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Patients undergoing dialysis complete first ever bike rally

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A bike expedition was undertaken by a group of six dialysis patients to encourage and empower people undergoing the treatment to lead "normal" lives.

Organised by Nephroplus -- a dialysis delivery network in the country, the four-day long journey kicked off on October 9 from Jalandhar, covering parts of Ludhiana, Kurukshetra, Panipat, and Sonipat on the way.

The bikers, who rode over 400kms across eight cities, were felicitated by paralympic and Arjuna awardee Rajinder Singh Rahelu in Connaught Place today.

"A lot of the people undergoing dialysis unfortunately believe that they cannot lead a normal life or cannot do things an otherwise healthy person can do.

"We are creating a guest-centric culture at NephroPlus where all the 10,000+ guests are empowered to lead a normal life owing to our emphasis on holistic care," Vikram Vuppala, founder and CEO OF NephroPlus said.

Keeping in view the medical needs of the bikers, a fully equipped ambulance capable of conducting a dialysis session en route also accompanied them on the ride.

"We are positive that seeing fellow people on dialysis taking part in this expedition will dramatically improve the confidence of kidney-disease patients across India," Sohail Bhagat, Vice President of strategy at NephroPlus said.

The expedition was flagged off as a curtain-raiser to the second edition of the world's only Dialysis Olympiad to be held in Thyagaraj Sports Complex on October 29.

The event will include a series of activities like running, cycling and basketball for the patients.

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First Published: Fri, October 13 2017. 17:02 IST