| Jan 4, 2021
Thank You for Putting Hope in Our Hearts!
Nancy and her parents at Aravind Eye Hospital.
I hope this finds you well and looking forward to 2021 with hope in your heart. 2020 was an unusual year for Aravind, but as I look back, I can’t help but be amazed at all that was accomplished, under such difficult circumstances with YOUR help!
Our Ring of Hope program is a prime example. Although we had to postpone many procedures during the pandemic, the number of eye cancer patients we treated actually increased during 2020. This year we treated 82 new patients and provided 1679 follow-up visits. In several instances, patients and their families stayed at Aravind – free of cost – since they couldn’t risk travelling back and forth.
One of those patients was one-year-old Nancy, who travelled to Madurai from Andhra Pradesh (a 14-hour trip), for surgery in March. Right after that, India went into lockdown, stranding Nancy and her family in an unfamiliar city for almost two months. In addition to covering the full cost of her treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and genetic testing, Aravind provided the family with food and housing until they safely returned home.
Nancy's story is one of many during the pandemic. It is never business as usual at Aravind, but that has been particularly true in 2020. The one thing that has never changed is our commitment to providing high-quality, compassionate care to every patient, regardless of ability to pay.
From all of us at Aravind, thank you wholeheartedly for supporting our work. You have given the gift of sight to so many patients like Nancy and put hope in the hearts of their families. We wish you a happy new year and pray for the continued health and safety of you and your loved ones.
In gratitude, Donna
“Intelligence and Capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful.” From the journals of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, founder of Aravind Eye Care System