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Cancer Support Network organizes survivors’ walk, donates GH₵16k to aid patients.

Written by on June 10, 2024

The Cancer Support Network Foundation (CSNF) hosted its inaugural Cancer Survivors Walk on Saturday, marking the commencement of the NGO’s Cancer Survivors Month celebrations in Ghana.

The walk, which commenced at Accra Girls Senior High School (SHS) and traversed through the city’s main streets, saw the participation of hundreds of individuals, including cancer advocates, healthcare professionals, media personnel, members of the Breast Society of Ghana (BSoG), and the Maudlokko Foundation.

Participants proudly displayed placards bearing messages such as “celebrating cancer survivors,” “cancer is not a death sentence,” “every life matters, let’s fight cancer together in Ghana,” “I survived cancer,” “celebrating hope and resilience,” and “early detection saves lives.”

During the walk, they raised awareness about cancer survivorship and the importance of early detection.”

Following the walk, Akwasi Osei, President of the CSNF, emphasized in an interview with journalists the crucial role of survivors in dispelling misconceptions about cancer by sharing their stories.

He underscored the urgency of addressing the stigma surrounding the disease, noting its potential to hinder effective treatment.

“Mr. Osei emphasized, ‘Witnessing survivors share their journeys helps reshape perceptions and instill hope in those still battling cancer.’

He also cautioned against the use of unapproved treatments and called for increased support for cancer patients, particularly those facing financial constraints.

Furthermore, he extended gratitude to Dr. Juliet Appiah Quansah, the founder of CSNF, for her unwavering dedication to assisting economically disadvantaged cancer patients and educating the public on preventive measures.”

Ramatu Sumani, organizer of CSNF and a cancer survivor, expressed heartfelt gratitude to all participants, emphasizing the significance of their collective effort.

She stated, “This walk exemplifies that victory over cancer is achievable, and our stories serve as a beacon of hope for many.”

Sumani highlighted that the Cancer Survivors Walk was just one among several events planned for June’s Cancer Survivors Month celebration. She mentioned activities such as educational talks at selected SHS, free cancer screening exercises, and a Cancer Survivors Gala scheduled for June 29 at the Airport View Hotel in Accra.

She added, “Through these initiatives, CSNF aims to cultivate a well-informed and supportive community, thus fortifying the fight against cancer in Ghana.”

Following the walk, a total of GH₵16,100 was donated to support the treatment of some cancer patients.

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