It was a warm and sentimental moment when Yuvraj Singh visited cancer affected children at the St. Jude India ChildCare center in Mumbai. Spreading some much needed Christmas joy and cheer, Yuvraj spent quality time with the children in an interactive session followed by special gifts from him.
Children loved his company and rejoiced the special moments he shared with them. They said they will definitely cherish these memories. There are over thirty children at this centre. Yuvraj Singh loves to spend such quality time with Cancer survivors, especially children whenever he finds time out of his schedule and today being able to do this just before Christmas eve made it a special occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Yuvraj Singh said, “While we all rejoice this festive season, let us remember to also give back in our own little way. My biggest aim in life is to support cancer patients and these little children at St. Jude ChildCare have really stolen my heart today. Their resilience and positivity sets an example for all of us to never give up and to keep spreading love and smiles along the way. I am thankful for the time I could spend with them and pray for their speedy recovery.”
In 2011 when he was at the peak of his career, he was diagnosed with cancer which he successfully fought. After his experience, his main goal was to use his stardom and celebrity status to give back and support cancer patients as well as spread awareness about Cancer via his foundation – YouWeCan.
YouWeCan foundation was established by Yuvraj Singh to fight Cancer by spreading awareness about the fatal disease. The YouWeCan Foundation endeavours to help cancer patients and survivors get access to the right treatment and also supports them in creating a better life for themselves without having to live in the shackles of the disease.
One of the main focuses is to educate masses so that nobody fights cancer alone, and towards creating awareness and eradicating socio-psychological stigma attached with cancer. We also provide education to the Cancer survived underprivileged children.
The St. Jude India ChildCare Centre currently runs 22 Centres in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Jaipur. In major cities of India where low cost cancer treatment is available, children who need treatment for cancer and their parents come to hospitals from distant towns and villages. The hospitals do not treat them as in patients during the long drawn out treatment and these needy families do not have a place to stay whenever the child is not admitted to hospital. Hence, St Jude provides these families with free of cost housing, nutritional support, education, therapy etc. to make their journey to recovery easier.
The time Yuvraj spent with the children created a sense of joy in them. He left with a solemn prayer for health, peace and love to these special young ones this Christmas.