Spreading Hope

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 affects 1 in 10 Indians, however the awareness about its seriousness remains low, at only 7%. Hence, it is important to detect kidney disease risk factors early on, so that adequate treatment can be provided and progression of End Stage Renal Disease can be slowed. The ‘Spreading Hope’ drive is an endeavour towards improving awareness about kidney disease and organ donation in India. DaVita is thrilled to collaborate with Lourd, who underwent dialysis with DaVita, and is a chronic kidney disease survivor. Through this drive, we hope to spread awareness about kidney disease across India through classroom-type sessions and no-cost kidney screenings. DaVita, one the largest and best recognized dialysis services provider in the USA, has set up operations in India and has 25 centres across 13 cities providing quality dialysis. We are committed to improving kidney disease awareness and diagnosis.

As part of our commitment to serving the community, we have already screened 7,000 people at no-cost 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 at multiple venues.”

Spreading Hope

Spreading Hope is a not for profit foundation, on a mission to raise nation-wide awareness on kidney awareness and the importance of organ donation by Lourd Vijay, professional dancer and Guinness World Record holder. DaVita Care India Pvt. Ltd. is the principal contributor to of the Spreading Hope Drive 2017 from Chennai to Ladakh, covering 9,000 kilometres, to spread awareness about the seriousness of kidney disease and inspire ten million people to pledge their organs and save lives. The drive included kidney disease education through classroom-type sessions, as well as no-cost kidney screenings at multiple venues.

Lourd Vijay got diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease in 2013 and underwent a transplant in 2016. He is a former dialysis patient at DaVita India. Through Spreading Hope, he aims to engage with the government, corporates, educational and health care institutions to support the cause.

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 affects 1 in 10 Indians, however the awareness about its seriousness remains low, at only 7%. Hence, it is important to detect kidney disease risk factors early on, so that adequate treatment can be provided and progression of End Stage Renal Disease can be slowed. The ‘Spreading Hope’ drive is an endeavour towards improving awareness about kidney disease and organ donation in India. DaVita is thrilled to collaborate with Lourd, who underwent dialysis with DaVita, and is a chronic kidney disease survivor. Through this drive, we hope to spread awareness about kidney disease across India through classroom-type sessions and no-cost kidney screenings. DaVita, one the largest and best recognized dialysis services provider in the USA, has set up operations in India and has 25 centres across 13 cities providing quality dialysis. We are committed to improving kidney disease awareness and diagnosis.

As part of our commitment to serving the community, we have already screened 7,000 people at no-cost 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 at multiple venues.”