Cancer Free Zone

Raising awareness of cancer and supporting cancer patients through events and a digital platform.

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Eligibility: Date of Birth

05/08/2002

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anjani.pangal@gmail.com 428 Fuchsia Ln, CA: San Ramon (94582)

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http://cancerfreezone.org/

Date You Started Your Project Started

06/18/2014

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan for the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Imagine waking up one morning and being unable to breathe. You see your family. Their eyes are red and puffy. For a second you forget that you are choking, thinking, what’s wrong? You cry for help, flail your arms, kick your legs- nothing works. You are completely isolated. Unfortunately, this year, in the United States alone, 1.7 million people will feel this way when they’re diagnosed with cancer. Cancer Free Zone is committed to changing this.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Cancer Free Zone focuses on supporting cancer patients and raising awareness of cancer. We do this in many ways. The first way is through educating people about the preventions and cures of cancer. This can help ease a lot of tension for cancer patients and their family members what the disease entails and what exactly they are dealing with, making it seem easier and simpler. We host numerous events in order to reach a greater mass of people, including yoga workshops, radio shows, cricket tournaments, bone marrow registry drives, and karaokes. Through these events, we are also able to raise funds to cover the cost of treatment for underprivileged cancer patients. We do this with the help of Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, which is a non-profit hospital and research center located in Bangalore, India, that provides low-cost cancer treatment to patients. Our next step is to increase personal support for cancer patients. This can be done by creating a portal to connect cancer patients with cancer survivors, oncologists/experts, and non-profit organizations. This way, patients will have a support system and can find everything they need in one place.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

5 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. At this time, nobody in my family understood what the word “cancer” meant, let alone the devastation it would bring to us. For an endless year, we watched her undergo 13 cycles of chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. In the end, the doctors told us that we were lucky, she survived. I thought to myself, what could that possibly mean? How could anyone with cancer be lucky? I later realized what they were trying to say. We had the support of all our friends and family, the best technology and doctors, financial stability, and insurance. Despite this, cancer was undoubtedly an incredibly traumatic experience. But just imagine if we didn’t have any information on cancer, didn’t have a support structure, and weren’t able to afford treatment. What would we go through? To me, this thought was painstaking, I needed to help these people.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

A few months ago, during a trip to India, I visited Sraavi, a one-year-old baby who was diagnosed with leukemia. Her parents had spent all their savings on her first 3 cycles of chemotherapy and ended up falling short for the remaining cycles. They found out about us through word-of-mouth and reached out in distress. They thought their baby was not going to survive, not because she was unable to fight cancer, but because they couldn’t afford to pay for her hospital bills. Through multiple pledges and programs, Cancer Free Zone was able to cover Sraavi’s treatment. When I met her family, they thanked me with tears in their eyes, explaining that they felt helpless and we saved them. Sraavi is now a cheerful survivor with a long life ahead of her. Her parents continually send videos of her playing with her brother and messages of gratitude.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Cancer Free Zone is focused on supporting cancer patients and their families in numerous ways. We have different approaches to provide them with the financial support, educational support, and social support that they require. Our main reason for creating a portal is to increase the accessibility of information and support for patients. During diagnosis and treatment, patients and family members are too overwhelmed to look for the correct websites and organizations to reach out to. The portal would unify our outreach programs while creating a single stop for all of the patients’ needs.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Over the past few years, we have conducted numerous events, including cancer-awareness programs, bone marrow registry drives, karaokes, and cricket tournaments. Through our endeavors, we have saved the lives of 18 poverty-stricken cancer patients, receiving videos in return, of them thanking us with gratitude. We have also reached out to over 800 people and educated them on cancer, including complementary therapies. While researching one day, I found out that yoga can help to prevent cancer. Seeing this, I chose to take a 200-hour teacher’s training course in order to teach others yoga. Since then, through Cancer Free Zone (CFZ), I have taught 300 people yoga at various schools and non-profits organizations, promoting healthy living and disease prevention. I am also currently doing immuno-oncological research on a possible therapeutic for lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma through CFZ.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We want to have one cancer support digital platform where anybody can seek support, gain knowledge and help others battling cancer from anywhere in the world. People would be able to seek advice from experts, gain strength and confidence talking to other survivors, discuss with service-oriented oncology nurses, read articles on complementary therapies, and gain more information about cancer prevention and healthy living. CFZ volunteers will liaison cancer patients with non-profit organizations that offer them a variety of free services. We are also working to gain more visibility and expand. We have members located around the world and are in the process of establishing international chapters to reach more people and host more events.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Brand Development

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations over $10k

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

My cousin Sachin Rammoorthy told me about this challenge. My college counselors from school, Ms. Ashley McWilliams and Ms. Shannon Harrison told me about it as well.

