“Life is beautiful”…However, sometimes Life can play mysterious games around us, but how we overcome it, or how we get past it is what makes the difference. At times, this battle is to be fought long and hard by just one person. Cancer, a battle within your own body, is one such disease where you need to battle to recover. Unfortunately, this disease affects children as well, and to let them fight this, it needs a lot of courage, strength and endurance.
To put a smile on their face from the tiring routine of treatments, a play-park, ‘Happy Place’ is being built by the Madras Mylapore Round Table 3 and Madras Mylapore Ladies Circle 4 at the Adyar Cancer Institute. Built in a 4,000 sq. ft. area, this park has been carefully crafted to meet the needs of the kids in the paediatric ward. With nochi plants to keep the snakes and insects at bay, little bird houses to add the ‘at home feel’, colourful flowering plants, a podium with a beautiful mural to host plays and celebrations, every little detail has been looked into for providing their safety and to ensure that the kids are cheered up and have a ‘happy place’ during their treatment.
‘Happy place’ will be inaugurated at the Mahesh Memorial ward ofAdyar cancer institute on 20th February, 2017, Monday at 11 am by the chief guests, Dr. V. Shanta, Chairperson of The Adyar Cancer Institute and Ms. GautamiTadimalla. Ms. PrachiAgarwal, National President of Ladies Circle India will be the guest of honour. The donors, the chairman of Round Table Area 2, Mr AkshayDugar, chairperson of Ladies Circle Area 2, Ms ShrutiDugar, Dr. A.V Lakshmanan and Dr.Vidhubala from the Adyar cancer institute, Chairman of Madras Mylapore roundtable 3, Mr. Abishek Guptaand Chairperson of Madras Mylapore Ladies Circle 4, Mrs. KavithaShanbhag will be the other dignitaries present at the event.
Until now, there was no park nor a dedicated play area for the kids- some as young as 3 months old, who come for treatment. Building a park would give them some happy distraction while undergoing treatment and help them enjoy and live their childhood. The park will play a vital role in improving the children’s response to treatment in a holistic way thereby paving way for a speedy recovery.