Group outlines cancer prevention programmes
Statistics still show that breast, cervical and childhood cancer, remain an all too common occurrence among women and children throughout Nigeria and, unfortunately, these women and children are dying because they do not have access to affordable and adequate care, information or even a shoulder to lean on.”
Those were the words of Mrs. Ononuju Irukwu, chairperson and representative of the founder, Run for a Cure Programme, at a press briefing in Ikoyi, Lagos, to mark its seventh anniversary. It had as theme “Unite against Cancer” and was hosted by Child Survival and Development Organization of Nigeria (CS-DON).
Child Survival and Development Organization of Nigeria (CS-DON) is a pet programme of Mrs. Onari Duke, wife of former Governor of Cross River to treat and manage mothers and children suffering from different forms of cancers in the country.
According to her, CS-DON’s “Run for a Cure by-line is ‘United against Cancer.’ To this end, the organisation joins other stakeholders working towards a similar goal to reduce the mortality rate in Nigeria. In commemoration of the 2015 Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, CS-DON associated and participated in the Genevieve Breast Cancer Walkathon and the WOW Diva’s Zumbathon”.
Irukwu urged the general public to participate and support the NGO to change the mortality rate to survival rate. The 7th Annual Race/Awareness event is scheduled to kick off from the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy, Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I, from 6.30am-10am on Saturday, November 7, 2015.
According to her, “This year’s 7km Walk/Run and 50km Cycle will see participants go from the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy over the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge down Bourdillon Road to the Falomo Roundabout and will culminate at Muri Okunola Park adjacent to Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos with a celebration filled with awards, refreshments and entertainment.”