Barog Camp 2005

IAMD organized its annual summer camp at the Scenic Hotel Pinewood, Barog, about 6 KM from Solan (HP). The said camp was held between the 8th and 10th of July 2005 and was attended by 65 Muscular Dystrophy (MD) patients and 113 MD families (including relatives, friends and other near and dear ones).

Presence of a number of resource persons was a distinctive feature at this camp and it helped a lot as these resource persons helped instill a feeling optimism in the minds of MDs and their families regarding developments taking place on the research side and the promise these research works hold for a better tomorrow. Among the resource persons who attended this camp included Dr. I.C.Verma (Head of Genetic Medicine Department, Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi), Dr. Sumit Singh (Engaged in research work on Stem Cells at AIIMS, New Delhi), Dr. CP Dass (Deptt of Neurology, PGI, Chandigarh), Dr. Randhotra (Skin Specialist, PGI, Chandigarh), Dr. R.K. Kaushal (Deptt. of Pediatrics, IGMC, Shimla), Mr. J.K. Dev (Orthotic Engineer, C.R.C. Sundernagar, H.P.) and Mr. Vishwajeet Kumar (Physiotherapist, C.R.C. Sundernagar, H.P.). Each of these resource persons gave relevant information pertaining to their respective fields. To this end information provided by Dr. Sumit Singh, who is engaged in stem cell research at AIIMS deserves a special mention, as his research work and other such efforts being undertaken worldwide hold out tremendous hope among people suffering from Muscular Dystrophy and other kinds of genetic disorders.

A number of outdoor as well as indoor activities were undertaken during the course of this camp, which included sporting events, cultural programs and counseling sessions to mention a few. Group dancing of Muscular Dystrophy patients on wheel chairs along with others present on this occasion was a distinct feature undertaken during this camp, and was liked and appreciated and one and all. It also helped infuse a sense of enthusiasm and vigor amongst the MDs attending this camp, and the joy on their faces was all evident.

Shri. Rajesh Kumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Solan and Shri. Gayaneshwar, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Solan also attended this camp as special invitees and were very appreciative of the good work being carried out IAMD in organizing such camps each year and thus providing a sense of purpose to those afflicted by Muscular Dystrophy as well as providing other kinds of assistance and acting as a source of inspiration for them.



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