Cancer Awareness Walk and Screening at Queen of Apostles Thika Road on 19th November 2016

Cancer Awareness Walk & Screening at Queen of Apostles Thika Road

Cancer Awareness Centre of Kenya (CACK) have organized a Cancer Awareness and Screening event at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church Opposite Safaripark Hotel on Saturday 19th November 2016 from 7.00am. The event will involve;

1) A 5km Cancer Awareness Walk along the Superhighway
2) Free Screening for reproductive Cancers (Cervical, Prostate and Breast).
3) Cancer education and nutritional talks.
4) Cancer survivors counseling and support.
5) Vitals Checkups (Blood pressure, BMI)
6) Other diseases checkup and diagnosis

There are a number of possible ways that you can show support for this event; by providing us with financial, material, personnel or volunteer support of your time or expertise, or provide facilities for screening and testing. Please contact Margaret on +254 700 299 380, Boniface on +254 719 227 960 or Email:

You can support our cancer events through Safaricom Lipa Na Mpesa till 302529


Kenya’s Biggest Coffee Morning Breakfast 2016

Kenya’s Biggest Coffee Morning

What is Kenya’s Biggest Coffee Morning?
2015_poster_DhirwAV.width-800If you’ve heard about Kenya’s Biggest Coffee Morning – and want to find out more – you are at the right place.   

Put simply, every October, lots of people decide to do something special by hosting a Kenya’s Biggest Coffee Morning (KBCM) at home, work or school.  It’s our biggest fundraising and awareness event of the year.

Every drop of coffee drunk, and delicious nibble of cake consumed will give hope and support to children and adults living with cancer – no-one should have to face cancer alone. All our services are provided free of charge.

How does it work? What shall I do?

At the very heart of the event is our hosts. Wonderful people who put their hands up, and decide to run a KBCM on behalf of Faraja Cancer Support. Collectively they make an enormous impact.

In 2015 over 3,000 people either hosted or attended a KBCM raising Kshs 4 million. Many had an expert cancer speaker present. The goal for 2016 is to raise Kshs 6 million together we can make it happen.

To sign up today. Call Cindy on 0727529 287 or email

Some reasons why people host a KBCM or come along to one:  

  • It’s an easy event to do – both in Kenya and overseas.
  • A great way to involve and teach children the importance of philanthropy..
  • Works well as a company networking event which give staff the opportunity to learn from expert cancer speakers.
  • To remember a loved one who has had personal experience with cancer.
  • To engage customers in a different way.
  • To support Faraja and make a difference to those living with cancer in Kenya.

How will it help?

  • Ksh 9,600 – 8 powerful pain killers for patients when it is most needed
  • Ksh 52,800 – 3 CT scans so doctors can plan the best treatment path
  • Ksh 180K – 6 life-saving chemo cycles
  • Ksh 300K – Faraja’s monthly breast cancer support group meetings for a year.


When does Kenya’s Biggest Coffee Morning (KBCM) happen?

Any day in the month of October.  You pick a date and time in the month that works best for you and the people you would like to invite.

What is a KBCM’s Host?

Wonderful people, at the heart of the event, whom make KBCM happen. A host(s) typically sets the date, works out who to invite and decides upon a theme. They then promote and host KBCM.  Most enjoy it so much they do it again the following year.

Where do KBCM’s take place?

In the past KBCM’s have taken place in school grounds, at home, bridge clubs, hairdressers salons, spas, hotels, company offices, art galleries, country clubs, banks and farms.

I live overseas can I host a KBCM?

Yes!  Last year we had KBCM held in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, UK and Sri Lanka. We can email you the support kit and look forward to seeing some photos of your event.

How much does the event raise?

In October 2015 there were 44 hosts, 3000 people attended raising Kshs 4million.  In 2016 we hope to raise Kshs 6 million, and the goal for 2016 is 100 hosts to help us do it.

What support is given to a KBCM Host?

