‘Cancer is conquerable’ message reckons across the globe, with over 20000 joining in the CANcer RUN
largest cancer run across 4 continents, 4 countries & 10 cities, The theme of the run is ‘Let us outrun cancer’
Microsoft backs the global event to prevent cancer through awareness
Hyderabad, 13th October, 2019 : The World’s largest Cancer Awareness Run – ‘CANcer RUN‘ with over 20000 runners participating across 4 continents, 4 countries and 10 cities, was flagged off at Necklace Road, on Sunday. The run with the theme ‘Let us outrun cancer’ was organised by Grace Cancer Foundation, was sponsored by Microsoft. The Race was in three different categories of 2k fun walk/run, 5k run/walk and 10k timed run. The run had 10000 participants in Hyderabad alone and another 10000 running across the continents of Asia, North America, Australia and South America, in the cities of Mumbai, Los Angeles, Sydney, Santiago in Chile, Nashik, Davangere, Nizamabad, Kakinada and Jonnalagadda.
V.C. Sajjanar, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad; flagged-off the run; Rajeswar Rao, MLC and D Prabhakar Rao, CMD, Transco and GENCO; graced the occasion. The organisers of the run, Sujata Rao, IPS, IG Retd & Chairman, Grace Cancer Foundation; Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli, Founder & CEO, Grace Cancer Foundation and Dr Hemanth Vudayaraju, Robotic Surgical Oncologist, were also present on the occasion. The winners of the run in the open category were, amongst males were Winner Ramesh B; First Runner up Satender Singh and Second Runner up Madhusudhan K; in women’s category Winner is Navya V; First Runner up Thirupathamma and Second Runner up is Lovneet S.
V.C. Sajjanar said, the response for this run to create awareness against dreaded cancer disease, is overwhelming with over 10000 participants extending their support by taking part in it, this is much more than the 7000 participants last year, it indicates more and more people are coming forward to fight the disease. This year the run is being organised not just in Hyderabad, but in many cities across the globe including Los Angeles, Sydney, in Chile. Cancer is the second most dreaded disease, over one crore people die due to cancer all over the world, every year. There is a need to create awareness about the disease and mass events with large number of youth and elders participating, like this one, play a crucial role in achieving that goal. Not just awareness, there is also a need to provide succor to cancer patients. So today there is all the more need to out run cancer. Runs like this are avenues to burst stress, which is another cause of concern, besides keeping fit such runs help in keeping healthy.
MLC Rajeswar rao said, the incidence of cancer is on the rise by the day, we have to prevent and ensure a cancer free world and in this direction Grace Foundation is doing some wonderful work by creating awareness and motivating people to join in the run.
Speaking about the event Sujata Rao said, this 2nd edition of the ‘CANcer RUN’ is taking the cue from ‘FIT INDIA’ launched recently by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is spreading that message across continents. Life style modification is key to a healthy life, therefore everyone needs to embrace physical activity. To make FIT INDIA a dream come true, this initiative should be transformed into a great movement and an unstoppable revolution in the days to come.
Grace Cancer Foundation, a charity organisation, working towards providing succour to cancer patients, has initiated CANcerRUN, to raise public awareness against cancer, its prevention and early detection. Over 200 cancer survivors participating in the run was the highlight and was instrumental in instilling confidence and hope amongst those afflicted of cancer and sending a strong message of, cancer after all is conquerable.
Speaking on the occasion Dr Hemanth Vudayaraju said, Running is the easiest way to stay fit, something which comes naturally to each one of us, requires least in terms of infrastructure and equipment and hence is the most uncomplicated way to yield sustaining health benefits. There are a lot of myths and misbeliefs about Cancer along with stigma and hopelessness, this run can spread the awareness and dispel all these.
CANcerRUN is a opportunity to challenge yourself, set new limits and reduce your cancer risk by being physically active. This is a race to save lives, organized by Grace Cancer foundation which has been relentless in its efforts to create awareness about cancer and aims to save lives in the long run. No one should fight cancer alone and there were thousands here who joined in the fight against cancer and ran alongside those who are impacted by Cancer, says Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli. Cancer is curable if detected early and they don’t just survive but Conquer the disease. This run is in support of People who fought this disease, he adds.