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Cancer survivor all set to take new challenge

Bhawani Negi , Hindustan Times  Shimla , October 07, 2012
First Published: 11:18 IST(7/10/2012) | Last Updated: 11:20 IST(7/10/2012)

Ritu Biyani, a breast cancer survivor and Limca Book of World Record holder, takes to the new challenge by competing in India's toughest motorsport challenge, Raid De Himalayas.

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While talking to Hindustan Times here on Saturday, Biyani said, "Passion for driving and travelling for that matter anything associated with adventure has inspired me to take to one of the toughest motor challenge."

"I have driven through tough terrains across the country, including Leh and Ladakh. However, taking this new challenge, it is not winning what counts utmost to me. It is the test of my capability to sustain the challenge and complete the track under the time, speed and distance (TSD) adventure category," she said.

Emerging a winner by fighting against all odds despite being enervated by cancer herself in 2000, it's her never-say-die spirit that has got her going.

A transformation with grit and determination, she decided to dedicate her life for educating people on cancer, preventive measures and offering supportive care for those afflicted with it not as a doctor but as a layman reaching out with the caring touch.

Based in Pune as a dental surgeon she has served as a captain in the Indian Army for 10 years and has been the first lady officer paratrooper from the Army Dental Corps.

A mountaineer she has also tracked the Sichaen glacier last month to celebrate completion of her 12 years of fight against cancer.

Having many feathers in her cap, her love for travel and adventure also got her embarking on a new venture by pioneering the first drive expedition in 2006, Project "Highway Infinite" on cancer awareness. She has traversed 30,220 km in 177 days across the length and breadth of the country as an awareness crusader of various types of cancer that include breast, mouth and cervical cancer.

"Since April 2006 to date, I have personally conducted over 380 workshops, educating more than 66,000 people in 24 states and four union territories," she said.

As a "pink lady" synonymous in Australia for a breast cancer survivor, her endeavour was appreciated with a Manthan South Asia award in 2008 and also finds mention in the Limca Book of Records for her cancer expedition to sensitise the public.

Diagnosed at an early stage, she explains to public from her experiences and spreads the word of precautionary measures and dispelling myths and stigmas associated with cancer.
She says that there is so much silence about cancer in our country. She adds 70% of cancer patients in India are diagnosed at an advanced stage owing to lack of awareness about the disease.

"As cancer treatment is quite expensive almost beyond the reach of a common man. Sensitisation should be for prevention and early detection of cancer," she said.

Cancer survivor all set to take new challenge
Bhawani Negi
n letterschd@hindustantimes.com
SHIMLA: Ritu Biyani, a breast cancer survivor and Limca Book of World Record holder, takes to the new challenge by competing in India's toughest motorsport challenge, Raid De Himalayas.

While talking to Hindustan Times here on Saturday, Biyani said, "Passion for driving and travelling for that matter anything associated with adventure has inspired me to take to one of the toughest motor challenge."

"I have driven through tough terrains across the country, including Leh and Ladakh. However, taking this new challenge, it is not winning what counts utmost to me. It is the test of my capability to sustain the challenge and complete the track under the time, speed and distance (TSD) adventure category," she said.

Emerging a winner by fighting against all odds despite being enervated by cancer herself in 2000, it's her never-say-die spirit that has got her going.

A transformation with grit and determination, she decided to dedicate her life for educating people on cancer, preventive measures and offering supportive care for those afflicted with it not as a doctor but as a layman reaching out with the caring touch.

Based in Pune as a dental surgeon she has served as a captain in the Indian Army for 10 years and has been the first lady officer paratrooper from the Army Dental Corps.

A mountaineer she has also tracked the Sichaen glacier last month to celebrate completion of her 12 years of fight against cancer.

Having many feathers in her cap, her love for travel and adventure also got her embarking on a new venture by pioneering the first drive expedition in 2006, Project "Highway Infinite" on cancer awareness. She has traversed 30,220 km in 177 days across the length and breadth of the country as an awareness crusader of various types of cancer that include breast, mouth and cervical cancer.

"Since April 2006 to date, I have personally conducted over 380 workshops, educating more than 66,000 people in 24 states and four union territories," she said.

As a "pink lady" synonymous in Australia for a breast cancer survivor, her endeavour was appreciated with a Manthan South Asia award in 2008 and also finds mention in the Limca Book of Records for her cancer expedition to sensitise the public.

Diagnosed at an early stage, she explains to public from her experiences and spreads the word of precautionary measures and dispelling myths and stigmas associated with cancer.
She says that there is so much silence about cancer in our country. She adds 70% of cancer patients in India are diagnosed at an advanced stage owing to lack of awareness about the disease.

"As cancer treatment is quite expensive almost beyond the reach of a common man. Sensitisation should be for prevention and early detection of cancer," she said.

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