Tribune News Service
Rohtak, November 18
The descendant of 15th generation of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak Dev, is on a mission to make the public aware of cancer.
The 64-year-old, Vicky Bedi, is collecting funds for the cancer patients, and is motivating people to cycle daily in order to keep themselves healthy.
Bedi has set a target of 2,800 km of cycling, and plans to cover the distance by doing 200 km daily under this mission.
Bedi reached Rohtak on Tuesday evening by riding from Delhi. He will head towards Rajasthan on Wednesday.
“Cancer is curable if it’s detected and diagnosed early, hence there is no need for concealing the disease. The cancer patients should immediately contact the doctors as the treatment of cancer is encouraging nowadays. My mission aims at educating people about cancer, and motivating them to get treatment at the earliest,” said Bedi.
He added, that collecting funds for the cancer patients was another motive of his mission. So far, Rs 1 crore has been collected, and has been donated to a Cancer Foundation—which would be spent in organising a free Mega Cancer Check-up Camp in Barmer and Jodhpur.
“Health check-up of 2,000 tribal women would be done in these camps through cancer specialists from Delhi. I will cover most of the area of Rajasthan on the cycle, and will also pay a floral tribute to martyrs at various memorials,” stated Bedi, adding, that he would also encourage the people to cycle on a daily basis.
He informed, that the idea of cycling came to his mind after meeting a cancer-stricken woman 11 months ago, and instead of getting her treatment done, her husband had left her on the mercy of god due to financial crisis.
“Thereafter, I pledged to take out a cycle yatra to make the public aware of cancer, and collect funds to help the cancer patients,” concluded Bedi.