Student Engenders Support for Cancer Patients

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Many of the services, programs, and other offerings provided to Bayhealth cancer patients are made possible because of generous gifts and contributions from individuals and other businesses and organizations in our local communities—including those that were given as part of the remarkable vision and efforts of Dover High School Junior Meghana Lodhavia.

For the second year in a row, Lodhavia made a substantial contribution to the Bayhealth Cancer Institute’s Helping Hands Fund, which provides financial assistance for cancer patients facing difficulty making ends meet while they’re undergoing cancer treatment. She also gave get well cards for the patients, which she helped second grade students at St. Anne’s Episcopal School make. Both of these donations were a result of Lodhavia’s second annual Cards to Beat Cancer, a project she created in honor of her grandfather.

“My grandfather was diagnosed with thyroid cancer the year I was born, so hospital visits were a frequent occurrence throughout my life,” said Lodhavia. “Seeing someone I hold so close to my heart in such a vulnerable state is a heartbreaking experience I wish no other family would have to endure.” That’s why she decided a few years ago to help other cancer patients and families in situations similar to her own by raising money for the Cancer Institute at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where her grandfather had received his cancer treatment.

 

 

The following year, she decided she wanted to help local cancer patients instead and founded her Cards to Beat Cancer project, which in addition to the get well cards, includes a 5k run/walk. Thanks to the assistance and involvement of her community, it was a resounding success, and Lodhavia donated the project’s proceeds to Bayhealth Cancer Institute.

“As time consuming as this process was, with writing emails, designing posters, delivering flyers, coordinating conference calls, ordering T-shirts, selecting medals, and more, the result was all worth it,” she said. Lodhavia held her second annual Cards to Beat Cancer project in 2017, and once again donated the funds and cards it generated to Bayhealth.

“I cannot even begin to put into words the way I feel when I see my community come together for such a cause, when I see my grandfather watching me from the sideline and when I know our efforts benefit those who need it most,” said Lodhavia. “I am forever grateful for those who support me and for my grandfather’s many recoveries.”

John D. Shevock, FACHE, FACMPE, senior director of operations, Oncology service line and executive director of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute said, “The support from our community is a key component to our success, and the donation from Ms. Lodhavia’s fundraiser provides assistance for cancer patients so they can focus on their treatment and well-being.”

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