Ring of Hope program expands to cover all eye cancers

Thanks to grants from the Madison Community Foundation’s Jaya G. Iyer Endowment Fund, Aravind is expanding our Ring of Hope program to treat all types of eye cancer in all ages.  The program will also provide reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation services to patients who lose their eyes and sight.

There are approximately 10,000 new cases of eye cancer each year in India – 70 to 80% are in adults.

When a parent or grandparent gets sick, it has a huge impact on the whole family and community.  An example is Muthammal, who was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.  Muthammal is 69 years old and has five children. Even at her age, she continues to work and help support her family.  She was broken-hearted on hearing that she had cancer and worried about the cost of her treatment. Through Aravind’s Ring of Hope program, she has now completed six cycles of chemotherapy and is on her way to recovery.

Aravind also thanks the Umberto Romano and Clorinda Romano Foundation, the Sohum Foundation, and the Yvette and Derryck Dias Foundation for their continuing support of our youngest patients!