Lots! The fundraising team is by your side every step of the way.  At the beginning we will meet/call to chat through ideas that could work. You will also be sent at KBCM support kit which includes many ideas and items such as invites (e-invites and digital), posters to promote the event, posters to put up at the event,  collection tins and clear examples of where the monies go. The Faraja team, expert cancer speakers and cancer survivors often attend the events to.

What do the expert cancer speakers talk about?

These can be tailored, but as 70% of cancer is diagnosed at a late stage in Kenya, when difficult to treat, we find a talk focussed on ‘prevention and early cancer symptoms’ is very beneficial.  Healthy living topic is a popular request and the feedback we receive when a cancer survivor speaks is very positive.

What other support can be given?

Often companies will make a corporate donation as they  truly benefit the health and well-being of their staff.

How much should I expect my KBCM to raise?

We encourage hosts to be ambitious with their goals. So many people have been touched by cancer you will find people are normally very supportive and generous.  Last year the average KBCM raised Kshs 147K, but they ranged from Kshs 38K to Kshs 1 million. Every single shilling was put to good use.

Where does the money go?

To one of Faraja’s core services that bring hope and life-saving support to those living with cancer in Kenya today. This include running monthly support groups, free complementary therapies, movement classes like yoga, counselling and providing medical assistance grants.

For further info:


Cindy Ogana

Fundraising Manager

Faraja Cancer Support Trust


Tel: +254 725 277 609/ 739 600 503


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Globeathon 2016 is here!

Women 4 Cancer Early Detection and Treatment is an NGO formed in 2012 to raise public
awareness of the benefits of early testing, and facilitate early detection and treatment, to
reduce the prevalence of cancer.

Our Vision is a Kenya where every woman can access cervical cancer screening
and treatment.

Key Milestones

  • Awareness talks reaching over 15,000 people in different parts of the country
  • Held screening Medical Camps in various counties with overwhelming attendance
  • Screened 2500+ Women with free pap smear tests
  • Treatment through non-surgical intervention for over 120 Women
  • Facilitated full surgical cervical cancer treatment for 6 women in need. 15 others require urgent assistance.
  • Involved in the Ministry of Health HPV screening Pilot Initiative in Kitui
  •  Media for Awareness Campaigns through TV, Print, Online & Radio
  • Trained 73 Cancer Advocates
  • Mandated to champion the Kenya Chapter of the Globeathon Walk since 2013
  • Completed our 5 Year Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018

Key Facts about Cervical Cancer [WHO 2012]

  1. Cervical cancer is caused by infection with Human papilloma virus (HPV)
  2. Cervical cancer screening is the testing for pre-cancer and cancer of women at risk,
    most of whom will be without symptoms.
  3. Screening is recommended for every woman at least once in a life time at a minimum
  4. Early detection and treatment of precancerous lesions can prevent the majority of
    cervical cancers.
  5. Survival rates for cervical cancer are further improved by establishing effective cancer
    treatment and patient follow up programmes.

Partner With us.Globeathon W4C Walk - 2016
We rely on well-wishers to support our work through:
– Cancer Awareness Talks – In-Kind Donations of Medical Equipment / Expertise
– Cash Donations – Fundraising Events and Medical Camps

With your continued support, we are targeting to facilitate and ensure that Cervical Cancer early detection and treatment is accessible to at least 1 million women in 10 years.

We are inviting you for the 4th Annual Globeathon Walk to be held on 2nd October 2016 at Karura Forest.
Contact us.

