Purnota Dutta Bahl had a flourishing career before a visit to Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai changed her life forever. A little girl battling cancer reminded her of her daughter. Though she had been contributing her mite as an individual donor to the hospital, she realised that she needed to do more, especially for the poor children who were unable to cope with the cancer treatment because of malnutrition.
It was a brave decision to quit a cushy corporate job with a multinational, but it proved to be a turning point in her life. Seven years later, Cuddles Foundation—a President’s Award-winning charity organisation founded by her—is working with 29 hospitals in 19 cities across the country, providing holistic nutritional intervention to underprivileged kids fighting against the Big C. “Our mission is to make sure every child fighting cancer has the right nutrition needed to overcome it,” says Bahl. “We make sure we are there when a kid walks in for treatment at a cancer hospital.”