From our North America Bureau:  Victims and survivors of cancer were honoured at a grand annual gala organised by the SKN Foundation, a sold-out event with more than 400 guests that took place on September 17, 2016 at the Marigold in Somerset, New Jersey.  The nite included powerful messages and poems from the founder, Dr Naveen Mehrotra and his mother, both of whom have lost loved ones to cancer.  Fox News radio and television personality Vipp Jaswal was the MC for the day.  Keynote speaker was Lisa Ray, whose battle with Multiple Myeloma has inspired many to take hope.  The colourful event culminated with a fashion show by international designer Joy Mitra, and a performance by Indian singer/song writer Falu Shah.  NRI Achievers, incidentally, was the Media Partner for the event.  The evening’s efforts were coordinated by lead event organizer, Sonalika Ahuja from Beyond Media, supported by Urvashi Mishra of Electric Karma International and Ayesha Hakki of Bibi Magazine.   “The amount of support we have received from activists and philanthropists in the tristate area is truly heart-warming and humbling,” said Ahuja. “This is an issue that affects all of us, and the monies raised from this gala will go toward educating people about the disease and creating an accessible support system for South Asian families.”

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