Women 4 Cancer Early Detection & Treatment 

Biblica Center, Dennis Pritt Rd

Phone: +254 (20) 261 8996 | Mobile: +254 717 117 446

P.O. Box 13263 – 00100, Nairobi – Kenya

Email: |Website:

Twitter: @women4Cancer | Facebook: Women4Cancer| Instagram: Women4Cancer




Date: 21st and 22nd May 2016                    Venue: Savage Wilderness Camp, Sagana, Nyeri

image003Faraja Cancer Support Trust, a registered charitable trust based in Nairobi will be hosting its annual White Water Rafting Challenge on May 21st and 22nd 2016 at Savage Wilderness Camp in Sagana, Nyeri. Faraja’s White Water Rafting Challenge started with earnest in 2014 and has grown to be one of the most exciting sporting events (see reports here). In 2015 the rafters raised Ksh 3.7million and this year we need your help to raise Kshs 5million for cancer patients in Kenya.

The White Water Rafting challenge offers a weekend of fun, team building and networking all for a good cause, helping children and adults with cancer. Sadly the cancer scene in Kenya is still dire with cancer declared the third highest killer ofafter infectious and cardiovascular diseases. There is a lot that needs to be done and Faraja (Swahili for comfort) is here to be a safe haven to cancer patients and their caregivers. Funds raised from the White Water Rafting weekend go a long way in ensuring cancer patients get much needed support through: our free support groups (breast, cervical&ovarian and prostate), free complementary therapies, Crafts for Cure program at Kenyatta National Hospital’s  Children’s ward and our medical program. We are also doing screening in 6 counties this year as our way of creating awareness and helping to detect cancer early.

Registration for a team of 5 is Kshs 120,000 .Registration fee includes rafting, transport for team members (to and from Sagana), lunch and a t-shirt. Spectators are also welcome to join in the fun at Kshs 1,500 for transport only and Kshs 2,500 for transport and lunch.

White Water Rafting challenge is also a fundraising event. Teams that manage to raise over and above the registration fee stand a chance of winning lunch/dinner or a weekend away.

This year, Simba Corp Ltd has supported Faraja Cancer Support Trust as a gold sponsor and RSM Ashvir as a silver sponsor. This will significantly increase the impact of the event as well as ensure more funds will be raised to help cancer patients and their carers.

For more information kindly contact:
Cindy Ogana- Fundraising Manager- 0727 529 287 Email:
Sharon Lwane-PR Liaison- 0702 479 545 Email:


Trauma Informed Mind Body Program (TIMBo)

The Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) program addresses the issue of chronic stress and trauma by targeting the foundational root causes of stress and traumatic stress in the body. Chronic stress and traumatic stress are worldwide epidemics leading to many psychological, behavioral, social and medical problems. The TIMBo program is an accessible and effective intervention for improved mental, emotional, social and physical health that can be refined to serve many different communities that face these issues.

By the time we are adults, most of us have experienced chronic stress or traumatic life events. Sometimes our emotions get stuck on “high” and are easily triggered. Or we may try to shut off some of our emotions altogether. Stress and trauma can build up in our bodies, causing emotions to get lodged there and blocking us from our own inner experiences. We may have symptoms such as anxiety, depression, or other stress responses, all of which can limit us or reduce our ability to make good choices about our health, habits, relationships, and behaviors.

The TIMBo program explores how and where emotions manifest in the body, and combines simple yoga-like movements, relaxation breathing, and guided meditation to help balance the nervous system and integrate new insights.

Faraja will be hosting a TIMBo seminar on Thursday 17th March from 10am to 11am at the wellness center. The seminar will be conducted by trained therapist Elizabeth Whelan.

We have limited slots available, book your space today by either replying to this email or calling 0727529287.

Also note there is no parking available at Cancer care and participants are requested to park at MP Shah Hospital.


cancerfree1Africa Cancer Foundation would like to invite you this weekend to the #cruiseforcancer event that will be taking place on Saturday, November 14th from 9-11 am at the Good Shepherd Church along Ngong Road.

This is a team up campaign organized by The Tin Roof Foundation, K-Krew Trust Colour my World, Africa Cancer Foundation and Joe Aketch Foundation; among others, to raise funds for Mikkel and Merlyn and by extension the children with Cancer in the Kenyatta National Hospital.


