Iksha Supports Children with Eye Cancer

Iksha foundation is a public charitable trust to focus on Retinoblastoma (eye Cancer) - to create awareness, to provide aid for its treatment and to support research to improve care of children with Retinoblastoma.

We at Iksha believe that no child should ever lose eyesight or face death to this type of childhood cancer that has one of the best cure rates. No family should have to go through the unspeakable pain of losing a child. We are currently supporting children who have been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma and are being treated at several hospitals in Bangalore.

Retinoblastoma is a life threatening eye Cancer that affects children. The Cancer grows from the retina, which is a sensory layer located inside the eye. As the Cancer progresses, it may be observed by the parents as a white mass from within the eye. Eventually, the eye becomes painful, red and swollen. Once the Cancer spreads outside the eye it becomes a threat to life, especially when it spreads to the brain and other parts of the body.

Objectives of iksha

  • To provide financial support to the poor and underprivileged families of children with Retinoblastoma
  • To ensure early diagnosis and timely treatment.
  • To spread individual as well as societal awareness about Retinoblastoma and promote early detection
  • To ensure quality treatment to these children.

Retinoblastoma Treatment

  • The treatment depends a lot on how advanced the cancer is when treatment starts.
  • The recurring costs are that of chemotherapy, radiation and potentially laser or freezing therapy.
  • The average cost of treatment is around Rs 150,000 per year per child.
  • This type of childhood cancer that has one of the best cure rates
CSR Support
RBL Bank is one of India's fastest growing scheduled commercial banks with an expanding presence across the country.
Iksha Foundation welcomes Bajaj Finserv as a corporate sponsor in supporting children with Retinoblastoma.

Brigadier Raja Bhattacharjee-Tour of Nilgiris-December 2019 !!

A Free-flowing photo of Brig Raja Bhattacharjee from Paris-Brest-Paris 2019

Brigadier Raja Bhattacharjee is a soldier-philosopher-has-been-runner-and-avid Cyclist! He has participated in a number of half-marathons, and took to cycling in 2017, answering the call of his knees. After initially going around the Cantonment on an MTB, he actually fell in love with cycling when he got associated with Biking Club Jodhpur and with Audax India Randonneurs. Over the last two years, he has acquired the coveted title of Super Randonneur (completing the series of 200, 300, 400 and 600 km rides in a season) in 2018 and 2019. In August 2019, he participated in the Paris-Brest-Paris (PBP) Randonneuring event, where he did 880 km in 74 hours, covering an elevation of 9000 meters.

Bangalore is the birthplace of Raja. 09 December is his Birthday! So, what better occasion and timing, than to ride the iconic Tour of Nilgiris in December 2019 !! To Raja, this is a time for Rebirth. To see the World afresh, and to give back for all the Abundance the World has been bequeathing him all his life. During this Ride, Raja will be riding for a Child, waiting with hope at the end of the Road - a child needing treatment for Eye Cancer. To this end, Raja has set a modest target of Rs Six Lakhs, and he hopes you will join him on this journey, and give new Light to the Child, through the Iksha Foundation.

 

Blossom fernandez-Mumbai Marathon 2020

My journey as an endurance athlete began in 2016, with no coach, no mentor, no formal training background in any of the three disciplines involved (swimming, cycling, running) and a full-time job as a flight attendant at Jet Airways, complete with an unpredictable schedule and erratic timings.

In January 2016, I took a spur-of-the-moment decision to participate in the Pinkathon 5k run as a way to honor my grandmother, who had lost her struggle to breast cancer. This was followed later that year by a 1 Km open water swimathon, after which I purchased a used bicycle, downloaded a training plan from the Internet, and began preparing for my first triathlon--the Tri Thonnur--which I completed in 2017. I then went on to complete 2 half-Iron distance triathlons which were the base for my training for a full Ironman which I successfully completed in Copenhagen on 18th Aug 2019 in 13:22:50.

I am running for Iksha and aim to raise a modest 5 lakhs.

In these last 3 years, I have raced for myself and having successfully achieved my dream of becoming an Ironman it is now time to give back and race for a cause and add more meaning to every race.

Promoting iksha : RJ Shagufta Ahmed

Shagufta Ahmed, a RJ with Radio Indigo 91.9 participated in the TCS World 10K Majja Run that was held on May, 18 2014 at Bangalore. Shagufta participated in the 10k run to support Iksha and raise awareness about retinoblastoma!

Shagufta had her own fund raising page which was able to generate some funds for Iksha and she even spoke about Iksha and her run experience on the radio. It was great to have her support a noble cause like Iksha

Aid at hospitals

Iksha has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Narayana Nethralaya, Majumdar Shaw Cancer Center, Prabha eye clinic, Vittala Eye clinic and Sri Sankara Cancer Hospital in Bangalore, Center for sight in Hyderabad and H V Desai in Pune. This MOU helps Iksha with its objective of providing financial aid to underprivileged families of children with Retinoblastoma. 

When a child is diagnosed with Retinoblastoma the doctors send Iksha a formal request for support. The request will contain details of the treatment needed, costs involved and the financial condition of the parents.

Iksha will conduct due diligence before a decision is made to proceed with financial aid. For children supported by Iksha, the hospitals will charge for treatment only and will waive the Doctor's fee and the hospital charge.

Iksha is in the process of networking and coming to an understanding with other hospitals and doctors who are treating children with Retinoblastoma. It is also working on other initiatives to help spread the facts about Retinoblastoma.