Campaign to support children with cancer

Cankids Kidscan, the National Society for Childhood Cancer, is hosting a month-long cyclothon to raise awareness and funds for treatment.

#CycleForGold will be held, recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The cyclothon will be held from Sept. 10 to Oct. 8 and is an awareness and fundraising event, said Lata Mani, the organization’s regional head in the south.

During the pandemic, many children had to stop treatment. “We’re seeing more relapses and children coming in at more advanced stages of the disease. Many families who have lost their livelihoods are in dire need of support for treatment, which required such an event,” she said.

The goal of the cyclothon is to cycle 80,000 km (one km annually for each case of childhood cancer discovered in India). More than 21,000 km have been covered so far, she added.

Several companies have committed their CSR and cycling clubs have joined the program. At least 60 survivors of parental and childhood cancer have joined and formed nine teams to raise money. There are no geographic or time zone barriers and people can set up teams from different locations.

Poonam Bagai, chairman, said: “The aim is to raise ₹1.25 crore through this campaign.”

In India, an estimated 5% of all cancers occur in children, compared to less than 1% in high-income countries. Worldwide, four lakh new cancers occur each year in children under 19 years of age.

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