NMDC Grace Cancer Run’s Cancer prevention message reckons across six continents!
Hyderabad: Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, Governor of Telangana, has formally launched the fourth edition of the Guinness World Record holding ‘NMDC Grace Cancer Run’ being organised across the globe, by the city based Grace Cancer Foundation (GCF), at Hotel Daspalla, today. Also present on the occasion were Guest of Honour Sumit Deb, CMD, NMDC Ltd.; Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli, Robotic Surgical Oncologist & CEO, Grace Cancer Foundation; Ajay Misra, IAS (Retd.), Former Special Chief Secretary, Govt. of Telangana & Advisory Board Member, GCF; Sujatha Rao, IPS (Retd.), Former IG & Chairman, Grace Cancer Foundation; and Dr Prameela Sunkavalli, Founder Trustee, Grace Cancer Foundation. The Race ambassadors from across the globe including Dr Joseph Paturi, Founder Chairman, Global Grace Health, USA; Dr Satish Chandra, Race Ambassador Australia; Dr Sathya Kalangi, USA; Dr Joshua Banda, Africa; Mrs Sonia Chadha Nihal, UK and Europe; Ms Paulina, South America and Dr Dilip Pawar, Mumbai; were present virtually.
In 2020, the Grace Cancer Run won the Coveted Guinness World Records on two counts of Most live viewers for a female health awareness lesson on YouTube and Most videos of people running/ jogging uploaded to Facebook in one hour and is proactively aspiring for more recognitions this year.
The ‘NMDC Grace Cancer Run‘ being organized on October 10th, 2021; has a hybrid format, enabling participants to choose as per their convenience between the virtual and physical running. The virtual run amplifies the reach of the message on early Cancer detection and prevention by manifold, across the globe. The Run sponsored by NMDC and powered by Ryan and Apollo Hospitals, is imbibing the spirit of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrating 75 years of India’s freedom and pursuing the goal of freedom from Cancer for humanity.
With the ongoing Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, we are celebrating a New India – a Fit India. Through NMDC Global Grace Cancer Run 2021, we aim to promote physically more active lifestyle. The enthusiasm around the run is a bellwether of a behavioral change towards fitness in our country. To commemorate India@75, NMDC has curated a series of academic, cultural, and sports events in the 75-week run up to August 22, says Shri Sumit Deb.
Grace Cancer Foundation, a charity organisation, working towards providing succour to cancer patients, has initiated Grace Cancer Run, to raise public awareness against cancer, its prevention and early detection, with the moto ‘No patients should be deprived of treatment for lack of financial support.’ Cancer survivors participating in the Run instil confidence and hope of cancer being conquerable, among cancer patients. The funds mobilised from the run will be utilised to provide Cancer Screening across rural India and care for needy patients diagnosed with cancer, besides conducting virtual Cancer awareness program and spreading knowledge across the globe.
The Grace Cancer Run continues to have enormous significance this year too, as the all-embracing Covid 19 fear is restricting patients suffering other ailments from seeking medical attention. Patients with symptoms of non-Covid diseases are postponing their treatment for the pandemic conditions to subside. However, the delay can be unimaginably fatal for serious ailments like Cancer. This scenario presents serious and irretrievable consequences for the community by raising the disease burden manifold, says Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli. This run will help sensitise patients to seek immediate medical help and nip a dreaded disease like cancer in the bud stage. It’s also heartening that this edition like in the previous year will expand its footprint across the globe to 150 plus countries and positively impact even those in the remotest part of the World, by spreading the word on prevention and early detection of Cancer. Physical activity is key to disease prevention, especially cancer and this Run helps to achieve the objective, he adds.
The Foundation has framed stipulations for the virtual run, to ensure safety and wellness of the participants in these unprecedented times of Covid 19, while affording them the privilege of being a part of a noble cause with ability to spread the message on cancer. The virtual run enables the participants to be part of it from the comfortable and secure confines of their homes on a treadmill or at a nearby track. The race rules are designed to permit the participant to reach the desired distance in a prescribed timeframe. Besides creating awareness, the virtual run serves as an add-on to stay fit and healthy, thus lifting the spirits of the participants especially during these somber times.
The Run will be in three categories of: 5K, 10K and 21.1K (Half Marathon)
Each participant registering for the Run will be provided with an ‘e-bib’ (a personalized, printable picture). The participants need to log on to activity Apps of their choice, though Strava is the preferred app for recording the run. After the completion of the run, the runners have to post the distance of the run along with a selfie or photograph with the bib on the chest for the organizers to record their participation.
The interested participants should register for the Run through the following links
Last year 50000 people from 110 nations participated in the Global Grace Cancer Run and GCF is striving to enhance the participation to 150 countries. Since early detection and lifestyle modification is the key to conquer cancer, a physical activity like running is strongly advocated for all age groups, says Dr Prameela Sunkavalli.
About Grace Cancer Foundation
Grace Cancer Foundation began its crusade against cancer in 2013 by establishing the foundation and hosting the Grace Cancer Run. Later in 2018 the Foundation initiated Global Grace Cancer Run. Over the years the Run, an annual event, propelled awareness campaigns, screening camps, early detection, treatment and research. GCF is the only charity organization that works across every aspect of cancer; It helps people from prevention to early diagnosis through to treatment and beyond. Grace Cancer Foundation is founded with the vision to alleviate cancer burden through Education, Early detection, Treatment, Rehabilitation, and cutting-edge Research for the needy. We aim to provide CURE, CARE and COMPASSION and commitment to the needy people by holistic approach. We believe that every person on earth, irrespective of their Social and Economic status, has equal right to treatment. We intend to create an organization that helps people around the globe in their quest to conquer Cancer.
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