Aravind Eye Care System would like to thank our Global Giving donors for their support for restoring eye sight for many children suffering from retinoblastoma or eye cancer. The funds received for the year 2011 were allocated to fund eye surgery and treatment for 44 children covered under the Ring of Hope program in the Madurai area(Tamilnadu -India).
Established in 2004, the Ring of Hope Program helps patients, most often children, who have life- threatening cancers like retinoblastoma. Retinoblastoma is the most common cancer of the eye among children and is responsible for over five percent of the blindness among children in India. With a rate of incidence of one in 15,000 infants, India has one of the largest numbers of retinoblastoma patients in the world. If left untreated, the disease can cause permanent blindness and death. If diagnosed and treated early, children with retinoblastoma have an excellent prognosis. But the treatment is complicated, involving surgery, radiation treatment and multiple cycles of chemotherapy and blood replacement – treatment which is too expensive for most Indian families. Aravind doctors volunteer their time, but your support help us to pay specialists and provide blood replacement and medication.
Under this program Aravind provided free treatment and surgery to all the patients and restored sight for most of these children who would not be able to afford this treatment with our your support.
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