Evaluation results

124 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 75.2%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 18.2%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 6.6%

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2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 83.5%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 14.9%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 1.7%

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3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 67.5%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 28.3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 4.2%

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4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

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3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 4.8%

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5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 84.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 12.1%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 3.2%

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Nicely done Anjani ... you have the charisma to bring the change ... go for it ...

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Very Nice Inititative Anjani...Wishing you all the best....

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Wonderful initiative Anjani. Always admire the determination and passion that you have to help the cancer patients and the needy. Wishing you the best.

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Awesome work Anjani. It is very inspiring at your very young age. It is very challenging task to bring the change. Your dedicated hard work to help unprivileged poor cancer patients which has a great vision, gives assured success. Wish you best of luck to take your dreamful project to next heights and all your wishes may come true. Let your great cause become a motivational force to bring cancer free days.

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Your concern, commitment to help, showing care for patients is highly admirable. Thank you so much for what you do and wish you all the best, Anjani.

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Anjani, Am really at awe seeing your humble initiative that can benefit many. Awesome initiative and wishing you all the very best.

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Great initiative Anjani! Keep it up..

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Anjani,

Great initiative to help cancer patients! Great work using your personal adverse experience to help others .

Suresh and Prathima

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"There is no cause half so sacred as the cause of a people. There is no idea so uplifting as the idea of the service of humanity." - Woodrow Wilson

“I am endeavoring to see God through service of humanity, for I know that God is neither in heaven nor down below, but in everyone.” - Mahatma Gandhi

A truly amazing, selfless, endearing effort from a one of the most talented, gifted and humble kid I have known.

Anjani, I sincerely wish you the very best in this journey of yours to make this world a better place. We are proud of you.

Go girl!

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Anjani, We all have different purpose in our lives. Your wonderful commitment and dedication to change lives of many people through this project is commendable. I wish you all success in exceeding your goals for CFZ! All the best!

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Anjani, Thank you and appreciate your commitment to bring awareness of cancer and supporting cancer patients. Wish you all the best!

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Anjani Great Job .. Keep up the good work

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This is an excellent contribution from you anjani . A great service to the entire people who has been affected and makes the world aware of what each person could do to help. Keep up the good job. God bless you

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Very nice initiative and inspiration for others. Keep the good work going.

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Anjani, I've seen you take this project from initiation to where it is today and commend you for the effort. You are an inspiration not only for your and future generations, but also for the older generation. Continue the great work you are doing and help find a "cure" to this deadly disease so that we can eradicate it from the face of this world.

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Anjani,
As usual I am a big fan of you. You are such a wonderful person and all rounder in every field. We are so blessed to have you as part of our community. Our support will be always will be there for you. Good Luck and Best wishes in your future.

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Anjani, you are doing such a wonderful service by raising awareness and helping people with need. PoseToImpress photography is happy to pitch in time and energy if you'd ever want to do a holiday family portrait fundraiser.

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Anjani, you are doing an awesome help for the community. Having experienced cancer in my family, I feel that this type of work needs more people like you. Raising awareness of cancer is very important step towards that. Our best wishes to you.

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I have seen the difficult times your family been through and feels so proud that you decided to take this as a challenge and making a difference in the community by forming a CFZ club. keep up the good work Anjani!!

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Great work Anjali! Nobel initiative and great work by you.
Always admire you.

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Anjani, in life I have seen 2 sets of people. One set is who goes through adversity, cribs about it, and die a slow death in their own - so called agony. The second one is one who faces adversity in the face, tackles it and comes out stronger. I am so happy to see you belong to the second group. Hope you are able to help save many more lives like Saravi. Kudos to you for the dedication you show in this cause. God bless, and best of luck - Renuka and Krishnaswamy

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Great work with CFZ Anjani! Have seen your intent to promote awareness for cancer and related support right from our early days with Destination Imagination in Middle School!

To see that you have taken the idea to scale and that you are closely involved with extending support to those who cannot otherwise help themselves like Sraavi is commendable! Keep up the good work!

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Great initiative Anjani , keep up the good work , all the best

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Anjani, over the years, your dedication and commitment towards Cancer Free Zone has been awe-inspiring. I whole-heartedly support this initiative and wish you all success!

