We sincerely thank Dr. Girish Chinaswamy – at TATA Memorial Hospital, Mumbai for introducing us to Dr. Julius Scott at SRM Hospital and Dr. Revathiraj at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, who have helped us to understand the geography and successfully launch the wish granting program in Chennai.
We sincerely thank our Trustee – Mrs. Neerja Birla, for graciously allowing us office & infrastructure space at their office in Chennai at no charge.
The Chennai Division of Make-A-Wish India was inaugurated on 15th Feb 2014 by Mr. V. T. Moorthy, Managing Director, Aditya Birla Group.
Soon, Dr. Scott invited Deepak S Bhatia – CEO of Make-A-Wish India, to make a presentation to the team of doctors who are part of the Tamil Nadu Pediatric Oncology Association, which led to an awareness about the wish granting program among pediatric doctors across Tamil Nadu. This was followed by Dr. Revathiraj introducing us to Dr. Bakhtawar Murali, who had recently retired from Apollo hospitals and was keen to associate with a cause. Today, Dr. Bakhtawar is the Hon. Program Director of the Chennai division and has two staff with Francis as the Program Coordinator and a team of 26 volunteers that covers 6 hospitals across Chennai. The largest one being Cancer Institute in Adyar, where Dr. Venkatraman gets over 2000 cancer children taking treatment / annum.
In its 1st year, Chennai division has granted 282 wishes. Recently, on 25th July 2015, it conducted its 1st Anniversary celebration and hopes to grant over 500 wishes per year.