Cyclothon organized in Gurgaon to spread cancer awareness
Indian Cancer Society, Delhi in partnership with DLF Foundation, YouWeCan, Hriday Foundation and Artimis Hospital organized its first ever Cyclothon at Gurgaon for Cancer Awareness for children in the age group of 3 - 18.
The Cyclothon started at Leisure Valley, opposite Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon, sector 29 at 8am and ended at 10am with approximately 1300 participants. The aim of this initiative was to highlight the issues surrounding wide spectrum diseases like cancer and to encourage Gurgaon
to become an active community in promotion of cancer control along with fitness. The purpose of this Cyclothon was to promote physical activity among children together with the understanding that obesity and physical inactivity are prime causes for concern in regard to cancer.
The cyclothon had three categories, namely Tiny Tot Cycle March where kids of age group 3-5 years participated enthusiastically in the tricycle race; the Young Cyclers March saw kids of age group 6-12 years participating in a 2 km cycle drive and the Senior Cyclers category witnessed kids of age group 13-18 years participating in a 4 km cycle drive.
Shabnam Singh, mother of cricketer Yuvraj Singh, was present in the event and flagged off the event as a chief guest. Jyostna Govil, Hony Secretary, Indian Cancer Society on the occasion while addressing the issue said, "When people think of cancer, the picture in their minds is a gloomy one. The Cyclothon, like our Walk for Cancer Awareness is designed to bring to attention the fact there are many happy ways to think of Cancer Awareness & Prevention - and Physical Activity is a prime factor in Prevention.”
“Children love activity and active play time makes for healthy bodies and minds. Parents, stressed for time, need occasions to come out with children. The Cyclothon was our way of saying: Prevention is the best way of fighting cancer."