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Members of the Board:

Guarang Pandya, M.D.

Betty Bluekle, CPA

Anna Green, Executive Director, Central California Family Crisis Center

Mickie Manning, (Past) Executive Director, Central California Family Crisis Center

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The Pandya Family Foundation
555 W. Putnam Ave.
Porterville, CA 93257

Phone : (559) 782-8533

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Breast cancer awareness project in Patan, May 2008

In May of 2008 the two co-founders of Pandya Family Foundation, Tejal and Ela Pandya, went to Ahmedabad, India with the intention of undertaking a health awareness project. There were no concrete plans or no specific people to contact. However, the desire to accomplish their first project was strong. Not knowing where to start, the driver of the rental car suggested that they meet the Health Minister, Mr. Vyas, for help. They expressed their desire to undertake a project to increase the awareness of early breast cancer detection via self -breast exam. The Minister was very impressed and helpful. His office put Tejal and Ela in touch with an NGO, Shree Bhrama Samaj Seva Trust of Patan and town in the Northeast part of Gujarat. This NGO, run by Mr. Naresh Dave, is actively involved in the health outreach work in Patan and the surrounding smaller villages. It took Mr. Dave a few days to understand the importance of what we were there to do. When he called back he impressed us. He had a proposal of offering the early breast cancer detection training for his health outreach workers. He said he had about 50-60 women who were reaching out to the rural areas for various health related issues and was suggesting that we train them on this health issue. His only requirement was that we do our presentation in Gujarati.

We got all the information we had about breast cancer, its risk factors, treatment options and the techniques of self -breast exam, translated in to the local language, Gujarati Our driver, Vishnu, guided us through the process of translation, getting the Gujarati materials typed, getting the typed material bound together a nice presentable booklet. Vishnu became our team member once he understood our purpose for the visit. We even had the symbolic pink fabric ribbon attached to each booklet.

On the day of the event Mr. Dave impressed us yet again. He had a very organized plan for the day. He had sent out busses to pick up all the outreach workers from all the surrounding villages to facilitate their attendance. He had included the workers of other health related NGOs as well. The event was all day long; starting with registration, two morning sessions, lunch break and two afternoon sessions. Local community leaders were invited, local TV and Newspaper reporters were informed and two local physicians were also invited upon our request. During the morning sessions I started with talking about the significance of early detection of breast cancer and Tejal finished it off with walking the attendees through the steps of self=breast exam for detecting cysts and lumps in the breast. The afternoon session started with the two physicians reinforcing the information provided by us in the morning sessions and ended with questions from the attendees.

What had started with just an intention ended with a very successful first project in India.