Sports stars, cricket legends, artists to raise funds for Tata Medical Center

Kolkata _issued Bangalore, October 26, 2017: Tata Medical Center, a state-of-the-art total comprehensive cancer care center, will host ‘Legends for Hope’ on Saturday 18th November 2017 in association with the Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CC&FC). The musical evening will see a galaxy of sports stars including Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Ravi Shastri, Sourav Ganguly, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Leander Paes and Virat Kohli come together to help raise funds for the underprivileged children battling cancer at the Tata Medical Center in Kolkata. Also gracing the occasion will be yesteryears’ cricket legends C.D. Gopinath and Madhav Apte who played for India in the 1950s. This event will help raise funds to extend cancer care to the underprivileged patients at the Center.

Theassociation with CC&FC will mark 225 glorious years of cricket in thepresence of eminent cricketers who have pledged their support for the cause. Aspart of their support, the cricketers will also share personal stories andanecdotes that changed their lives and encourage the audience to come forwardand donate.

‘Legendsfor Hope’ willpay tribute to art, artists, and musical enthusiasts at the CC&FC. Theevening will witness a musical extravaganza with performances from The ShillongChoir and Humsufi band. Music maestro Shantanu Moitra, known for his perfectamalgamation of classic and folk music, will present an exclusive musical scorefor the Tata Medical Center film which will be screened at the event. Whilerenowned commentators Charu Sharma and Boria Majumdar will interact with someof the greatest sports luminaries, internationally acclaimed sand artist RahulArya will also create magic with his mesmerizing creation at the event. An anthemtitled ‘Oh When The Legends Go Marching In” sung by Usha Uthup will be playedacross radio stations to create buzz around the event.

Envisionedby Ms. Geeta GopalakrishnanDirector – Donor Relations, TataMedical Center, ‘Legends for Hope’ is an experience designed to reach outto the larger society, and raise funds for underprivileged cancer patients.Commenting on the unique vision behind this, Ms. Gopalakrishnan said,“Imagine the panorama of Indian cricket unfolding. From the oldest livinglegends like C.D. Gopinath and Madhav Apte to Virat Kohli and the men in blueregaling us with the “aha” moments in their illustrious career. This willcreate an “aha” moment for Tata Medical Center. The completion of themuch-needed expansion of the hospital will bring hope to so many in theirbattle against cancer.  We urge supporters to join us in our efforts tolend a compassionate and uplifting hand to the not-so-fortunate suffering fromthis disease.”

Commentingon the fund-raiser evening, Dr. Mammen Chandy, Director, Tata MedicalCenter, said, “Tata Medical Center has been consistentlyproviding the most modern treatment modalities to all types of cancer patients,since May, 2011. We are extremely honored to be working in tandem with all oursupporters and we have witnessed their relentless efforts to battle cancer. Ifirmly believe that each contribution counts and hope that together we cansupport those affected by this life-threatening disease.”

Talkingabout this unique celebration at CC&FC, Mr. Arun Lal, Former IndianCricketer and President, CC & FC, commented, “It’s a matter of pride for usas we cherish the 225 years of our club’s glorious past. Founded in 1792, CC& FC is the oldest cricket club of India and the second oldest in theworld. In celebrating 225 years of cricket in India, we as a club, are proud tobe associated with Tata Medical Center. Being a cancer survivor myself, Icannot thank Tata Medical Center enough for all the efforts they make towardsproviding care and treatment for cancer patients. At a personal level, it is aprivilege for me to be a part of this awareness drive.”

Establishedin Kolkata in 2011, The Tata Medical Center has treated more than 80,000patients till date. This state-of-the-art hospital was set up with a strategicalliance and assistance from the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, which is one ofthe premier national institutions for cancer prevention, treatment, education,and research with more than 75 years of experience. It has been built oncarefully landscaped grounds to emphasize the holistic approach in its crusadeagainst cancer.

Tata Steeland Samsung are the principal supporter of ‘Legends for Hope. Among the othergoodwill donors who are supporting the event, Anjan Chatterjee, founder ofSpeciality Restaurants Limited has espoused the cause in a special way.  

Tata MedicalCenter, the world class, not-for-profit cancer treatment facility stands as abeacon of hope for the patients in this region with over half of the beds beingreserved for the treatment and care of underprivileged patients.

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