Cancer Awareness Events held in 5 cities in the USA

Cancer Awareness Events held in 5 cities in the USA

With the blessings of Her Holiness Satguru Mata Sudiksha Ji Maharaj, the Sant Nirankari Mission and the United Nations worked together in 5 cities across America to hold a cancer awareness event on Saturday, 23rd February 2019, on the pious occasion of Baba Hardev Singh Ji’s Birth Anniversary.

The 5 cities were Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York/New Jersey and Seattle. Each branch donated all the proceedings to a children hospital as this was the vision of Her Holiness Mata Savinder Hardev Ji.

This noble cause inspired youth and elders alike, who were full of enthusiasm and attended the cancer awareness event in understanding that they had to honor the taken and give strength to those that were still fighting or those that are now cancer free.

People from outside the Sant Nirankari Mission attended the events in each of the 5 cities and were impressed with the work the Mission does towards social causes. The philosophy of oneness and humanity was greatly appreciated by those who were attending an event hosted by the Sant Nirankari Mission for the first time.

Important members of the community attended the cancer awareness events in each of the 5 cities and were very impressed by the charitable acts of the Mission and how it was important to raise cancer awareness to help as many children as possible. Members of the wider community were thrilled to see that our focus was on making sure cancer awareness was the focal point of attention and seeing our spirit of togetherness gave warmth in what was a cold day in each of the 5 cities.

Below is a quick summary on what happened at each of the 5 cities.

Atlanta:

The event began at 11am at Newtown Park, Johns Creek starting with registrations and refreshments. This was followed by a few speeches by representatives from different organizations that came to support this noble cause.

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A large donation was given to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). Melisa Morrow, Development Officer of Annual events and community relations from CHOA came to support the walk. She was very impressed with the Sant Nirankari Mission’s efforts to create cancer awareness and for collecting funds for childhood cancer. She was very inspired with the energy of the event.

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Chicago:

Sant Nirankari Mission – Chicago partnered with Susan B. Komen for the Cure and the American Cancer Society to bring awareness to our communities about cancer. U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamurthi, reflected that cancer does not discriminate and that we must work together to create awareness and raise funds to help find a cure.

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Two cancer survivors from the American Cancer Society shared their own experiences as well as the history of the organization. One of the survivors, Jamie, was diagnosed when she was 14 years old and now dedicates her life to bringing awareness to youth everywhere. Jana Geyer, the final speaker of the day created the ‘Check Yourself’ movement after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32 years. She discussed the importance of checking and trusting our bodies for signs and signals.

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Houston:

Sant Nirankari Mission organized a charity walk at George Bush Park in Houston on a Saturday morning to raise awareness and raise funds for M.D. Anderson, Children Hospital, Cancer Department. This was well attended by almost 100 people including Cancer societies, Be the Match (Bone marrow drive) Deputy Sheriff, Naseer Abbasi and the wider community.

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Commissioner Ken Merchant from Ford Bend Country challenged everyone for the task of raising awareness of cancer in children. Young saint Karina Kamal led us with a pledge for humanity. Local children from the Sant Nirankari Mission performed a song. Gyatri Kapoor, from ‘Be the match’ gave tips about the cure and the steps to prevent infections. She explained that to help cancer patients cope with the challenging times when there is a need for Bone marrow transplant and stem cells.

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New York/New Jersey:

A Cancer Awareness Walk was held at the world-renowned New York Downtown area, with the backdrop of the serene Hudson River and the boldly mounting Statue of Liberty. Despite the cold weather, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming.

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Arun Ahluwalia Ji (General Secretary, SNM USA) declared the program open. This was followed by songs from kids and youth from New York and New Jersey branches. Educational Speeches were also shared by Dr. Shivraj Tyagi Ji and Dr. Samdish Sethi Ji.

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Following this ceremony, delegates led the crowd honoring the core event, Cancer Awareness Walk. During the walk, once again the crowd drew great amount of attention from the locals and agreeable nods and smiles were exchanged.

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Seattle:

The Cancer Awareness Rally was held at Bellevue Downtown Park in the afternoon at 1pm. Many curious onlookers stopped by the registration desk to find out what the Sant Nirankari Mission was and about the cause that we were raising awareness about. Sant Nirankari Mission - Seattle raised a generous donation that went directly to the Seattle Children’s Hospital, Cancer Department.

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The program began with a brief introduction on the Sant Nirankari Mission followed by a few speeches from local dignitaries and 3 local congregation members. Deputy Mayor Lynne Robinson along with Council Member Janice Zhan were in attendance and shared their experiences. They did the ribbon cutting ceremony for the walk. Ms. Shree Saini, who is Ms. India Worldwide spoke words of encouragement towards those fighting the battle of cancer.

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The highlight of the program was when everyone rejoiced together while walking or taking photos and recited slogans.

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Gratitude to Satguru:

Each of the 5 cities had enthusiasm and passion for the cancer awareness event and felt very blessed that Satguru Mata Sudiksha Ji Maharaj had given them this opportunity to serve the local community in such a way. We pray at the holy feet of our Satguru that may we always work together and always hold Her vision at the forefront of our minds and hearts. ***