Around 1,000 residents participated in a walkathon organised by NGO Can Fight Cancer and several other organisations on Sunday. The second annual cancer awareness walkathon was flagged off by Brigadier Jagdeep Dahiya, officiating commander of Dholewal Army unit, and local member of Parliament Ravneet Singh Bittu.
Cancer survivors, their kin, NGO members, students from several schools participated enthusiastically in the event that started from Rakh Bagh in front of Guru Nanak Stadium, reached Fountain Chowk, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Durga Mata Mandir Chowk and concluded at Rakh Bagh after covering a distance of 2.5 km.
Later, doctors and experts made participants aware about cancer. They said early diagnosis could increase survival in several cases. Therefore, people should go for regular check-ups.
A souvenir comprising stories of cancer survivors and their families was released on the occasion.
Jagjit Sood, general secretary, NGO Can Fight Cancer, shared that his wife passed away due to cancer three years ago, adding that ignoring the disease could prove fatal.
MP Bittu appreciated the efforts of the NGOs and others involved in the awareness. Members of Ludhiana Peddlers Association, NGOs Sambhav and Aashirwaad, and students of Kundan Vidya Mandir, Sat Paul Mittal, Sant Ishwar Singh Model School, Rara Sahib and Adarsh Public School for Special Children participated in the event where mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria was also present.