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 Film Highlights the Plight of Children Braving Cancer and  

aims to generate funds for kids affected by the disease

RUHI  HAK 

Los Angeles, (Feb, 2019) –

Internationally acclaimed non-profit organization HOPE B~Lit has announced its new short film titled “Got Cancer” in collaboration with renowned sports personality and humanitarian Yuvraj Singh’s non-profit YouWeCan. The heart-touching docu-drama brings to fore the plight of children braving cancer globally while highlighting the importance of love, care, nutrition and mental attitude in enhancing the healing process in addition to medical care. 
Since the launch of its newest wing ‘Voices Unheard’, HOPE B~Lit has taken dynamic action towards improving the lives of women and children. Through a series of short films highlighting social issues, the organization puts a spotlight on the issue in order to raise awareness. As producers of “Got Cancer”, the team at HOPE B~Lit raised funds in the US to highlight the problems caused by lack of insurance and monetary support for children with cancer in India. 

According to the National Cancer Institute, each year in the U.S., there are an estimated 15,780 children who are diagnosed with cancer. Approximately one in 285 children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer before their 20th birthday.More than 200,000 children worldwide are diagnosed with cancer. {WHO, World Health Organization}. Currently, children constitute 5.5 percent of total cancer cases in India according to the Indian Council for Medical Research. This percentage has doubled from ten years ago. In absolute numbers, this means that there are around 50,000 children suffering from cancer in India annually. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children betweenages 1 to 14. 
“When cancer strikes, our first emotion is “fear”, but our work with children has shown us that children with cancer deal with the disease with positivity and hope,” said Ruhi aka Rohini Hak, founder, HOPE B~Lit. “Their attitude toward a disease that is so heavily feared in the adult world is very inspiring.As adults we can learn from them not only to deal with the disease but also how sometimes to un-condition our minds and handle other worldly struggles. We believe that no-one should have to fight cancer alone – especially not the young Braveheart’s.”


 































“We at HOPE B~Lit are fueled by passion and working in collaboration with other nonprofits gives us the opportunity to amplify the causes we believe in, making everything seem so much more doable! We found synergy with YouWeCan, the organization not only provides education to children with cancer, they support the families financially especially at a time after they have been afflicted by cost of treatment. Harnessing our aligned passion as an energy source, we hope to make a bigger difference in the lives of these children globally,” said Priyanka Banerjee, Communications Director, HOPE B~Lit.

Patrons of Hope B~Lit like Tarsadia Foundation & Rhythm & Melodies provided much of the funding that was needed to bring the project to light.


             Inspired by a true incident, the film is written by RuhiHak and is enhanced by the sensitive & effective screen writing of Elizabeth Soto Lara.

“Got Cancer” displays a unique perspective of children battling cancer with a positive attitude. The film also highlights the importance of proper nutrition in the fight against cancer and help avoid future relapse amidst survivors. “Got Cancer” is directed by Kankana Chakraborty.


The feel and treatment of the movie was further enhanced based on the firsthand experiences of the director, who comes from a family where both her parents are Oncologists.“This movie means a lot and directing& working with inspiring children who have cancer was a life changing experience. It is a subject profoundly close to my heart.The crew and team felt amazing to be able to work together &give back to the cause by using art.” The heartfelt capture via cinematography is by Mridul Sen, creative editing and sound by Kartikye Gupta with effective line production by DhawalPokle. Sonal Jha and Anisa Ani play the main characters in the film effectively supported by NilayParanjjpe& Poornima Phuse.

 “Cancer still holds a strong stigma for those who do not understand the disease or the effects of its treatment. Through our collaboration with HOPE B~Lit, we aim to make a global effort to support and build awareness in the quest to conquer cancer in children, while preparing them for a healthy and secure future,” said Singh.

Proceeds from “Got Cancer” screenings will be donated to the YouWeCan Foundation. The foundationprovides much-needed support to affected children and their families in terms of further education and health checkups.

                                                                                                                 About  HOPE B~Lit

HOPE B~Lit is an initiative to empower and motivate children to improve their current and future quality of life by nurturing the

core inherent values such as ‘Truth’, ‘Love’, ‘Peace’, ‘Non-violence’, and right conduct. Started in 2008 under Bayfield Foundation, based in Southern California, USA the organization aims to provide a comprehensive platform for children to nourish their inherent human values and improve their quality of life through value-based workshops. With over 10 years of experience designing initiatives, both in USA and India in the areas of education, human values, healthcare, and environment conservation, HOPE B~Lit

is completely driven by volunteers made up of young working professionals and students. 100% of funding received is applied to the organization’s projects.


Additionally, through HOPE BEYOND BORDERS, a program HOPE B~Lit aims to provide holistic care with social workshops,

cultural exchange, water tanks, water filters, sanitary provisions, and complete oral care for over 10,000 children and sustainable water for three years for over 150 families in various continents like Asia, Africa and North America. Through their efforts, the team has assisted 10,000 children in Uganda and covered over 29 villages in rural India. For more information, visithopeblit.com or@HopeBlit on Facebook.

                                                       
                       About  YouWeCan

Yuvraj Singh foundation is a non-profit organization, registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 launched by Yuvraj Singh himself. This organization is active since year 2009 and now is primarily working for three domains – Education, Health and Sports. Today, YouWeCan focuses on every sector of cancer. Be it creating awareness about its symptoms and chemotherapy procedures or helping educate the kids who are cancer survivors. All in all, we believe your hope and help from the near ones give you enough courage to face adversity in its face. The vision of Yuvraj Singh Foundation is to create a conscious environment to fight cancer by inculcating a habit of regular cancer checkups and to educate all the segments of society about the implications of the disease through affordable campaigns.

We at Yuvraj Singh Foundation believe in dignity and potential of every life, through a self-aware, responsible and proactive approach towards a cancer conscious society with an attitude to fight back timely.


 HOPE B~Lit Presents Short Film  ‘Got Cancer’  in Collaboration with Yuvraj Singh’s YouWeCan Foundation