President Mr. Shaji Abraham Mathew

At the 2015 Annual Banquet, Abraham Mathew, President of SDM Cancer Relief Fund, instilled a sobering realism in his speech as he acknowledged its pains and growth. The swell of its endowment fund to $350,000 was called “remarkable” for a small organization.

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But hope is mingled with hurdles, said Mathew, who stated that although checks are written directly to patients, not the hospitals, “most patients don’t have bank accounts” and a “majority of them pass away before funds can be received.” The benefit, though, in such cases passes on to the surviving family members.

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