In 2004, Vivek Anand Oberoi joined forces with the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA). He had an original idea 18 years ago when he celebrated his birthday with children who are battling cancer. To cheer them up, he invited cancer survivors he calls “angels”. These survivors inspired the other children emotionally to fight the disease. Seeing the difference in the health of the children who felt hopeful and inspired to win against the disease, he holds birthday parties with them till this day. He also organizes magic shows and shows films to motivate them to fight the disease.
Over the past 18 years, he has helped more than 250,000 disadvantaged children, both emotionally and financially, fight cancer. With CPAA, Vivek has rescued families sleeping on the sidewalk outside Tata Memorial Hospital, given them a place to stay, and financially supported their children to fight this terrible disease. He also built relationships with doctors, thanking and acknowledging them for not billing, getting life-saving drugs at discounted prices, and talking to drug companies to partner with ACMPA.
The actor’s steadfast efforts over the past 18 years have been a blessing to many farmers and their families who have had to mortgage their lands and homes with loan sharks who load a bomb for relief. Vivek’s motto is to ensure that no child should suffer deathly because their parents could not afford these necessary treatments and if a way to fight this battle is available, every child should have a chance to have it. .
As he looks back on his journey with young cancer patients, Vivek says, “I am happy to have the opportunity to meet these angels and help them to the best of my ability. The smile on their faces and the twinkle in their eyes only motivates me to stay there for them. I urge everyone to come forward and help these kids lead lives that are not much different from other kids. Over the past 18 years, my greatest accomplishments have been to have been able to help over 250,000 poor children from farming families in rural India to help them fight cancer, financially and emotionally. I refuse to call them patients because they are truly some of the bravest children. At 7 and 8 years old, they have the courage to fight cancer. That’s why I call them fighters.
On World Cancer Day today, the actor took to social media to share a moving video thanking young cancer survivors for leading by example and inspiring little fighters. The montage gives a glimpse of him sharing emotional moments with them. What caught our attention was a Vivek montage with a baby Sahara born with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He is seen talking about taking her to a doctor while filming Saathiya. Sahara, who is now 18, has fought the disease and is leading a normal and happy life.
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