24 hour Relay for Cancer in Kenya

Reposted from eHospice.com.  Article by Aquinas Nyakundi.

Relay for Life event seeks to create cancer awareness and raise funds to treat cancer patients.

Kenya Cancer Association is partnering with Kenya Cancer Foundation in America to launch an inaugural event in Kenya dubbed Relay for Life an American Cancer Society franchised Cancer extravaganza geared to awareness, fun and advocacy.

The event will be held at Nyayo National Stadium on 14th and 15th June beginning with a lap of honor around the track by survivors to acknowledge their tough journey through cancer and celebrate their victory.

This is a 24hr non-stop fundraiser event where fundraising teams of 10 – 15 people commit to keep a team member on the track for 24hrs. Each team has a team lead and is required to raise a minimum of KES 20,000. Organizations may also fund teams directly and /or sponsor specific aspects of the relay.

The lap of honor will be followed by teams who will have their participants in turn, ensuring a member of the team is on the track at any one given time.

During this time, other members of the public will undergo screening and lots of entertainment and educational talks will be at the venue.

An evening luminaria ceremony will follow with a moment of silence to remember those who have died from cancer with candles placed in bags with messages to those who have been touched by cancer.

A Luminaria is a candle bag that is purchased in memory or in honor of someone touched by cancer

The ceremony shall include survivors/caregivers telling their stories of cancer in their lives and how they have managed to come through all along.

The goal of Relay for Life 2014 Kenya is to raise Ksh.300 million for treatment of at least 20 adults and 10 paediatric from each of the 47 counties.

Various hospitals have committed to partner in this worthy course including Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital among others.

Cancer is the third killer disease in the country after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

According to Globocan 2012, it was estimated that the incidence of cancer in the country is 38,544 cases and out of that, 26,941 deaths have been recorded It is estimated that up to 70 deaths from cancer occur daily.

The Global Relay for Life has been held in 23 Countries with 950 Global Relay Events, $90 Million USD in Gross Income Raised, $4 Million USD Raised by Students, 39,000 Global Relay Team, 496,000 Global Relay Participants and 63,000 Survivors Engaged.

Relay for Life offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in advancing the course for addressing cancer.

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