Hyderabad, October 10th 2020: City based Grace Cancer Foundation hosted the World's largest Cancer Awareness initiative, 'Grace Cancer Run' with over a lakh participants from 100 plus countries, taking part, virtually. The Run organised to commemorate the World Breast Cancer Awareness month, was formally flagged off by Chief Guest Shri Etela Rajender, Hon'ble Minister for Health, Medical and Family Welfare, Govt, of Telangana; in the presence of Guests of Honour Shri Sumit Deb, CMD, NMDC; Shri Rajeshwar Rao, MLC, Govt, of Telangana; Shri Sajjanar, IPS, Commissioner of Police, Cyberabad; Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli, CEO, Grace Cancer Foundation; Dr Niranjan Raj, Race Director and Dr Hemanth Udayaraju, Robotic Surgical Oncologist, Apollo Hospitals, today at Gachibowli stadium. The theme of the third edition of the Run, held as a Virtual Run today is, 'Beat Cancer, Beyond Covid 19.'
The Grace Cancer Run initiated three years ago in the city of Hyderabad, has achieved unprecedented success, well beyond our imagination. When we began our objective was limited to spreading cancer awareness in Hyderabad and the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. What we accomplished today with over one lakh participants in 100+ countries is huge and overwhelming and are enormously gratified with the fact that we could reach out and sensitize millions across the globe. The icing on the is the prestigious Guinness World Record, crowning our effort, says Dr Chinnababu Sunkavalli, CEO, Grace Cancer Foundation.
Our excitement has no bounds, we created history by recording this as the world's largest cancer awareness drive. In the annals this run will remain memorable forever. It's a moment of pride that India took the lead in sensitizing the world about the killer disease, through this mammoth run, says Dr Niranjan Raj, Race Director, Grace Cancer Foundation.
The 'Grace Cancer Run' format was virtual this year to beat the unprecedented times witnessed by the world due to the all-pervading COVID 19 fear. Virtual Run enabled the Foundation to seek participation of entrants from across the globe and reach the message of early Cancer detection and prevention to a significantly large population, in every nook and corner of the globe. The Virtual Run was in three categories of 5K, 10K and Half Marathon of 21.IK.
The huge participation is a significant impetus to our mission to drive physical activity as a means to stay healthy and prevent non-communicable diseases like Cancer. It's imperative that everyone embraces a healthy lifestyle and keeps Cancer at bay, says Dr Hemanth Udayaraju, Robotic Surgical Oncologist, Apollo Hospitals.
The 'Grace Cancer Run' was Powered by Ryan and was organized in Partnership with Society for Cyberabad Security Council, in Association with Hyderabad Runners, was Sponsored by Movers.com, Novartis and Supporter by NMDC.
About Grace Cancer Foundation
We are the only charity organization that works across every aspect of cancer; we help 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.