ABOUT SANJAY ANAND FOUNDATION
We believe that every life has equal value.
In order to strengthen this belief, we follow certain principles that define our approach to the work involved. Some of our principles are:
- We must be humble and mindful in our actions and words.
- We must treat the ultimate beneficiaries of our work with respect.
- We demand that we all act ethically.
The primary purpose of the foundation is to provide medical treatment, surgery, and rehabilitative services to the poor of India. The goal is to provide the assistance to the poor by not only getting them operated but also providing them with free post-care as part of the service.
The foundation was set up in 1995 by Mr Sunil Anand and his wife, Mrs Anu Anand in the memory of their seventeen year old son Sanjay, who died in a car accident in Staten Island, NY. They offered their son’s organs and tissue to help heal and save a group of strangers. This service helped save the lives of so many people. This helped keep Sanjay’s legacy alive in the hearts and bodies of all those who were impacted.
The New York Regional Transplant program saved over 300 individuals with Sanjay’s gift of vital organs and issues. Crippled children were able to walk with his donation of bones to the greater Metropolitan Bone Bank. Two people were given the gift of sight through the eye bank. The New York Cornell Medical Centre was able to help a burn victim with skin grafts.
Inspired by Organ and Tissue donations which helped hundreds of people, Sunil and Anu Anand established a foundation named Sanjay Anand Charitable Foundation (SACF) in New York and Sanjay Anand Charitable Trust in New Delhi, India in 1995. Since then the foundation adopted two major projects:
Sponsors eye surgeries for the removal of cataract and the implantation of IOU Lenses @ 100 surgeries a month since January 1996 till date.
Opened a hospital in Patna, India in collaboration with Bharat Vikas Viklang Punarvas Kendra, to install artificial limbs to the handicapped and opened a surgery ward for Polio surgeries for the young children.
Recently established Sanjay Anand Society for rehabilitation and welfare to provide education in rehabilitation and research activities.
The foundation holds an annual fund-raiser in NY/NJ
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE MOVEMENT
“Sanjay’s legacy has no beginning and no ending”.
Ironically, his true legacy was known only after his fatal accident on May 10th, 1995. Inspired by God, we donated all of Sanjay’s organs.
Immediately, friends came forward to give testimony of Sanjay’s efforts characterizing his legacy. When asked to describe Sanjay, his friends reported to the Staten Island Advance that “… at the time of need, Sanjay would even give the shirt off his back.”
Sanjay’s life continues to be the bread of life to thousands, as the efforts of the Sanjay Anand Foundation continue.