diseases like the big
C, you continue the journey of the existing life to its completion.
and. then beyond .If you don’t survive the big C, you just
get a ticket to go directly beyond on an unknown highway.
The ADVENTURE is to inculcate an ATTITUDE to
ones own inner strengths and spirits.
and EXPAND …one’s own horizons.
through all odds and trying times… on the highways
the fear of unknown in one’s roller coaster quest
exhilarating moments of going beyond
The MISSION is to create advocacy and awareness by
out to the urban,rural, and far flung areas .
mainly on breast, cervical and oral cancers
myths and stigmas related to cancer
Importance of early
Importance of Self
breast examination by demonstrating the ways to do.
Those touched by this illness and instilling hope, support,and motivation
Peer support group
|Instilling adventure spirits
to take up challenges through our adventure events providing
a unique and inspiring peer support opportunity specially for
under-served groups of breast cancer survivors.thereby creating
a broader social impact.
|Getting connected within and beyond borders,
face to face,through telephonic-helplines, postal mails and
|Motivational talks , through a 25/40min.
documentary and sharing personel experiences to various support
groups, doctors , corporates, hospitals, clubs,org.,schools
Dr.Ritu Biyani - Joseph-- B.D.S. Director
Ritu Biyani Joseph, a mother of one child, was diagnosed of Breast
cancer in the year 2000 at the age of 40. For the next 8 months
she confronted the disease with the help of her treating doctors
and support of her family members, undergoing 2 Surgeries and 6
cycles of Chemotherapy followed by tamoxifien for 5 years.
The physical and emotional effects left by her ‘adventure
with breast cancer’ did not deter her from continuing with
her daily life as a working mother, a committed healer and an avid
adventurer !! Her Clinic, Tennis, Trekking, Badminton, driving across
the various states of India and looking after a growing adolescent
never stopped!! Simultaneously she started meeting other patients,
boosting their spirits and cheering them up..
Professionally a Dental Surgeon, she served as a Captain in the
Indian Army for 10 years [1981 to 1992].Presently, she has her own
dental practice at Pune –Maharashtra (India).
She extends her expertise to conduct dental health education, and
cancer awareness programmes to the various strata of society. She
utilizes her zeal for trekking and driving to reach out to the hard-
to-reach with her outreach programmes.
She has worked with the tsunami affected people in the coastal
areas of Tamilnadu- India, in 2004
Ritu is an adventurer by heart who loves challenges. Having already
experienced the pumping of adrenaline as a mountaineer, skydiver
and a paratrooper.
She has endorsed her name as the first lady Paratrooper in the history
of the Army Dental Corps in Jan 1984
Ritu‘s extensive travels through the length and breath of
the country both during her Army career and her adventure pursuits
have given her tremendous insight into the life and needs of rural
India and the country’s cultural, communal and traditional
biodiversities. She has driven more than 60,000kms post cancer.
Her passion for driving, sprouted into PROJECT High>>>Ways,
an unique blend of adventure sports with cancer awareness mission
across the country; the very first of its kind in India ,thus creating
history as the first mother daughter duo expedition with the mission.
She is an avid photographer, bird watcher, with keen interest
in the environment.
Her pioneering efforts has taken her to various forums
where she has addressed
|3rd International Asia Pacific Reach to Recovery
breast cancer support conference- JAGRUTI at Mumbai Nov 2006.
||TATA Memorial Hospital (Mumbai)
||Astra Zeneca Breast Cancer Summit at their launch
of Faslodex at Mumbai.Feb 2007
||‘Windows to World’ at Astra Zeneca Banglore March
|Rotary clubs, Red Cross society, local organizations, support
groups, corporates, schools, colleges, youth organizations and
She is also addressing at the
|International Conference on Survivorship and Supportive Care
in Cancer Kuala Lumpur 10-12 August 2007.
Dr Ritu Biyani has made it her life’s mission to spread awareness
about cancer, particularly breast cancer, among women in not just
the urban centres in India but in the remote and tough-to-communicate
stretches of the country, that have already made her into a Limca
Book of Records holder for driving solo, in the first mother-daughter
duo to drive over 30,220 kms touching the four tips of India at
Kutch, Kannyakumari, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. The measure of
people’s appreciation of Ritu’s work is evident from
the fact that she has held camps at some of the most sensitive locations
in the country where law and order problems , and social unrest
have deterred many from even venturing into these territories, leave
alone engage in public speaking . Her greatest satisfaction is the
unhindered co-operation she received from every single individual
in all her travels, be it a tribal, civilian, defence personnels,
govt servants etc, each of whom she was a messenger of good hope.
She engages audiences on various facets of the ailment and endeavours
to bring about an understanding of the realities about the disease,
and the after effects of such diagnosis and ways to deal with the
emotional and physical trauma, citing her personal example of one
who stood up to the challenge of this dreaded condition.
Ms. Tista Joseph
15 yr old, daughter of Dr. Ritu Biyani, she has seen her mother
through her illness and bonds well with the families of patients.
Presently doing her 10th at St. Mary’s school (Pune), Tista
a budding photographer and writer, has traveled extensively with
her mother. She has an excellent adaptability to rural, tribal and
urban life. Has a keen interest in social, environmental and wildlife
Her articles have featured in Sanctuary Cub Magazine.and local
Was a speaker at the 3rd International Asia Pacific Reach to Recovery
breast cancer support conference- JAGRUTI at Mumbai nov 2006
She assists her mother with the cancer awareness campaigns as and
when she can peep out of her study schedule. She is a hockey player
and a swimmer.
DR. RITU AND TISTA HAVE FEATURED IN LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS 2007FOR
UNDERAKING THE FIRST EVER MOTHER-DAUGHTER DUO CANCER AWARENESS EXPEDITION-