Often, persons with chronic illnesses experience a nagging fear of being dependent on their families. This burden can have emotional, physical, social, and financial aspects. Basanti Devi, 65, is from Uttarakhad. She was solely dependent on her only daughter and son-in-law after being diagnosed with a heart ailment. For her, being healthy meant being independent. After several frantic but failed efforts to find assistance for her condition, she came to the Sameer Mallik Heart Care Foundation Fund. A bypass surgery was recommended for her and the monetary requirement was Rs 1,25,000. However, the Fund sent her to National Heart Institute where the angiography results showed that a bypass surgery could be avoided and it was a medically manageable disease. Today, she truly feels blessed to be a healthy individual and not dependent on her daughter for her treatment.