30/03/2017 - Minister Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates Our Cotton Green Campus
On Thursday March 30th 2017, we were delighted to have the Honorable Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping officially inaugurate our campus in Mumbai's Cotton Green area.
Minister Gadkari was accompanied by Mr. Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust, that was responsible for the sanctioning of the project as part of their CSR activities.They were joined by veteran actor Mr. Nana Patekar and several other senior dignitaries.
After being visibly impressed while touring the facilities,Minister Gadkari, Mr. Bhatia and Mr. Patekar addressed the audience of well-wishers, donors, team members and press.Minister Gadkari spoke of how moved he was by seeing this facility and said that he enjoyed this opening even more than inaugurating the Mumbai Sea Link. He promised to keep supporting us and committed three more buildings! The others present echoed his words of admiration for the work of St Jude, the Mumbai Port Trust and Tata Memorial.
The Cotton Green Campus comprises of 14 centres, in three buildings on a 1.2 acre compound, which can accommodate 165 families.In addition, there are structures that house the office and multipurpose centre.Accommodation for ten doctors of Tata Memorial Hospital has been provided on the top floor of one of the buildings.The refurbishment and fitting of each of the centres were generously funded by individuals, trusts and corporate houses. Each centre has had individual openings and the entire campus was inaugurated in March.
With this accommodation St. Judes is now able to take care of 40% of the need for accommodation of financially challenged children who come to Mumbai specifically to Tata Memorial Centre for their world-renowned treatment protocol.
The project inception was in 2015 when the Mumbai Port Trust, in an agreement with Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), offered three disused buildings at Cotton Green for housing patients, who otherwise live on the pavements outside the hospital.Within one year, the buildings were transformed into a safe, clean, cheerful haven for children under treatment from cancer and their parents.
Dr. Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, reminded the gathering that ''the cure rates among children are as high as 80% and if a child is cured of cancer at 5, imagine the 60 to 70 years of productive life he/she can live!''