Lourd Vijay, professional dancer and Guinness World Record holder, is all set to drive his social responsibility initiative called “Spreading Hope”, a not for profit foundation, on a mission to raise nation-wide awareness on kidney awareness and the importance of organ donation. Lourd Vijay got diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease in 2013 and underwent a transplant in 2016. Through Spreading Hope, he aims to drive from Chennai to Ladakh, covering 9,000 kms, to spread awareness about the seriousness of kidney disease and inspire ten million people to pledge their organs and save lives. The purpose is to engage with the government, corporates, educational and health care institutions to support the cause.
Spreading Hope has collaborated with experts from different fields who are helping accomplish this mission. DaVita, a Fortune 200® dialysis provider, is the principal contributor to the cause. The aim of the drive is to spread awareness on kidney disease through classroom-type sessions, conduct no-cost kidney screenings and raise awareness on organ donation.
Lourd Vijay, founder of Spreading Hope, said, “Battling the illness for more than three years and going through an organ transplant was a traumatic experience for me both personally and professionally. This Chronic Kidney Disease has changed the way I look at life. It has given me a new purpose and that’s how I started the mission ‘Spreading Hope’. This mission is a mammoth task of raising awareness on kidney disease and organ donation. The first activity of this mission is to drive from Chennai to Ladakh, spreading the cause. Awareness of kidney disease risks in India is very low and people are very resistant to the concept of organ donation. My mission is to help interested people convince their families and willingly register as donors”.
Mr. Aditya Singh, Managing Director, DaVita Care (India) Pvt. Ltd., said, “Kidney disease is a silent killer, and awareness about it remains significantly low in India. It is important to detect the risk of kidney disease early on, so that progression of End Stage Renal Disease can be slowed. Through our association with the “Spreading Hope” drive, we hope to help increase awareness of the same.”
Dr. Suresh Shankar, Chief Medical Officer, DaVita Care (India) Pvt. Ltd., said, “1 in 10 Indians may be at risk for acquiring Kidney disease in their life time and awareness remains very low, at only 7%. Lourd Vijay, a survivor of chronic kidney disease, is an epitome of vigour and endurance. The “Spreading Hope” drive has the twin objectives of raising awareness about Kidney health and promoting organ donation nationwide. This initiative is a beacon of hope for patients with Kidney disease and their families. DaVita is excited to collaborate with this noble cause and raise awareness of kidney health in people’s lives.
As part of our commitment to serving the community, we have already screened 7,000 people at no-cost across 10 cities since 2016. In the spirit of continuing the same, and helping people discover the risk of kidney disease early on, we will be conducting no-cost kidney screenings and consultation from 10 am to 5 pm from 15th August till 14th September, 2017 in our clinic at VS Hospital.”
Rehan A. Khan, President, DaVita Kidney Care, Asia Pacific, China and India, said, “End Stage Renal Disease is a significant burden in Asia. Close to 3 million people suffer from the disease in Asia, but only about 30% people get treated, mainly due to lack of awareness and affordability.
DaVita Asia Pacific, as part of its commitment to ‘giving life’ serves 4,000 End Stage Renal Disease patients across India, China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore. We are delighted to collaborate with the ‘Spreading Hope’ drive in India for raising awareness on kidney disease.”
To register to be an organ donor, or to learn more about Spreading Hope and to participate as a volunteer for the campaign, please visit www.spreadinghope.in