Posts made in 2018

Tribute to Senator McCain

Tribute to Senator McCain
August 30, 2018

Arizona Senator John McCain, a patriot and war hero who served for over three decades in Congress died on Saturday August 25, 2018. He was 81 years old. He fell victim to brain cancer. Although a lifelong Republican, he was held in high esteem by political rivals from both sides of the aisle.

It is difficult to find a decent and honest person like him in politics. The highlight of his decency and how he respected even his opponents came during his election campaign for presidency against Obama in 2008.

When a woman in the audience said that she did not trust Obama because she thought he was an Arab, John replied “No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man, a citizen, that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign is all about.”

President Bush wrote in his tribute “Some lives are so vivid, it is difficult to imagine them ended. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. John McCain was a man of deep conviction and a patriot of the highest order.”

Cancer Institute Foundation joins millions who are grieving his loss in paying tribute to him. We are proud to share the video from ABC News on his legacy.

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Kitchen Khiladi 2018

Kitchen Khiladi 2018
Finals Round

Saturday October 6, 2018 at 2 PM
Shastha Foods
2205 Ringwood Avenue
San Jose, CA 95131 [ Map ]
Preliminary round of cooking competition for Adults was held on September 22, 2018 at Centerville Junior High. To celebrate 10th year anniversary of the competition kids’ cooking, kids’ speech and kids’ dance competitions were also held. A record number of teams participated in these competitions.

Following are the top 3 winners of Kitchen Khiladi 2018 Adult Cooking Competitions!

Place Team Name Participants’ Names
First Rottu Kadai Alagammai Al, Unnamalai Annamalai
Second Heha Vanitha, Tamilselvimurthyraajan, Sino Vijay
Third Samayal Thozigal Vanitha Pitchaimalai, Geetha Pathinga Raja, Gayathri Selvaraj

Following 8 teams were selected by the judges for the final live cooking round. They are listed here in no particular order.

Team Name Participants’ Names
Rottu Kadai Alagammai Al, Unnamalai Annamalai, Al Laxman
Heha Vanitha, Tamilselvimurthyraajan, Sino Vijay
Beyond the Team Geetha, Vanee, Deepa
Hearty Kitchen Vanita Gurnani, Asma, Swathi
Samayal Thozigal Vanitha Pitchaimalai, Geetha Pathinga Raj, Gayathri Selvaraj
Maanja Elangovan Kulandaivelu
Sampoorn Ahaar Sudha Bhaskar
Kathukkutti Nithya Prabhakaran, Prabhakaran Ganesan

Here are the results of Kids’ Cooking Competition (Age group 5-10)

First Place Srijith Abhyuday
Second Place Kamalesh Aravind Kumar
Third Place Armaan Singh Pelia

Here are the results of Kids’ Cooking Competition (Age group 11-15)

First Place Akhash Arjundayal
Second Place Jagannath Prabhakaran
Third Place Aatikah Fatima

Here are the results of Kids’ Speech Competition (Age group 5-10)

First Place Ashrithaa
Second Place Huzaifa Ahmed
Third Place Saara Diwane

Here are the results of Kids’ Speech Competition (Age group 11-15)

First Place Chandrasekar Kamaraj
Second Place Parth Diwane
Third Place Aatikah Fatima

Here are the results of Kids’ Dance Competition (Semi-Classical Round)

First Place Dazzling Girls (Deeksha Bharath, Rohita Chandramohan Anitha, Parnithaa Sureshchandar, Darshika PraveenKumar)
Second Place Nritya Bhakthi (Chaanakya Bowrisetti, Aditi Meti, Vedha Shiju, Teresa Joseph, Sahasra Boddu)

Here are the results of Kids’ Dance Competition (Freestyle Round)

First Place Shining Stars (Sankaraguru Periasamy, Tanish Boorgula, Indruthi Markuk, Ashvi Verma, Niyuta Gandrapu, Sai Achintya)
Second Place Little Stars (Yashnik Markuk, Vaishnavi Mogillapally, Sripad Bhavi, Ashmita Vivekraj, Savith Pasupunoori, Gurusmaran Catna, Siddiksha Reddy Endoori, Afrah Sayed)
Third Place Swinging towards the Careness (Ameya Shankar, Sahana Sathyagiri, Subiksha Shri Palanisamy, Akhilan Theiventhiran, Shaanvi Mahesh, Joshya Pinnapu, Tejal Anandan, Diya Chandramouly, Ishaani Pillai, Alina Agarwal, Akshita Badrinath, Akila Senthilkumar)

Congratulations to all the winners!

Admission is free for live cooking final round for adults. Please join us to encourage the participants.

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Power of Yoga

Power of Yoga
July 19, 2018

Thendral Tamil magazine interviewed Ms. Vedavalli for June 2018 issue. She was a top performer in a multinational corporate company when she discovered she had stage-3 cancer. She was only 32. The whole world crumbled around her.

One of the doctors recommended her to take up yoga. She started taking yoga lessons from Yogacharya Jayagopal (Sivarishi). He introduced her to yoganidra, a type of yoga training to control body, thought and breathing. She had miraculous recovery and decided to bring the power of yoga to other cancer patients. She started a group named Saki and visited Cancer Institute on weekends and taught yoga to cancer patients. She decided not to go back to work and started Sathyananda Yogam to  teach yoga full time to patients at her home. She decided to take the power of yoga to special need children and started training them also. She could see significant improvement in their condition.

When life threw a curve ball at her not only did she face it bravely, she also decided to help others. Read her inspiring story here. You can also read the PDF version of the interview here. If you do not read Tamil but understand it, you can listen the entire interview narrated here.

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“The News Minute” Interview of Dr. Shanta

“The News Minute” Interview of Dr. Shanta
July 9, 2018

The News Minute interviewed Dr. Shanta about her early life and her thoughts on healthcare today. This interview carries interesting insight into the early life of Dr. Shanta and also some of the rare photos of Dr. Shanta from her early years.

She talks about her family background and how she decided to go to medical school. She also talks about why she decided to pursue oncology. She discusses her initial days at the Cancer Institute.

On the present state of medicine she calls out that medicine is no longer a human issue; medicine has become a business, an industry. She expresses concern that service ethos is gone and there is also no political understanding at the top that cancer needs special attention. She concludes the interview with a quip “so much to be done and so little has been done”.

You can read the full interview here. If this link does not work you can read the PDF version of the interview here.

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Geethanjali (Boston)

Geethanjali (Boston)
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 3 PM

Trottier Middle School Auditorium
49 Parkville Road
Southborough, MA 01772 [ Map ]
Boston chapter of Cancer Institute Foundation presented Geethanjali, a tribute to Late Smt. Geetha Murali.

Audience enjoyed an evening of divine music. Vocal and instrumental music segment was performed by local music teachers and the finale will be performed by Smt. Rasika Murali.

Checkout the event flyer for details. Proceeds from the show go to treat underprivileged cancer patients in India and also in setting up Cancer Screening & Prevention Centers in every district of Tamil Nadu. Learn about this cause and donate generously!

We want to take this opportunity to thank all the artistes, volunteers, patrons and donors for your kind support.

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