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Guiding Principles of LA Cancer Research Foundation



Smt.Lokanayagi Adikesavan

Lokanayagi Adikesavan (LA) Cancer Research Foundation (LA Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization) is established for a noble cause, in the fond memory of Ms. Lokanayagi Adikesavan. Lokanayagi Adikesavan was born in India on Sep. 20 1941. She served as Head of Department of Tamil Literature for some years in Government College for women, Mayavaram, TN, India, in 1960s, when college post graduation of women was just uprising. Lokanayagi was a simple but strong-willed woman in her days and always thought of progress of woman. This young lady lived as a nonpareil dynamic and multifaceted woman. She helped young girls to redesign themselves for personality development, on right pathway, in the day-to-day-changing modern world. In fact Lokanayagi was a model for women in 20th century - to program self to be a good woman, good wife, good mother and an excellent professional. She even portrayed herself as an iron lady forbearing what has come to her, after she was told she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

At the age of 44, on April 4, 1986, the young lady passed away leaving her small family who can only think of her but never see her anytime. Her husband Dr.A.S.Adikesavan,Ph.D., (Retd. Head of The Department of Mathematics & Computer Applications and Controller of Examinations, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy, India ) says that, only when crisis due to passing away of an important member in a family occurs, we learn how hard life is and who are real human around us. Such a heavy loss in their own family, awakened the founder Dr.Nallini V Adikesavan  who is an ardent admirer of her mother Lokanayagi to institute a Cancer Research Foundation in her name, to keep, at the least, her imprints alive. The founder recalls that Lokanayagi was such a loving mother who did not wish her daughter, to see her pitiable mental and physical condition while undergoing treatment in the cancer hospital, as she felt it would be an everlasting scar in the child's mind. She never shed tears anytime for the short stay coming to a close. However while undergoing treatment Lokanayagi told her husband, I cannot fold my hands and pray my God, which I do every night before going to sleep, as my hands are paining after so many intravenous injections. Even to date, cancer is still a threat to human life and creates a pathetic situation for the patient who awaits miracles to happen if the treatment does not help to completely cure cancer. When the miracle does not click, it leaves the family to grieve forever with the incomparable loss. Our Cancer Research Foundation is intended to aid the research community that strives hard to cure cancer and help families avoid such tragedies in the future.

The LA Cancer Research Foundation encourages and supports upcoming young researchers, dedicated with dynamism and concern for cancer research. It is designed to serve as a powerful source of support for the dedicated scientists to contribute by devising curative methods for cancer. En route, it also aims at educating people at large about known  carcinogenic agents.