Swim for a cause: Spina Bifida foundation to organise event to raise awareness on birth defects

50 physically challenged spina bifida patients, doctors and patient families will come together to encourage sports – especially swimming in their regular daily schedules

Swim for a cause: Spina Bifida foundation to organise event to raise awareness on birth defects
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The Spina Bifida foundation of India and Meyer Organics are organising ‘Swim for a cause’ campaign in Mumbai on Sunday. 50 physically challenged spina bifida patients, doctors and patient families will come together to encourage sports – especially swimming in their regular daily schedules.

As a part of Corporate Social Responsibility, Meyer Organics has undertaken an initiative to organise ‘Swim for a cause’ campaign in collaboration with Spina Bifida Foundation to spread awareness about the birth defects, mainly Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) in India.

As a nutraceutical company, we believe that it’s our social responsibility to make healthcare simpler. ‘Swim for a cause’ is a noble initiative to encourage the Spina Bifida patients and their families to fight against the disease and shed all the inhibitions, live life to the fullest and chase their dreams like normal human beings. There will be around 50 Spina bifida patients participating in the event. Doctors and their children will also participate in the event on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Bharat Ratna, Rajiv Gandhi District Sports Complex, Dharavi, Sion, Mumbai to encourage spina bifida patients.

Dr Santosh Karmarkar, leading Consultant Pediatric Surgeon & Pediatric Urologist, Lilavati hospital shares, “The Spina Bifida Foundation along with Meyer- Vitabiotics has launched a nationwide campaign ‘Go Folic’ – aimed at creating awareness about this preventable condition and for helping in the rehabilitation of patients with spina bifida.

Swim for a cause: Spina Bifida foundation to organise event to raise awareness on birth defects

‘Swim for a cause’ also emphasizes the need for the physically challenged spina bifida patients to incorporate sports –especially swimming- in their regular daily schedules and also make it an integral part of their rehabilitation. Dr Santosh Karmarkar has performed more than 800 surgeries on spina bifida patients.

Rohit Shelatkar, (Vitabiotics Director and VP-U.K.) has been actively participating in the social causes to create a positive difference in the life of Spina Bifida patients through “Go Folic” events by conducting CMEs and seminars all over India.

The Spina Bifida Foundation of India is a non-profit organization that was found in 1997 by a group of doctors and parents of spina bifida patients, along with some well-wishers, for the betterment of the lives of the patients and prevention of spina bifida.

Guinness world record holder and spina bifida patient Robert M Hensel once said, “There may be troubled waters along the many paths of my life shall take, but only I as a man, may keep my vessel afloat, and guide myself straight.”

Meyer organics is one of the India’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers, found in 1982, and is a part of world’s no. 1 and fastest growing nutraceutical company Vitabiotics Ltd U.K. Meyer has been manufacturing innovative healthcare products for nearly the last three decades, and is committed to excel in human healthcare and research.