“LET US RUN SO THEY CAN WALK”
Dream Runners Half Marathon is happy to be associated with FREEDOM TRUST (Foundation for the Rehabilitation, Education and Empowerment of the Disabled of Madras) which is striving to make a difference in the lives of the disabled. Since its inception in 1997, the Trust has helped more than 14,500 physically disabled persons with mobility aids like Prostheses. DRHM has been contributing to Freedom Trust from the proceeds of the race to provide prosthetic legs to the amputees.For more information on Freedom Trust, please visit www.freedomtrustchennai.org. We want you too to make a difference by helping the society. Let’s run together and take a step to make others step ahead!Note from Dr. S. SUNDER, Founder of Freedom Trust
Dr. S. Sunder, is one of the few practitioners of the rare specialty of Physical medicine and rehabilitation in India today. His experience in the field of rehabilitation spans nearly two decades. He has founded a successful outpatient service for pain and paralysis relief called PREM CENTER, which is one of the biggest of its kind in Chennai. He has also been responsible for establishing and running two inpatient rehabilitation centers in Chennai. He has been consultant to several NGO’s in the area of disability for children.
Among all the physically disabled people who attend our camps we have observed that lower limb amputees are the ones who benefit the most out of the appliances given to them. Prosthetic [artificial limb] fitting is a specialized and skilled process carried out by trained professionals and the limbs are customized to the patients. Amputations are done to save lives especially after trauma, but today diabetes, malignancies are also on the rise, resulting in a huge number of amputees waiting for limbs, thousands in Tamil Nadu alone. A system which removes the limb must also replace it artificially, and it is unfortunate that so many people are unable to walk simply because they do not have access to limb fitting technology. It is very gratifying to see the amputees walking after a limb fitting camp and some of them are able to ride a cycle or tractor as well.It is our dream at FREEDOM TRUST to conduct special camps only for limb fitting at various towns and villages all over India, and enable the amputees to walk with their newly fitted limbs.
We believe that Rehabilitation is not “welfare” – sets the person with disability free, by giving him a chance to earn a livelihood. FREEDOM TRUST very strongly believes in sustainable models to help physically challenged people. This is so important as we do not need to think that what we do is Charity or welfare but make them self reliant and live a life of self respect. We believe no human being likes to live as a beneficiary of charity rendering him a burden to the society that he lives in.
Dr. S. Sunder M.D.
Consultant Physiatrist and Medical Director,
PREM Center, Flat 9, Block D1, Anand Apartment, 50, Lattice bridge road, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai 600041. India Cell: 09940022234
Phone: 044 43313333
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