Ten women out of 40 Breast Cancer ‘patients on queue’ in Ondo State have been rescued through the crowd-funding scheme of the founder, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
Mrs Akeredolu, who is a survivor of the deadly disease and wife of the Ondo State Governor founded the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 1997 to fight the scourge through advocacy.
At a news conference in Akure, the state capital, the BRECAN chairperson in the state, Dr Toying Arimoro extolled Mrs Akeredolu for her humanitarian service to the society.
Some of the survivors, Mrs Oye Temitope,Mrs Grace Dolapo Meroyi ,Mrs Grace Lasisi and others were at the occasion where they narrated their ordeal, and how Mrs Akeredolu saved them from untimely deaths.
Dr Ayimoro recalled that the Association was inaugurated in May 2017, while they combed all nooks and crannies of the18 local government areas to preach that a “cancer is not a certificate to death”.
According to her,” we sensitised market women and even visiting religious organizations for assistance, women are more vulnerable, and they do not have resources to assess the disease.
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She noted that since there was no resources to assess the disease, the BRECAN founder initiated crowd-funding minimum of N200 per head through which 10 women were treated and become survivors.
Dr Ayimoro said “treatment for cancer is too expensive, no single family can tackle it except through collaborative effort to save women lives.
Breast Cancer Consultant at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owo, Dr Katung Abba said patient would need about N1.3m for treatment, adding that names of affected women are being compiled across the state to know the statistics.
One of the beneficiaries and survivor, Mrs Oye Temitope, 41, appreciated Mrs Akeredolu for her kindness, stressing that she got N136,000 through BRECAN for operation.
She urged well-meaning Nigerians to collaborate with the Association to save more lives, calling on women who are affected by the disease to expose themselves for treatment to guard against untimely death.