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Childhood cancer awareness exhibition kicks off at Taj Mahal complex

Updated: Sep 25, 2016 23:40 IST

Agra (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Sept. 25 (ANI): As many as 1,500 children affected by cancer, survivors, families and social support teams are expected to participate in a three-day 'Chalo Chalein Taj Mahal' programme and first-of-its-kind exhibition on childhood cancer awareness that kicked off on the premises of Taj Mahal here on Sunday.

The exhibition is part of 'Go Gold India; Taj Goes Gold and UP Goes Gold' campaign of non-government organisation (NGO) 'CanKids-Kidscan', a registered charitable National Society. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also extended his support to the campaign.

Nearly 250 cancer-affected children are likely to visit from Lucknow, Allahabad and Kanpur, 1200 from Delhi, Noida and other parts of the country, including award winners of 'I Deserve', 'Light it up Gold Taj Mahal' and 'I Pledge Campaign The Taj will GO Gold' in the first-time-ever childhood cancer exhibition, said 'CanKids-Kidscan'.

At the exhibition, families will also see a special show 'Taj, the timeless beauty' at Kalakriti and a special function will be organised to commemorate the occasion. Besides these, a 'nukkad natak' (street play) by childhood cancer survivors, a song performance and various messages by dignitaries from across the world to support the campaign will be shown at the function, CanKids-Kidscan added.

One of the cancer survivors said gold is the colour for childhood cancer as children are priceless and precious and they must be given proper treatment.

"We have organised a childhood cancer exhibition here spread over an area of 150 metre. We have used gold ribbon. We are encouraging people and creating awareness," said organiser of CanKids-Kidscan's Poonam, who herself is cancer survivor.

They demanded eight things from the government for cancer treatment including increasing the number of cancer centres and use a single protocol across India among others. They also asked for a proper childhood cancer programme with engagement of cancer survivors, their families and NGOs working in this field.

Chandan Sen, another cancer survivor, is collecting 25,000 signatures in support of their demands. "I am collecting 250,000 signatures from all over the world. Each signature is for a new cancer sufferer. I will present this to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda to fulfil our eight demands," she said.

Explaining the purpose behind organising the exhibition on the Taj Mahal Complex that will conclude on September 27, Agra District Magistrate Gaurav Dayal said it gave better publicity to the exhibition.

"The purpose of organising at the Taj Mahal is that people in large number can visit this (exhibition) and it can get better publicity. I think it's successful in that regard," Dayal added. (ANI)