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Run for a cause: Marathon on World Cancer Day at Sharda University
Shamim Zakaria | 11 Feb 2014

With an initiative to spread awareness about the killer disease cancer, the Manavta Foundation in association with Sharda Hospital organized a marathon run titled ‘Run for Manavata’ on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

The 4 km long run, that was flagged off by Olympic bronze medalist, Vijender Singh, witnessed more than 2500 participants that included 17 colleges, 13 schools and 750 doctors across Delhi NCR. The tally of esteemed guests included Mrs. Seema Gupta, Chairperson, Sharda University, Dr. Pratibha Gupta, Dean Sharda Hospital, Mr. R S Chauhan, Deputy Inspector General of Police, CRPF and Dr.PL Kariholu, Medical Superintendent, Sharda Hospital. Balram, a cancer survivor, treated and cured at Sharda Hospital was also present at the event.

Speaking on the occasion Mr.Vijender Singh said,"Cancer has taken away people from their close ones. I always wanted to create awareness about this disease so that people get timely treatments done and save themselves. I would like to encourage the people who are suffering from Cancer to fight against it. It gives me immense pleasure to see people of all age groups synergizing their efforts in a social cause”. The Olympians presence was a huge crowd puller and further boasted the enthusiasm of the students.

To acknowledge the efforts of the participants, three winners were chosen, namely; Sachin Bhati, Khalsa College Delhi University, First Prize, Amit Bhati, MMHI, Ghaziabad, Second Prize and PR Choudhry, CRPF, Third Prize.

 Speaking on the occasion, Mr. PK Gupta, Chancellor, Sharda University & Founder Chairman, Sharda Group of Institutions, said: “It’s a privilege that we are able to organize and participate in a social cause raising awareness about fatal disease like Cancer amongst us. The participation of people from all walks of life can be attributed as the key success factor in getting this implemented. It is a perfect example to this city about the initiative and importance of corporate social responsibility”

Other eminent personae who has also put forward their supporting hand towards Manavata Foundation includes, Milkha Singh, Yuvraj Singh, APJ Abdul Kalam, Kiran Bedi, Kapil Dev and Shibani Kashyap.

As part of awareness initiative a street play was also performed by the students of Sharda University. Sharda Hospital and Manavta Foundation, after the success of the marathon, pledged to make this a yearly event to sustain their drive for cancer and cancer patients.