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Harakhchand Savla: An unsung hero and a ray of hope for cancer patients
Not everyday do we see somebody helping others without expecting anything in return. But Mr Harakhchand Savla, 57, is one such true example. He provides accommodation and serves food & medicines to cancer patients, along with their relatives, admitted in various hospitals of Mumbai.

His journey began 30 years ago when he was moved by the plight of cancer patients that he saw at Tata Memorial Hospital. Committed to contribute his bit towards helping them, he started serving food to about 25 people.

Today, this trust serves hot meals to about 700 people on a daily basis. The now 57-year old Savla works with the same vigour when he started at the age of 20. The food is prepared specially for cancer patients with turmeric infused milk being served to those who have undergone rigorous chemotherapy sessions or have throat cancer and can't digest salty food.

The trust runs more than 60 humanitarian projects. As the managing trustee, Mr Savla has expanded it to three more cities of the country namely Mumbai, Jalgoan and Kolkata. From very early on in life, he had been sensitive towards the cause of poor & needy. As per the website of his trust, Salve as a child used to save his bus travel expenses to school to pay school fees for one of his friends who couldn't afford to pay.

The trust is also expanding its services to help the cancer patients deal with their struggles, both emotionally & financially. A network of patients has been created where people donate their unused & unexpired medicines which are further given to hospitals for free distribution to poor cancer patients.

Jeevan Jyot has been innovating on its methods to encourage people to donate for their cause. Names of people who contribute clothes, medicine or cash are published in a local Jain tabloid as a sort of appreciation and to encourage others to donate for the cause. The trust also takes old newspapers from people to sell them to buy medicines for poor patients.

A toy bank has also been created where people contribute toys which are given to children suffering from cancer. In addition to this, regular activities such as one day picnics are planned for children and patients to help them deal with their fight against cancer.

The trust has also expanded its services to counseling & rehabilitation of patients that are cured or are in the last stages of the disease. Going further into the root cause of the disease, this trust runs public awareness campaigns and conducts cancer detection camps for early detection & prevention of cancer.

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