Arjun Rampal set to launch war against cancer

Updated: Nov 24, 2016, 10:46 IST | Mohar Basu

Arjun Rampal to tie up with local hospitals to make cancer care affordable; actor recently returned from the US post his mother's treatment

He has barely caught his breath after a choc-a-bloc promotion schedule for his last release, 'Rock On 2', and Arjun Rampal is already in the midst of promoting his next film, 'Kahaani 2' with Vidya Balan.

"I will start shooting for 'Aankhen 2' in January; the final casting is in place. Of course, I also have Daddy, for which I will need to devote a few more days," says the actor discussing his next few busy months.

But what Arjun is determined to make time for in an initiative to raise awareness about cancer. His mother, Gwen Rampal, is a breast cancer survivor. Although, there was news a month ago that she wasn't in the best of health, Arjun says she is fighting fit.

Arjun Rampal
Arjun Rampal

"She is an extremely strong woman and though these have been testing times for her and the family, we've come out of it stronger. I am wholeheartedly invested in the Gwen Beat Foundation, which I am going to launch soon. This is to spread awareness about cancer, its causes and symptoms, especially among women," says Arjun, who is just back from the US after spending time at home.

The actor hopes to spread the word about regular health checks, and calling on the doctor at the slightest hint of an abnormality. "Besides this, I will be introduce them to something special, which will be as good as a cure. My primary motive is to make the treatment affordable to as many people as possible. I count myself fortunate that I could afford my mother's treatment, but some families can't. I want to offer them hope."

Arjun, aware that the country's health infrastructure isn't top notch, plans to start small. "I have collaborated with a group of international experts who will fly down to train a specialised set of skilled doctors here. Through interactions and discussions, we hope to imbibe a world-class approach to cancer treatment. We are tying up with local hospitals, who will treat a set number of patients annually, free of cost. We hope this gets bigger by the day," he says. 

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