of you for taking this initiative. Positive attitude can beat anything and am so happy to see you take everything in your stride and make a platform which will benefit all. Kudos to you!