St. Judes began because of a promise made by our Founder, Mr Nihal Kaviratne, at a function at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He was called up to the dais to make a speech and saw hordes of masked kids, their heads shorn, in the audience smiling, dancing, really enjoying themselves at the event. Despite battling cancer, they were full of life. But he realised that behind these smiles, many families would spend days and nights on the pavements outside the hospital or at railway stations as they had no proper place to live during treatment. At that very moment, he decided that these kids should not have to spend their lives under these circumstances. They would have a clean, loving place to stay while undergoing treatment.
This promise was fulfilled with the foundation of St. Judes. In the last 15 years, it has completed the circle of care—between what treating hospitals provide and what a child needs to recoup, recover, and overcome cancer.
Centres launched in Guwahati and Chennai
New centres open at Vellore
Another centre opened in Cotton Green Mumbai
Expanded current centres & opened new centres
Infection-control enhanced & kids offered educational support
Replicated our model in Kolkata
Parents activities started in centres
Expanded to Kharghar
Education and counseling services added
Introduce nutritional support and recreation
Open St. Jude India ChildCare Centres