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Anjani,
Truely great to see you inspired from your personal experiences and spread the positive energy to the community!
kudos on Your tireless efforts building awareness and instilling hope!!
All the best on your future endeavors

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It's a wonderful thing you are doing Anjani for a noble cause and we are all so proud of you. Wishing you all the success going forward.

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Anjani, I am very happy to learn that you are continuing to do this. Am sure you are already involving other youth to support you and grow this initiative. All the best!

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Anjani, your passion towards creating CFZ is commendable! You are persistent in your efforts to help the community, and world at large in battling cancer. Kudos to your initiative and hope you reach far and wide with every step you take.
Best wishes!

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Awesome work Anjani, Keep up the good work. I have seen you and your friends putting up the booth, building the awareness and engaging the community for this noble cause. Continue to do all these and show your empathy. All the very best and best wishes! Thanks Paddu

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Anjani, great cause and great initiative!
Appreciate your dedication and effort. All the best.

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Excellent initiative and something that could impact millions. Access to preventive information , cure and support system for the underprivileged is critical . The intent and efforts are spot on. Well done and all the very best Anjani!

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Having participated in some of her events, really appreciate the effort of Anjani is promoting her cause and her dedication. All the best.

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Great Intiative!

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Great initiative & All the very best Anjani

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God bless u for your wonderful effort anjani. We r all proud of you for the initiative you have taken to make a difference in someone's life at thier time of need.
Nandeesh

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Great work Anjani. God bless you.

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This is a really inspired initiative..At such a young age she is making a difference in peoples life.Her passion is really fed well with encouraging parents.Going forward this initiative is not going to be touched but also moved and inspired by generations to come..Keep up the good work anjani ����

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Dedication and passion with which Anjani pursues this cause is awesome to see. She will no doubt make a huge difference to lot of people with this endeavor.

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Truly appreciate your initiative and all your efforts Anjani! You stand out to be the most inspiring girl I have ever known. You make all of us so proud! Best of luck for all your future endeavors. You go girl! ��

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Great initiative Anjani. Keep up the good work. Best of luck.

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Great job...and best luck Anjani

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I appreciate the wonderful work you have taken and my best wishes are with you. Wish you all the best

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Well done Anjali... keep up good work...best wishes

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Well done Anjani .

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Excellent Anjali, proud of you.

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Great work Anjani. God bless you.

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Great work, Anjani. Keep it up.

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Anjani, this is a great initiative and very proud of you. It’s amazing how you have taken your personal experience and identified a potential gap and found ways to address it. The path and the effort you took to convey the message or share the knowledge was incredible. I would also like to Thank You for giving people like me an opportunity to volunteer at the events you have conducted for this initiative and looking forward to volunteering more in the future.
Wish you all the best.

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Very proud of your work Anjani. Taking up and dedicating yourself to such a noble cause is commendable. Please continue to explore new avenues to further this cause and reach a lot more people to support them in their most needy time.

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Keep up the Good work Anjani. All the best.

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Very Proud of you Anjani!!! Great job!
You remind of “Service of mankind is service to God”

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Very inspiring!! keep up good work. Proud of you Anjani

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Great and Inspirational work by Anjani, we have closely seen her since 10+ years very passionate, committed to what she believes in. She and her brother are so much deep into bringing awareness about cancer, efforts to create Cancer Free Zone. Very persistent in working towards creating Cancer Free Zone. Wishing her very best for her success.

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Awesome Anjani. Very proud of you. Keep up the good work. World will be a better place with students like you who are working hard to make a difference.

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Inspiring work Anjani. I know it is not easy to bring the change. I can see the change already happening with your continuous dedication and hard work towards the cancer free zone. And I am sure that your dedication towards this project will make the project bloom and flourish. Good luck dear.

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Dear anjana, we are proud to say we know you.This initiative at an early age like this really brings out the social worker or leader in you. You have set an example to millions of youngsters like you to work on this kind of a noble cause which is going to benefit the entire world. Cancer is one of the most undesirable disease in the society , any act to eradicate it is highly appreciable.. I wish u & pray the almighty for a successful journey in this useful endeavor..

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Dear Anjani, you’ve grown to be a compassionate young girl who is committed to helping the community. Your dedication to community service, hard work, and leadership are applaudable. Best wishes with the CFZ project! I wish you success in all your future endeavors. May you help more people in need, bring change in lots of lives, and inspire the youth.

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Truly appreciate the efforts taken to help the needy.
Best wishes to continue the genuine cause and wish you get to help many.
Thank you.

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Very proud of the work you do for a great cause! Best wishes!

