As a curtain raiser for the event, a one-of-its-kind bike expedition is being kicked off today from Jalandhar, Punjab where a number of people on dialysis will be participating in a 400 km bike relay to Delhi over four days. This expedition will halt at various towns and cities on the way.
This bike expedition and the Olympiad are in line with our overarching vision to enable those on dialysis to lead a normal life. We strongly believe that dialysis need not prevent you from living a full life. People on dialysis all over the world do things that otherwise healthy people do like work, travel, exercise and have fun. In India however, there is a huge misconception that dialysis is like a death sentence and people are confined to the bed or have to lead sedentary lives.
Events like this help tremendously to change this thinking and get the patient, the family and indeed, the public at large to understand that dialysis need not stop you from doing what you would like to do. People on dialysis can and should lead normal lives!