<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Yuvraj Singh, Manisha Koirala join hands to raise awareness about cancer" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20131002144811.jpg" title="Yuvraj Singh, Manisha Koirala join hands to raise awareness about cancer" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Having gone through it all, both Yuvraj Singh (right) and Manisha Koirala have decided to spread awareness about the disease © IANS</p> </div> <strong>Kolkata: Oct 2, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> In a joint effort to raise awareness about cancer, Bollywood actress <a href="/tags/Manisha-Koirala/post" target="_blank">Manisha Koirala</a> and Indian cricketer <a href="/tags/Yuvraj-Singh/post" target="_blank">Yuvraj Singh</a> on Tuesday evening pepped up millions of people affected with the ailment, asserting "If we can, you can".<br /> <br /> Rejecting the notion "cancer has no answer", both Koirala and Yuvraj Singh valiantly fought and overcame the life-threatening cancer.<br /> <br /> The Bollywood actress and the aggressive left-handed batsman spoke about the traumatic moment when they came to know of their affliction, followed by agonising and tough treatment process, but finally - the victory over cancer.<br /> <br /> Having gone through it all, both have decided to spread awareness about the disease.<br /> <br /> "No matter at what stage the disease is detected, you have to pick up the pieces yourself and fight back. I tell people 'If Yuve can, you can',", said Yuvraj Singh during a lively interaction programme, "Pratigya, Cancer Myths and Reality", organised at a five-star hotel in Kolkata.<br /> <br /> Manisha, who dislikes the term "cancer survivor" as it sounds "meek", called herself a "cancer crusader".<br /> <br /> "A crusader has the attitude which gives you strength, because that is what you need when you are fighting a disease, which may be cancer or some other thing."<br /> <br /> "There is a stigma that cancer means death. No, it is not so. I know lot of people who got cancer, got treatment and are fine. Let us crusade against any kind of challenges," said the actress.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Cancer/post" target="_blank">Cancer</a> patients, doctors, leading Bengali film stars, singers, fashion designers, sportsmen, socialites — in short, the creme de la creme of the city attended the programme that aimed to raise awareness about cancer.<br /> <br /> The audience listened to the duo in rapt attention, breaking out in spontaneous applause now and then.<br /> <br /> Yuvraj acknowledged they had now become role models for cancer patients. "We both are symbols of hope and courage."<br /> <br /> On his comeback into the Indian team, he said: "It is the passion to come back. If you have the passion, you can come back. This is the reason I am back. Hopefully, I can play a few more years for the country".<br /> <br /> The strength to fight against the disease comes from within, your family, friends and well-wishers, said the cricketer.<br /> <br /> Yuvraj exuded confidence that Manisha would also make a comeback, but cautioned her against hurrying.<br /> <br /> "The media should not hound her about her comeback schedule," he added.<br /> <br /> The star-cricketer said, early detection was the key to fight back the disease.<br /> <br /> Manisha Koirala, who gave a motivational speech, helped by audio-visual props like slides, her pictures as a child, a young girl, an actress and as a cancer patient, said: "The disease has taught me what all that is important in my life. I want to tell people how fragile life is. We should value our life, our health."<br /> <br /> She stressed on leading a healthy life and eating organic food.<br /> <br /> Leading Bengali film actress Rituparna Sengupta, whose organisation "Bhavna Aaj or Kaal" tied up with corporate affairs expert Subroto Mukherjee's "Illusions" for the show, said: "We all have our professional lives, but beyond that we have some duty. We need to do our bit for the society."