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L V Prasad Eye Institute hosts ‘Whitathon Run’ to raise awareness about Eye Cancers in Children!

 Hyderabad, 8th May 2022: Whitathon Run, initiated in 2018, is L V Prasad Eye Institute’s annual cause-related event focusing on raising awareness and funds for early diagnosis and treatment of Retinoblastoma – a Life and Vision-threatening Eye Cancer in Children. One of the most common symptoms of Retinoblastoma is White Reflex (white glow) in a child’s eye. Through this run, LVPEI aims to raise awareness among the public that if they spot a ‘White Reflex’ in a child’s eye, it could be a sign of eye cancer that needs immediate medical intervention. The funds raised through this run, helps the Institute to provide free treatment to children from underprivileged families who have retinoblastoma.


The first edition of the run was organized in 2018 with 2000+ runners, the second edition in 2019 had 2500+ runners, and the third edition (virtual run) in 2021 had 350+ runners. With the funds raised, LVPEI has been able to provide free treatment to children with retinoblastoma who come from underprivileged backgrounds. The treatment for eye cancer is very expensive and happens over a longer duration.


The Fourth Edition of the WHITATHON RUN was organized at People’s Plaza, Necklace Road, Hyderabad, today. Like every year, this year too Hyderabad Runners supported the run. There are three categories in the run – 3km (fun run), 5Km (timed run) and 10km (timed run). The run was flagged off by Sri M Rajesh ChandraIPSDeputy Commissioner of PoliceDr Gullapalli N Rao – Founder and Chair, Board of Trustees, L V Prasad Eye Institute and Dr Swathi Kaliki, Ocular Oncologist and Head - Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer at L V Prasad Eye Institute.


Speaking after flagging of the run Sri Rajesh Chandra said, Whitathon Run is for a noble cause to create awareness about eye cancers in children. Early detection of eye cancer helps save several lives of kids besides their sight and eye.


Dr Gullapalli N Rao said, we are here for a very important cause, saving the lives of children. Which is possible by raising public awareness about eye cancer in children. This helps parents to seek appropriate medical help as soon as they identify abnormality in child’s eye and that can be treated, we can save lives, and in early stage the sight and the eye too can be saved. Nearly 20 to 25% of the world burden of this problem is shared by our country, which is approximately 1500 to 2000 cases. Dr Swathi and her team at L V Prasad Eye Institute, take care of a large percentage of these cases in the country. So, we need your help to raise awareness about this. What we are addressing in India is a tip of the iceberg, several, especially in the rural areas go undetected and end up in death. We want to promote awareness to prevent needless deaths among children from eye cancer.


Dr Swathi Kaliki, Ocular Oncologist and Head - Operation Eyesight Universal Institute for Eye Cancer at L V Prasad Eye Institute says, “This is a Whitathon Run organized to highlight the white reflex in infant’s eye, which is a sign of cancer called Retinoblastoma. This cancer is seen in infants below three years of age. If the parents see a white reflex in their kid’s eye, they should visit an eye hospital, because it could be an eye cancer and early detection helps to prevent unnecessary deaths. We extend our sincere thanks to Sri M Rajesh Chandra, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, for joining us for the run.”  


We also acknowledge and extend our sincere thanks to our Diamond Sponsor: GTN Industries Ltd.; Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Ltd.; Alcon Laboratories (India) Pvt. Ltd.; our Gold Sponsors: National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) Ltd.; Gebauer Medizintechnik GMBH; Techwave Consulting Pvt. Ltd.; Optimus Drugs Pvt. Ltd.; our Silver Sponsors: Joyalukkas Foundation; Vision Rx Lab Pvt. Ltd.; Essilor India Pvt. Ltd.; Aswini Homeo & Ayurvedic Products Pvt. Ltd.; Biomedix Optotechnik & Devices Pvt Ltd.; and our Bronze Sponsor: Entod Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Neyon Lens; and Phonographic Performance Limited. We also would like to thank our other supporters: Delta Lens Pvt. Ltd; Asian Surgical Company; Acuitic Consulting Engineers; Alankar Traders; Axis Bank Ltd; and Om Tao Scientific Apparatus.”


The t-shirt for the fourth edition of Whitathon was unveiled by India’s pride – two-time Olympic medallist and world champion, Badminton Player Padma Bhushan Awardee P V Sindhu. The unveiling event also had a video message from VVS Laxman, Head Coach, National Cricket Academy, and a long-time supporter of Whitathon. 


