Kishore S. Rao, Chairman
Originally from a corporate background, even while still working with Madura Coats, he found time to initiate the Karnataka branch of the Indian Cancer Society. As the Founder Managing Trustee his main, and continuing activity since 1994, is the setting up and running of the Bangalore Hospice Trust (Karunashraya)“ the caring centre for terminally ill cancer patients and their families. This is a totally charitable activity providing free care and counselling for cancer patients in their last stages of life. More than 12,500 such patients and their families have benefited from this centre and as many as 7,000 patients have died in their care “ free from pain and in peace. As a result of advice and training provided by KARUNASHRAYA seven more such independent units have been set up in Chennai, Vellore, Nagpur, Shimoga, Kallianpur, Mangalore, and Puttur in South Kanara.