Prime News, National and International, Health, Disease, Mysuru, September 23:- The HCG Bharath Hospital Institute of Oncology observed ‘World Rose Day’ here on Wednesday (September 22) to bring some cheer to cancer patients and their caregivers.
World Rose Day is organised in memory of 12-year-old Melinda Rose from Canada who was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer. Her doctors did not give her more than a few weeks to live, but she lived for six months and made her life meaningful by giving hope to many other cancer patients and their caregivers with her letters, poems and emails.
After distributing roses to all the patients and wishing them good health, Dr M S Vishveshwara, Chief Radiation Oncologist and Medical Superintendent, said “Fighting cancer is a hard and prolonged battle. Apart from health consequences, there’s stress, psychological impact and distress that cancer brings around. It can be emotionally draining to fight the disease and patients need a lot of courage and positivity to keep going through the tough times, even from the ones supporting them. It is also commemorated as the day to raise awareness regarding early detection and prevention which cannot just cure many cancers but also save lives.”
Nirmala K Murthy, Centre Manager, HCG Bharath Hospital Institute of Oncology, who also spoke on the occasion, said “Rose a symbol of love, tenderness and concern, was offered to the cancer patients to give them strength to fight against cancer. It also aims at highlighting the importance of cancer awareness and spreading love and being careful with people battling cancer. The day also aims to spread a message to all cancer patients that they can fight the disease with strong will power and spirit, and serves as a ray of hope for them.” (MR)