Manipal pedals for Breast Cancer awareness2 min read
Manipal: A 10 km cyclathon, ‘M-Brace 2016’ to spread awareness about breast cancer, was organised by RedX, the socio-adventure club of Manipal University in association with the Department of Oncology, KMC and Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), here in the student town on Tuesday.
‘M-Brace’ which stands for ‘Manipal Breast Cancer Awareness Cycling Event’ was flagged off at Endpoint by Dr Udppa, Director of Research Directory. Led by Dr. Gopalakrishna Prabhu, Director, MIT, over 50 cyclists bearing the pink ribbon and ‘Fight Cancer’ message on their t-shirts rallied via Syndicate Circle, Manipal Lake, Venugopal temple, Kamath Circle, Hotel Fortune Inn Valley View to eventually reach KMC Greens.
Cycles carried awareness posters and announcements were also made during the rally about breast cancer. It was followed by a presentation on ‘Various reasons and detection methods of breast cancer’ by Department on Oncology at KMC Greens. Dr Poornima Baliga, Dean of Kasturba Medical College (KMC), the Guest of Honor said, “Ladies, especially from the rural parts find it very uncomfortable to visit a doctor for cases like breast or cervical cancer. They also fear that they might be diagnosed with cancer. It is important to tell these people that the cure rates are very high with advanced modalities for treatment and diagnosis. It is time we send out this message to the community that they need not worry as we doctors are here to help them. So please come at the earliest and we can save them”.
The event also saw three cancer survivors share their experiences with the people. A street play was also staged by the third semester students of KMC on cancer awareness, followed by a culinary workshop on healthy eating by Chef Thiru.“The plan to host this event came after we went to one of the schools under us where a child’s mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer at a late stage. So we realized there wasn’t much awareness amongst the people and decided to do a campaign”, said Meet Patel, Treasurer, RedX.
“It was a great initiative and also having heard experiences from the survivors themselves is a way to reassure that a ray of hope exists. The whole event was productive in imparting knowledge as well emphasizing the importance of a good heart for the better of mankind”, stated Shweta Purohit, second year student of MCODS.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat