In July 2011, the first walk took place starting from Southern Dondra Head and ending at Northern Point Pedro over the course of 28 days. The goal was to raise USD 1 million to build a cancer treatment unit as part of an extension of the Tellippalai Hospital in Jaffna. With the support of over 30,000 walkers and more than 250,000 donors, USD 2.6 million was raised and an entirely separate cancer hospital was built – the Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital.
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The Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital
The Tellippalai Trail Cancer Hospital opened its doors in 2014 and has since treated over 4,500 patients across the Northern, North Central and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka. The 120 bed state-of-the-art cancer facility comprises of dedicated men’s, women’s, and pediatric wards and houses 2 consultants, 10 medical officers, and 40 nurses. The facility also includes an outpatient department, pharmacy, emergency treatment area, chemotherapy unit, iodine treatment unit, ultrasound scanner, mobile x-ray unit, auditorium and teaching centre, as well as counselling services. A radiotherapy and brachytherapy centre are also in the making and will be functional in a few short months.