Any empty nester will tell you that it when the first fledgling leaves the nest , the feeling of abandonment / being lost is greatest.
Over 10 years ago, when my eldest left not only home but our shores, I was deeply disturbed.
That’s when I joined up with St Jude India ChildCare Centres as a volunteer. Those days the centre was small – 8 kids only . But by the next year the children had doubled. In fact the growth was fantastic and today SJICC became pan India.
For many years I was closely associated with the Centre and reluctantly had to step away when my grandchildren came on the scene .
Yet I couldn’t make a clean break.
On Friday our first batch of children came back to visit, I did so want to meet them but unfortunately I was totally caught up with the Christmas celebrations .
However, the occasion was covered by INDIAN EXPRESS .
Oncologists say childhood cancers are highly curable if circumstances don’t cause treatment to be stopped midway. So St Jude’s role in offering a physical living space and emotional support is critical, the parents agree. Then there are the tips the young former patients share.
— Read on indianexpress.com/article/cities/mumbai/reunion-for-st-jude-childcare-centres-batch-of-2006-all-survived-cancer-now-ready-to-inspire-other-children-5496522/