Monday Morning Coffee3/9/2020
March is typically known as the start of the real estate season, and the numbers proved it. Mortgage rates dipped down to year-long lows last week, which continued to motivate home buyers. New purchase mortgage application submissions increased 6.0% from last week and refinance application submissions dropped 1.0%, for a composite increase of 1.5%. MBA senior vice president and chief economist, Mike Frantantoni commented, "purchase volume remained strong, supported by low rates and the increased pace of construction over the past few months. With housing supply at low levels, new inventory is a positive development for prospective home buyers."
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After losing her husband to cancer, this newlywed is spreading his message: Love Heals
Cancer eats away not only at a patient; it slowly gnaws away at their loved ones as well. Amid the parched throats, joint aches, poor appetites, and weak and fragile bodies, the fear of death looms large all the time. It was during a moment like this, in January 2018, that Nitesh Prajapat, who was battling last stage colorectal cancer, and his wife Dimple Parmar, decided they would dedicate the rest of their life to serve people and help people struggling with cancer and their families.
"Nitesh's last wish was to give hope to everyone around him, especially the countless people who are diagnosed with cancer every day. They fight this deadly disease, and often many lack the courage and resources. Through our organisation we wanted to give them a shout out: you are not alone, we are with you," says Dimple, 28.
The duo graduated from IIM Calcutta. The eldest among his siblings, Nitesh was the sole earning member of the family, and was working hard to improve his family's condition. While completing his MBA in 2016, he met Dimple. The couple interacted over course work, bonded over startup and entrepreneurial dreams, and fell in love. In June 2016, a routine health checkup led to the discovery that Nitesh had Stage 3 colorectal cancer. He was broken, but managed to rise above the initial shock, and, with his family's support, started treatment. He approached his health condition in a logical manner, believing there was a solution to every problem.
"Like any MBA student, he listed his short-term and long-term goals, organised funding details, on-going academic requirements, treatment options, and diet plan using Excel sheets," Dimple recalls.
From 2016, when Nitesh was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer, the duo spent sleepless nights trying to study different ways of defeating this dreaded disease. From understanding the nature of cancer and how it can multiply and foster in one's body to allopathic medications and holistic treatments, including dietary changes, yoga, meditation, pranic healings, and naturopathy, Dimple and Nitesh charted out a list on "do's and don'ts" for cancer. The duo wanted to share information and give back to the society, to people who had helped them through this difficult journey with financial and logistic support, by crowdfunding and through their IIT-IIM-Calcutta alumni networks.
"By January 2018, Nitesh was in pain, but there was no suffering. There was so much love and happiness in him; he wanted to give all this support back to the society that unconditionally helped him. And we decided to start Love Heals Cancer," Dimple shares.
They soon started Love Heals Cancer, a Mumbai-based non-profit organisation. Nitesh, 28, himself oversaw the workings of the website in the initial days in January 2018. The organisation was founded with a clear objective of increasing awareness about cancer and its prevention along with helping patients get through the journey with someone always by their side. Dimple, who understands the pain and suffering that family members and caregivers go through, also extends support to them as well.
After his death in March, 2018, Dimple continued to work on his dream. Today, she runs the organisation with volunteer groups across metro cities in India. "We don't charge anything and never intend to. We just want to help those in need and spread their stories around the world for they are the true fighters among us," says Dimple, an IIM-Calcutta alumnus. Over the past year, Dimple has reached out to over 1,000 cancer patients and families across the globe, and provided them counselling services.