Koneru Humpy to Unveil the T-shirt for L V Prasad Eye Institute’s Whitathon Walk

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The unveiling of the T-shirt for the WHITATHON Walk organized by the Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in Vijayawada will be done by chess Grandmaster Padma Shri and Arjuna Awardee Koneru Humpy. On May 1st, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the Institute will host a T-shirt unveiling ceremony.

Whitathon is an annual cause-related event hosted by the L V Prasad Eye Institute with the goal of raising awareness and cash for the early detection and treatment of Retinoblastoma, a life-threatening and vision-threatening eye cancer in children. The LVPEI is hosting a Whitathon for the first time in Vijayawada.

White Reflex (white glow) in a child’s eye is one of the most prevalent symptoms of Retinoblastoma. LVPEI hopes that by participating in this walk, the public would be more aware that a ‘White Reflex’ in a child’s eye could be an indication of eye cancer that requires prompt medical attention. As a result, the event is known as the ‘Whitathon.’ The cash earned from the walk will be used to help the Institute give free treatment to children with retinoblastoma who come from low-income families.

The WHITATHON WALK will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2022. The walk will begin at LVPEI’s Tadigadapa campus in Vijaywada and will last 5 kilometres.

“We extend our sincere thanks to Koneru Humpy for being the Guest of Honour for the Whitathon T-shirt unveiling. We are sure with her support we will be able to make this event a great success and together ensure that – No child dies of eye cancer because of lack of awareness and treatment. We also acknowledge the support extended by Dr Pinnamaneni Siddhartha Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Foundation and the participation of the students in the walk,”

Dr Anasua Ganguly Kapoor, Head – Hima Bindu Yalamanchili Centre for Eye Cancer and the Campus Head – Kode Venkatadri Chowdary Campus, L V Prasad Eye Institute said.

Dr. Kapoor went on to say that it’s past time for comprehensive eye exams to be included in all pediatric exams. Parents and doctors should be informed of symptoms that could be misinterpreted as an infection. There is a need for parents and the general public to be more aware of this life-threatening disease.

Koneru Humpy also unveiled the ‘Healing through Art Corridor’ at the Hima Bindu Yalamanchili Centre for Eye Cancer at LVPEI Vijayawada, in addition to the Whitathon T-shirt. The goal is to encourage mental and physical recovery of retinoblastoma children through art therapy, and the corridor features an exhibition of various sorts of artwork on the theme of Retinoblastoma. The paintings on display were created by artists from all over the world who took part in LVPEI Vijayawada’s cause-related art event ‘Retinoblastoma: An Artistic Expression’ last year. From diagnosis to therapy and recovery, the artworks depict a range of emotions experienced by children with retinoblastoma and their families.

Need to raise awareness about Retinoblastoma:

  • Retinoblastoma (eye cancer) is most common in children under the age of three (90 percent )
  • India accounts for 20 to 25% of all instances of ocular cancer in children worldwide, with 50% of patients dying as a result of late detection and inadequate treatment.
  • If the tumor is found and treated early, retinoblastoma can be cured, sparing the child’s life, eye, and If the tumor is found and treated early, retinoblastoma can be cured, sparing the child’s life, eye, and vision
  • LVPEI has treated over 2000 patients with retinoblastoma eye cancer in the last decade.
  • Though 90 percent of the time the child’s life could be preserved, only 45 percent of the time the child’s eyesight could be salvaged due to the late presentation of the case.

As a result, it’s critical to improve public knowledge about the signs and symptoms of retinoblastoma in children, as well as to educate the public (particularly young parents) about the significance of getting medical help as soon as possible.

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

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