Over 10,000 take part in walk for life

Organised at India Gate to mark World Cancer Day

CanSupport, which runs the largest home care programme for people with cancer in India, organised its 6th annual walk-a-thon called Walk for Life on Sunday wherein more than 10,000 people participated.

Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flagged off the Walk for Life at India Gate.  Schoolchildren, prominent citizens and people from all sections of society gathered at the colourful event to express their solidarity with those living with cancer and mark the World Cancer Day. Kaur has been the chief patron of the Walk For Life and has lead it from the front since the day of its inception.

The walk-a-thon witnessed participants from various fields such as corporate houses, members of the diplomatic corps, expat community in Delhi and cancer survivors who walked down Rajpath to support the work of the organisation in the field of palliative care.

According to Harmala Gupta, founder of CanSupport In India, cancer has become one of the four leading causes of death and according to estimates from the Cancer Registry Programme of ICMR, Delhi has the highest prevalence rate in India.

“There are currently 200,000 people in the capital with cancer with about 21,000 being added annually. Of these, 10,000 die every year,” said Gupta.

“Behind this disheartening statistic is the fact that 75 per cent patients are diagnosed when they are in the 3rd or 4th stage of cancer,” added Gupta. She thanked the participants and volunteers who gathered together to express their solidarity with the cause of cancer.

CanSupport’s annual walk aims to create awareness about cancer, raise funds for the people affected by the disease and to honour the struggle against it. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit, health minister Dr A K Walia, American Ambassador Nancy J Powell, MP Navjot Singh Sidhu, CPI-M Polit Bureau members Brinda Karat, Mohini Daljeet Singh were among the participants.

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