The Shayam Kaushal Charitable Foundation was created to spread Hope, Strength and Determination to those in need. Shayam fought a courageous 8-year battle with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and passed away on February 10, 2009 at the age of 40. He lived his life with dignity and courage and the foundation created in his name will forever remember and perpetuate his Hope, Strength and Determination.
Shayam graduated from York University where he was actively involved with student government and athletics as a champion tennis player.
He continued his passion to be involved well after university in such charitable organizations as the Terry Fox run and the Alpha Foundation as well as being past president of the Independent Mortgage Brokers Association.
Shayam was a generous philanthropist, successful businessman, and devoted family man. He was sustained throughout his struggle with Osteosarcoma by his guiding values of hope, strength and determination.
His devotion to his business was only surpassed by that to his family. Shayam was very charitable with his time and effort that he gave of freely to many people and organizations. He will always be remembered by many for his generosity in this regard. It is for this reason the foundation is in existence, to keep the generosity of his spirit alive forever.
Bone cancer is a relatively rare disease in which cancer cells grow in the bone tissue. Cancer occurs when cells in the body (in this case bone cells) divide without control or order. Normally, cells divide in a regulated manner. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably when new cells are not needed, a mass of tissue forms, called a growth or tumour. The term cancer refers to malignant tumours, which can invade nearby tissues and spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumour does not invade or spread.
Cancer may form in the bone or spread to the bone from another site in the body. When cancer starts in bone tissue, it is called primary bone cancer. When cancer cells travel to the bone from elsewhere, it is called secondary or metastatic cancer to the bone. Osteosarcoma is a cancerous tumour of the bone, usually of the arms, legs, or pelvis; the most common primary cancer.
The War Amps is a Canadian nation-wide charity under the direction of war amputees. They believe in a philosophy of "amputees helping amputees" and it has been the hallmark of The War Amps since 1918, when the organization was founded by amputee war veterans returning home from the First World War. Their objectives include improving the quality of life for all amputees, encouraging child amputees to develop a positive approach to living with amputation through comprehensive support programs, educating amputees with the latest information on artificial limbs and all aspects of amputation, providing employment for amputees, and raising awareness about issues as diverse as the experiences and abilities of amputees, child safety and Canada's military heritage.