Need to raise awareness:

·         Retinoblastoma (eye cancer) most commonly affects children below 3 years of age (90%)

·         20 to 25% of cases of eye cancer worldwide in children are from India, and 50% of cases worldwide lose their lives due to late detection and inadequate treatment

·         Retinoblastoma is curable if the tumour is detected and treated early; thus saving the life, eye, and vision of the child

·         Over the past decade, LVPEI has treated more than 2000 patients with retinoblastoma eye cancer

·         Though it was possible to save the life of the child in 90% of the cases, the eyesight of the child could be saved in only 45% of the cases, the reason being late presentation of the case

·         Hence, it is important to raise awareness about the common symptoms of retinoblastoma in children and educate the public (specially young parents) on the importance of seeking timely medical care


Need to raise funds:

·         Retinoblastoma treatment is expensive and long in duration

·        Over 60 to 65% of patient families cannot afford the expense of the treatment

·         Thanks to the funds received from such cause-related events and donations, LVPEI is able to provide free treatment to children from underprivileged families


The winners in the various categories are


10 KM Top 3 Women

1st Winner Sunima Dila, Jersey No. 1280 Time: 50:54 Seconds

2nd Winner Kitu Sheoran, Jersey No. 1212 Time: 53:56 Seconds

3rd Winner Smita Chamling, Jersey No. 1119 Time: 59:10 Seconds


5 KM Top 3 Women

1st Winner Kamala Kunala, Jersey No. 5064 Time: 29:36 Seconds

2nd Winner Meenal Agarwal, Jersey No. 5079 Time: 31:39 Seconds

3rd Winner Srijana Gupta, Jersey No. 5161 Time: 36:51 Seconds


10 KM Top 3 Men

1st Winner Vijay, Jersey No. 1298 Time: 40:06 Seconds

2nd Winner Manoj Kumar, Jersey No. 1272 Time: 42:50 Seconds

3rd Winner Devkant Tyagi, Jersey No. 1241 Time: 43:19 Seconds


5 KM Top 3 Men

1st Winner Kiran Deekonda, Jersey No. 5159 Time: 20:11 Seconds

2nd Winner Venu Reddy, Jersey No. 5067 Time: 24:06 Seconds

3rd Winner Viresh, Jersey No. 5242 Time: 24:31 Seconds


About LVPEI: Established in 1987, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, is a comprehensive eye health facility. The Institute has ten functional arms to its areas of operations: Clinical Services, Education, Research, Vision Rehabilitation, Rural and Community Eye Health, Eye Banking, Advocacy and Policy Planning, Capacity Building, Innovation and Product Development. The LVPEI Eye Care Network has 262 Centres spread across the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Karnataka in India. The institute's mission is to provide equitable and quality eye care to all sections of society. The LVPEI’s five-tier ‘Eye Health Pyramid’ model covering all sections of society right from the villages to the city, provides high quality and comprehensive - prevention, curative and rehabilitation – eye care to all. It has served over 32.11 million (3 crore 21 lakh people), with more than 50% of them entirely free of cost, irrespective of the complexity of care needed.


Sports Enhyance Mental Health- SVBC Chairman

SVBC Chairman Dr Saikrishna Yachendra said on Tuesday said that all SVBC employees should serve as members of a family and make the channel more popular.


Participating at the  inaugural event of SVBC employees annual sports which isunderway at SV University stadium lauded the employees contribution in producing unique programs for devotees in the SVBC channel.Hence sports is a tool to relieve them high stress of their programs etc.


Thereafter he also participated in the international women's day celebrations held at the SVBC office and highlighted the role of women staffs in development of the channel.


He said women should scale new heights with financial empowerment for the good of the society.


CEO of the SVBC Sri Suresh Kumar and other channel employees participated.



Annual Sports Meet Concludes

The annual sports meet of TTD concluded with series of events conducted for its employees on Tuesday.


In SV Junior College Grounds, sports including Javelin throw, running race, walkathon, ball throw etc. Were conducted to men employees of various age categories.


On the other hand Hitting the Indian Club, Ball Throw, Bucketing the Ball, Lemon on Spoon, Shot put were also conducted apart from running race and walkathon conducted to women of various age categories.


Employees participated with enthusiasm braving the hot Sun.


Later in the evening Swimming was also conducted completing the competitions.


The prizes (gift cards) will be distributed to all the winners and runners during the valedictory program to be held on February 25 at Mahati Auditorium by 6pm onwards.


Sprts Held

 The annual sports meet of TTD on Sunday witnessed

Tennikoit for both in-service and retired employees.


Both men and women employees and retired employees participated enthusiastically and showcased their sportive skills.


Shuttle and Badminton Held

The shuttle and badminton competitions were held for the employees and retired employees of TTD on Saturday.


These events were held in SV Arts College Sports Complex.


Retired employees competed on par with in service staff and exhibited their sportive spirit.



Specially Able Employees Showcase Their Skills

The specially-abled employees of TTD took part with sportive spirit in the ongoing Annual Sports Meet of TTD in Tirupati on Tuesday.


Chess was conducted separately to men and women employees.


Later Ball badminton, football, lawn tennis were also organised to men employees aged below 45 and Dodge Ball to women above 45.