Silchar: A seven-state 2,200-km long bike rally in the North East was flagged off today in Silchar. The rally comprises of 25 doctors and staff of Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and the biking group, Silchar Thumpers. The rally is a joint collaboration between Tata Trusts, Cachar Cancer Hospital and associated partners.
Along the 2,200-km journey, the riders will cross Shillong, Guwahati, Tezpur, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Kohima, Imphal, Aizawl and Agartala. The bikers will return to Silchar on March 22 for the closing ceremony.
Along with the bike ride, a 5-km run saw participation from doctors and citizens.
In every state capitals and town, the rally passes through, the rider’s arrival will be accompanied by a series of events – street plays, sensitization and educational talks as well as stories of cancer patients.
In addition, workshops on cancer research and careers in oncology will be conducted for medical students and nurses in Guwahati by Tata Memorial Hospital (Mumbai), Adyar Cancer Institute (Chennai) and Regional Cancer Centre (Trivandrum).
During the rally, the doctors will interact with people and organizations at locations along the route to spread awareness about cancer, its preventive measures, detection aspects and treatment modalities.
The North-Eastern Region with a population of approximately five crores sees about 45,000 new cancer cases every year. Across India, Aizawl district in Mizoram reported the highest rate of incidence among males, while Papumpare district in Arunachal Pradesh recorded the highest incidence number among females. Among males, head and neck is the most prevalent form of cancer making up 40% of the total cases, while among females, head and neck, cervical cancer make up 20% each and breast cancer makes up another 15%.
Dr. Arnie Purushotham, Medical Director- Cancer Care Programme, Tata Trusts said, “Tata Trusts’ purpose is to both support delivery of high quality and affordable cancer care closer to patients’ homes, and also to generate mass awareness about its prevention and early detection. There is a high Incidence of tobacco-related cancers in the North East Region such as Oral and Lung Cancer. Many of these cancers are curable through preventative measures, screening & early detection. Along with the Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and the National Cancer Grid, we have launched the Together We Can Beat Cancer: Run and Ride 2018 as a community-driven, multi-platform awareness initiative across the region.”
With the need to shift focus from curative to awareness and early detection programmes and thereby increasing chances of a patient’s survival, Tata Trusts have embarked upon several initiatives, from implementing the National Cancer Grid — a network of 126 cancer hospitals in India — along with Tata Memorial Hospital to conducting a proof-of-concept in cross-subsidised screening programmes for certain types of cancers. The Tata Trusts have further partnered with the Government of Assam for development of 17 centres across Assam.
Tata Trusts is also working with Emmanuel Health Association, Ajmal Foundation, Deepshika Foundation, National Service Scheme, Rotary Foundation- District 3240 (India), among others for cancer care awareness and screening in the outreach program being conducted for these institutions.
Together We Can Beat Cancer: Run and Ride 2018 is supported by Tata Motors. The riding partners for this event are the Silchar Thumpers-Enfield Club and the event is being omanaged by Great North Eastern Run In association with Voice of Tobacco Victims, National Service Scheme, Rotary District 3240. Refreshments are provided by Electrobion SIP and Yummy Foods.
This initiative is further supported by Sambandh Health Foundation, Doctors for You, Pensa Foundation, Assam Rifles, Shillong Commerce College, Baptist Christian Hospital (Tezpur), Manbha Foundation, NEIGRIHMS, Shillong (Department of Surgical Oncolgy), Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, Arunchal State Hospital, Assam Medical College. State cancer institute (Guwahati), Association of oncologist of North East India, Association of Surgeon of Assam, State Cancer Society of Arunachal Pradesh , Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences Hospital (TRIHMSH) , Aunachal State Nursing School, Naharlagun, Indian Medical Association - Arunachal State Branch, United Charity, Arunachal Vivekananda Yuva Shakti, Arunachal Mirror, Pratistuti, Naga Hospital, RIMS (Imphal), Pachhunga University College (Aizwal), NCD cell (Govt. of Aizwal), Tripura State Hospital.
To be a part of the Ride and Run, sign up at : http://bit.ly/2FuBRLF
About Tata Trusts
Since inception in 1892, Tata Trusts, India’s oldest philanthropy, has played a pioneering role in bringing about an enduring difference in the lives of the communities it serves. Guided by the principles and the vision of proactive philanthropy of its Founder, Jamsetji Tata, the Trusts’ purpose is to catalyse development in the areas of healthcare and nutrition, water and sanitation, education, energy, rural upliftment, urban poverty alleviation, and arts, craft and culture. Tata Trusts’ programmes, achieved through direct implementation, partnerships and grant making, are marked by innovations, relevant to the country. For more information, please visit http://tatatrusts.org/
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About Cachar Cancer Hospital
Established by social activists from diverse profession in 1992, the Cachar Cancer Hospital Society (CCHS) is a premier philanthropic and charitable not-for-profit NGO in North East India that is working to battle cancer. The hospital has been providing heavily subsidized (and in many cases, free) holistic and quality Cancer treatment to people from the poor and marginal sections of the North Eastern states since 1996. Despite its severe resource crunch, the hospital, with no regular or substantial Government/corporate support, has managed to serve it’s patients through a combination of it’s highly motivated and idealistic team of doctors, paramedics, technicians, scientists and staff who are serving with the Hospital, working in an environment severely devoid of all frills and focused exclusively on quality patient care.
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