humanbeings,specially those touched by the BIG C,to
explore their inner strengths and drive on their own High>>>Ways….
Mission… to utilize my adventure spirits
to reachout and conduct awareness with special emphasis on breast,cervix
and oral cancers..amongst people inhabiting the various geographical
areas of our vast country.
However, this was not just a one off effort. The successful solo
drive of 30,220km in 177 days and an attendance of over 26,000 in
the 140 camps conducted across the country and the feedbacks and
response received has encouraged me to undertake more such highways,with
an effort to reachout to more and more people . There is so much
more to be done and so much area to be covered
2007 -2008 Cancer awareness camps in
HIGH>>>WAYS beyond cancer 07
High>>>ways and the Red shield
division of the Indian army transcends to fight an enemy called
18th Jun 2007 – 04th Jul 2007. High>>>Ways
connects to the land of Manipur through Red Shield Division of the
Conducting cancer awareness sessions, specially on Breast, cervix
& Oral Cancers amongst families of the uniform set up and the
local populace including the various tribes nestled in the vast
valleys and the folds of the blue smoky mountains of MANIPUR - the
Jewel land of India. Manipur is one of the northeastern State of
India, a land where the GODS themselves took to dancing, through
the famous Ras-leela.
Cancer Awareness Sessions held at-
||Wangu Sagong Mkt
||Moirang INA Museum Hall
||Total : 17 Camps
For civil populace - 9
Meities, Kukis, Hilltribes Nagas, Meities Pangal, Thar Thanghul
HQ 57 Mtn Div - 3
Families and troops.
HQ IGAR (South) - 5
Families and troops.
Attendance - 4600 Plus
|Females - 77%
||Males - 23 %
Cancer Affected Cases/ Survivors met - 5
|Cervix Cancer (Two)
||Acute Myeliod Luekemia (One)
||Breast Cancer (One)
Out of the 2 breast
cancer survivors, one I met at Moirang had bone metastases and could
not walk, so went to meet her & her family at their house. Spend
some time with her and separately with her family. Later, her case
was informed to Dr. R. A. Badwe (Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai)
from where she had taken part of her treatment.
The Acute myeloid
Leukemia needed medicines costing more than Rs.7000/per box. Looking
for some one to help her get the medicines.
cases of lumps in breast/ armpits approached after the presentation
& were advised to get a thorough check up done at their respective
hospitals, including RIIMS Manipur.
cases of Chronic infection and discharge were directed for PAPS
Test and further needful to the Hospital
Language Barrier was overcome by translators from
respective areas who volunteered to be an interpreter.
||Information on Breast & Cervix cancer was
also translated in Manipur language, copies of which were handed
over to core people to distribute further.
||Printouts in roman Manipuri-Reading out these helped me in
creating an instant bond, as the audience encouraged and welcomed
my broken Manipuri & acknowledged by nodding, smiling and
Arrangements of all the sessions, various administrative
and logistic supports right from many smaller details to
PA equipments, vehicles & QRT/ protection, LCD projector &
video cameras, informing the mass and collecting them, printouts
and translations, my stay and travel were provided by HQ 57 Mtn
Div & the respective units and supported later by IGAR [Inspector
General Assam Rifles] South and their Units.
Radio Programme, Media-coverage and press-conferences arranged
by Gen E.J. Kochhekkan, SM, VSM, Mr. Bakshi, PRO Defense and Mr.
ADVENTURE ELEMENT- For a change not
driving myself but enjoying being driven, sometimes sitting in the
co-drivers seat of a bullet proof vehicle, or a ride in the Hulk
of a Casper-a huge bullet proof vehicle escorted by QRT-quick reaction
team. A great experience well, would love to drive the Casper some
Maj Gen E.J. Kochhekkan, SM, VSM
GOC, 57 Mtn Div, Offrs and all ranks
of HQ 57 Mtn Div
Maj Gen BK Chengapa
Inspector General, Offrs and all ranks
of HQ IGAR (South)
Sincere Thanks to:
Maj. Gen E.J. Kochhekkan, SM, VSM for all the initiatives and encouragements
and taking care of the entire arrangements.
Maj. Gen BK Chengapa and Mrs.Priya Chengapa for all the support,
encouragements and adjustments made to ensure that maximum people
attend inspite of the monsoons.
Officers, JCOs, and other ranks, connected to highways directly
and indirectly. Havaldar Johnson the LCD projector man. Havaldar
Roshan the camera man. All the drivers and the protection team.
Friends of High>>>ways back home…
Driving Expedition –
PEER SUPPORT GROUP—personel
Help line for all, via Telephone , mobiles and emails.
Speaker at -
Benefit Finding After Breast Cancer at International Conference
on Survivorship and Supportive Care in Cancer
10 - 12 August 2007, Kuala Lumpur.