Team Up is the campaign for Team M2 (Team Mikkel and Merlyn) sponsored by Tin Roof FoundationK-Krew Trust and Africa Cancer Foundation to raise the necessary funds for the cancer treatment and aftercare of 2 ½ year old Mikkel and 15 year old Merlyn.  To join this activity, we are asking you to build a Team from your family, co-workers, sports team, motorcycle club, church group, university or any other group of people, to Team Up for Mikkel and Merlyn and to be a part of their story of beating cancer.


Mikkel is a 2 1/2 year old little boy from the Ongata Rongai area of Nairobi.  He was diagnosed with Hepatoblastoma at four months old but due to lack of adequate treatment his condition has progressed to Neuroblastoma.  Due to the generosity of the friends of Tin Roof Foundation, Mikkel is currently a patient at the Max Super Speciality Hospital in India, but funds have run out and his treatment has stopped.  If he does not receive the treatments the doctors have said his chances of survival are very low.


Merlyn is a 15 year old girl from Nairobi who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Lymphoma.  Due to proper treatment not being available in Kenya, her parents arranged for her treatment in India.  Merlyn spent December 2014 – July 2015 receiving aggressive treatment in India.  After her return to Kenya the cancer has returned. Her parents used all their finances to fund her December – July treatment and have nothing left for the next round of treatment that is desperately needed.  The doctors have stated that she needs to return to India by the end of November 2015 in order to halt the cancer from spreading.

During the event you may bring your donations in the form of cash, Stationery or toiletries for the children.

More information may be found at

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Eating your way to disease and early death

There is an adage in the cancer community that any public lecture on cancer must have a generous serving of food, politics, and science.

Cancer survivors in any public forum always demand to be told which foods gave them cancer while the public wants to know which foods cause cancer.

Though we cannot pinpoint one single food item and say it is responsible for all cancers, there is unequivocal evidence that unhealthy foods and drinks are among the key lifestyle drivers of the rising cases of non-communicable diseases.

Policies and practices that promote healthy eating from infancy to adulthood should, therefore, be prioritised, although legislation on the advertisement, distribution, and sale of some of the unhealthy food products is largely lacking due to political lethargy and vested interests.

The growing Kenyan middle class has adopted peculiar eating habits that exclude vegetables, yet there is clear evidence that diets high in fruits and vegetables — as well as whole grains and beans — decrease the risk for some cancers, notably those of the bowel.

The meat-based diets favoured by the moneyed lot, especially nyama choma and processed meats such as hot dogs and sausages, are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, according to the just-released World Health Organization expert panel report.

These foods should be consumed in moderate amounts and certainly not in the quantities that Kenyans consume every weekend.


The copious amount of alcohol, which our nyama choma weekend binge eaters use to wash down their indulgences, is a known risk factor for several cancers.

Shisha and related tobacco products, all loaded with potent carcinogens, usually complete the party that leads to disease, disability, and death.

The young are not left behind in this unhealthy eating frenzy.

They indulge in carbonated drinks full of refined sugar.

The soft drinks industry has always pushed a subtle message that it is not diet but lack of exercise that is to blame for obesity and unhealthy lifestyles.

Children and youth in the emerging markets of the developing countries are a particularly vulnerable target of aggressive and relentless marketing by multinational food and fizzy drinks companies.

The mother of all public health advocacy coups would be legislation requiring all soda cans and bottles to have warning labels that sugar causes obesity, among other health problems.


Perhaps sausages and other processed meats should also carry some disclosure of the cancer risks.

This would definitely invite drawn-out court battles, injunctions, and counter-injunctions.

The way to promote healthy choices is to package science-based public health messaging on established lifestyle risk factors — such as obesity, inactivity, tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diets — in a way that is attractive to the youth.

Goal number three of the recently adopted Sustainable Developments Goals seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being for all at all ages.

There is no shortcut to achieving this particular goal: physical activity and a deliberate effort to change our eating habits will be a good start.

Source: Daily Nation Article by; David Makumi