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Anjani! have known you since your childhood and really proud of the young woman you are turning out to be. You are empathetic, caring and a compassionate person. Be the changemaker you wish to be! Good luck with this project and I hope you are given an opportunity to take it to the next level.

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Good job Anjani!

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Great job Anjani! Really proud of you.

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Good luck Anjani for all your efforts through CFZ.

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I understand the importance of this project from 2 angles. We have a cancer survivor in our family and have seen the struggle first hand. Secondly, i work for a company (Kite pharma) that manufactures cancer medicine and I hear the emotions of the scientists working in the company, saving lives.

I know the commitment of Anjani Pangal and she will pursue and achieve the goal.

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Anjani,

thank you for this great initiative. Continue to add value to lives of people who are not as lucky as others. Wishing you the very best.

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Anjani, as always so proud of you. Thank you for the inspiration and motivating many people over the years.

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I'm so proud of you, you are bringing in so much of positivity within this world and inspiring so many of us, I wish the world to you and all the very best!

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Extra ordinary talent at this very young age, Anjani you are already the changemaker having impacted many lives and inspiring many many youngsters to follow your path of making an impact to the society and this world. Great going and wish you all the very best in all of your endeavours.

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Awesome initiative Anjani. You are making such a positive difference to the Community. Proud of you. Best wishes!

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It's real inspiring to find such commitment coming from an youngster as you, Anjani. Great going. You will create a difference.

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Keep it going Anjani. You are doing an awesome work.

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Keep up the Good work Anjani. You are welcome to discuss different aspects of this with me. From Dr. Noothan Rao

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This is really amazing work Anjani. Our best wishes are with you, and you are definitely making a change in today's world.

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Continue with the wonderfulwork. God bless you

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We are really happy and proud for the initiative taken from you., We wish you all the best for the life saving project., Will also be with you and support you for all your commitment towards this beautiful project.

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Great initiative Anjani!! All the very best.

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Kudos, great effort and initiative Anjani.
keep up the good work��

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Great program Anjani , this will help in bringing awareness about how to lead a cancer free life.

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Great initiative Anjani. This will help several people and will have a significant impact. Wishing you the very best.

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Anjani great initiative.. She very sincere and I have seen working hard for the project cancer free.. Brilliant girl all the best angel anjani... We pray God to give all powers to you eradicate cancer...

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It's a very good initiative which will help the poor and the needy

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More power to you Anjani, God Speed.

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Awesome job Anjani! Wish you the best!

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Great initiative Anjani. I wish you very best in this endeavor.
Smitha Prabhu

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Best wishes Anjani

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Great job Anjani!! All the best!!

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All the best. Change is the only constant in this world !! Deepa Swamy

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Anjani is very passionate about this project.
I have seen her work with her friends and family to bring awareness to the community. Her free Yoga camps and speeches on awareness about eating right have hit a cord among young and old alike.
Her sweet way of making a point with emphasis on lifestyle changes to sustain the health is mesmerizing.
I wish her all the best in bringing about positive changes in the society.
Let’s do this.
Soumini Karmarkar

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Great job Anjani!! Anjani is very dedicated and committed to this project. I have seen her working on this project since she started this project few years ago! She has been making positive impact on many people's lives through this project and definitely great initiative by Anjani! Good luck Anjani!!
-Mamatha and Ravi Salinamakki

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Dear Anjali,

Only the brave venture out to drive change in the lives of others! It is very heartening to see you sit in the pilots seat and drive this initiative and it is not only inspiring but encouraging too. Everyday as I commute to work wading through the infamous Bangalore traffic I begin to wonder what is that one thing I can do to bring a positive difference in people's lives. Your initiate certainly encourages me to think and deliver on those lines. All the best and Go Girl!

Love and wishes!
Bhargav

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Hai anjani

This is guruvayurappan from chennai. I saw your video on cancer which was nice. It shows how dedicated and sincere you are. I wish you all the very best in your endeavor. God bless you.

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I have known Anjani since she started Cancer Free Zone. She is very sincere, hardworking and emphatic. Her dedication towards this project has been amazing. With right mentorship and support, she will make an impact to several people. Wishing her all the best!!

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I support Anjani and this noble program and the person as many of us, friends and relatives have experienced this horror. Wishing her all the best in her endeavor.

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Anjani is self motivated and sincere in her work. I am positive that she will make a positive difference. Wishing her the very best!

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Anjani is very sincere and hard working individual. She can help and get support for several patients and motivate many kids to follow her in helping patients.

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I have known Anjani since she started this project and have seen her work with passion. I am sure with the right mentorship and funding, she can make an impact to several patients.