Tata Medical Center Hosts SF Fundraiser for Kolkata Center


Geeta Gopalakrishnan speaking on the Tata Medical Center initiative.

By A Staff Reporter, Indiawest

SAN FRANCISCO, United States: The Tata Medical Center gave a presentation to 65 invitees interested in philanthropy April 19 at the Taj Campton here. Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, introduced Geeta Gopalakrishnan, the director of Donor Relationships for the Tata Medical Center in India, who apprised the audience on the issue of cancer treatment, a national concern, noting that the maximum numbers of specific cancers come from eastern India.

Gopalakrishnan, in collaboration with Tata Trusts, has championed the cause of spreading the word regarding the plight of underserved cancer patients in India.

Ratan Tata, concerned by this health crisis, set up a 350 crore world class cancer center in Kolkata, which was inaugurated in May 2011, with 50 percent of the beds reserved exclusively for the underprivileged.

Over 13,000 cancer patients have been treated, but with the pouring in of thousands more, the hospital needs to be expanded, Gopalakrishnan pointed out. People from all over India have contributed towards the raising of funds for this urgently needed expansion.

Actor Shahrukh Khan has lent his name for campaigns to raise funds, largely through the slogan, “My name is Khan and help me if you Khan.”

Meanwhile, former Indian American tennis star Vijay Amritraj, who flew in especially for the event, agreed to be part of a campaign called, “Make It 40 Love,” in which people can each donate $40 to offer a special treat for underprivileged hospitalized children throughout the Wimbledon season.

Those who wish to donate can do so online at the www.tmckolkata.com Web site.

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