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Harakchand Savla : A legend for cancer patients

by the owl speaks

A common man, Harakchand Savla, who is helping lakhs of people who are battling with cancer, is not less than “Massiha” for cancer patients for 33 years. Today, he is not only feeding over 700 underprivileged cancer patients food but also helping them get free medicines and residence in a city like Mumbai. The man is not fame-hungry rather he is one among those protagonists of India whom neither works for recognition nor to conquer the hearts of the people. He only desires to change society for the better. He is bringing a revolutionary change in his unique way and in his unique by helping the cancer patients and their family members.
When he was only 11, he used to trudge 5 kilometers in cold wintery mornings to the school on foot. The money that he used to get from his father for bus fare, with that money he paid the fee of his friend, to save him from dropping out. As he was very familiar in his society because of the social and novel deeds he has started as part of ‘Lower Parel Mitra Mandal,’ people would approach him quite often.
One day, a young girl approached him and asked him to help her mother who was diagnosed by cancer as she was not financially stable and also did not know about the treatment of the duration. He took both of them to Tata Memorial Hospital. He was also not aware that the hospital provides subsidized treatment for cancer, so he landed up entering the private OPD. He informed the girl that she would end up her month’s salary in a day there and reached to Sion Hospital where her mother got treatment for two months and recovered from breast cancer. Later on, when he realized his mistake, he joined his hands and cried for her forgiveness. On the contrary, “She smiled and said where her mother got treated doesn’t matter, what matters is that you saved her life. You are god to us, Savlaji.”
These words changed his life. It was a turning point in his life and then he decided to help underprivileged people who are fighting with cancer.
Initially, he started spending his own income on feeding the cancer patients and providing medicines on the pavement of the hospital from his own kitchen for 12 years. But as the number of patients rose, he realized the size of his pocket remains the same.
He rented out his own hotel that was the source of income to him and was getting him good business and raised some money. From these funds, he started the Jeevan Jyot Cancer Relief charitable activity right opposite Tata Cancer Hospital, on the pavement next to Kondaji Building.
The trust now runs over 80 activities, out of which 30 are cancer-related.
He says that his wife has been a pillar of strength and support at all times in all his activities: his vision of social work, balance home, and business.

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