Hyderabad: Thalassemia Sickle Cell Society (TSCS) in association with Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP), twin cities branch on Monday conducted “Walk For A Cause”- a 1k run/walk at Necklace road here.
The event was organized on the occasion of World Thalassemia Day, with the aim of spreading awareness about the hereditary blood disorder and promoting the mission to eradicate it forever.
Tollywood actors Sudhakar Komakula, Rakshit Atluri were the guests for the walk.
The event was flagged off from the “Love Hyderabad Sculpture” at 6 AM by Dr. Chandrakant Agarwal, TSCS President, and Dr. Laxman Garlapati, President, IAP.
They were joined by Dr. N. L. Sridhar, Secretary, IAP, and Dr. RSV Srikrishna, Treasurer, IAP, Dr. Suman Jain, CEO & Secretary, TSCS, Ms. Ratnavali Kothapalli, Vice President – TSCS & Mr M A Aleem Baig, Joint Secretary – TSCS and a large number of participants, including parents and friends of Thalassemia patients, eminent medical professionals, and luminaries.
Speaking about the event, Dr. Chandrakant said “The turnout for the ‘Walk For A Cause’ has been overwhelming, and we are thrilled to see the support of the people of Hyderabad for our mission to eradicate Thalassemia forever.
We hope that this event will help raise awareness about the disease and inspire people to take action to support Thalassemia patients and their families.”
Expressing his thoughts on the walk, Dr Sridhar said that “A healthy lifestyle is important for everyone. For people living with thalassemia, it is especially important to know that a healthy lifestyle means ‘managing the disorder’, as well as making healthy choices”.
Thalassemia is a treatable disorder that can be well-managed with blood transfusions and chelation therapy. A person with thalassemia will need to receive medical care on a regular basis from a haematologist (a medical specialist who treats diseases or disorders of the blood) or a doctor who specializes in treating patients with thalassemia. TSCS is providing all these services at free of cost.
The organizers expressed their gratitude to all the participants and supporters who made the event a success and pledged to continue their efforts to eradicate Thalassemia forever.