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1. Cancer Awareness Presentation to be held in Lion’s Club of Birla Sea Pearl, Mumbai in October 2018.
2. One day Screening Camp for women to be organised in October 2018 in Vapi (Gujarat).
3. Many RACE members to attend CACI general body meeting at Bangalore from 7-9 December 2018.
4. Cancer Survivors’ Day to be organised on June 2, 2019 (Sunday) in Ahmedabad.
RACE Team to visit Gadge Maharaj Dharamshala, Dadar on 3rd Oct 2018 for distribution of old clothes and eatables for Cancer patients and their attendants.
I first met Dr Rita Banik when we were both presenters at the 6 th World conference on breast cancer in Hamilton, Canada in June of 2011. She gave me a copy of her cancer awareness book: ‘Kick the beast out of your life’. The first edition was published in 2008. This excellent handbook is distributed in India at no cost and has already been reprinted in a second edition. It was obvious that Rita’s personal cancer experience in 2006 fueled her fighting spirit. Her perseverance, work ethic, sweet nature and approachable demeanour would propel her to get the word out about cancer prevention, early diagnosis and treatment. She wanted to do more than the book, she wanted to reach as many people as possible. Attending international conferences taught her a lot: meeting people from all over the world inspired her to create ‘RACE to rein-in-cancer’ (Charitable Trust). My first visit to India coincided with a workshop that Rita was giving in Gandhinagar in January 2014. Since that time, we have collaborated on several presentations, but these are only a tiny number of RACE workshops that she has been running, along with her dedicated team of volunteers, to groups large and small: of students, parents, cancer survivors and medical staff. Rita, along with her wonderful team, works tirelessly to get the message of cancer awareness out through the charity ‘RACE to rein-in-cancer’, by distributing informational literature, holding an annual cancer walk and hosting meetings in schools, temples, community centers, and even in her own home. On top of all these tasks and events she finds time to put out a newsletter for Race as well. Fundraising is key in such an undertaking, and to maximize the efficiency of every rupee donated to RACE, not only does she work out of her own home, saving money on rent for an office, but she does not draw a salary. Raising money for any charity is hard work and Rita is committed that the funds raised for RACE go to educational materials and needy patient care. Rita does this great work with vigour and humility, it is all about the message and the result, it is not about her. No one understands the cancer struggle and the needs of patients more than she does. She worked through her personal chemotherapy treatments to create The First International Oncology Conference that was held in Delhi in November 2017. This event was not only proof of Rita's strength and dedication, but to the high esteem in which she is held by her fellow Race to rein in cancer team members and colleagues. She is a strong and modest leader. I am very grateful to be able to work with Rita in my distant capacity as External Adviser, offering whatever advice and support that I can and I am very proud of all her hard work. RACE to rein-in-cancer is certainly a cause worth supporting.Rosemary Kelly