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Childhood Cancer: Foundation Canvasses Resources For Pediatric Oncology

By Justina Auta

The Okapi Children Cancer Foundation (OkapiCCF), Tuesday, advocated increased awareness and allocation of more resources for pediatric oncology to treat and manage children with cancer.

The Chief Volunteer of the foundation, Ms Kemi Adekanye, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Adekanye, who highlighted the plights of children suffering from cancer, stressed the need for more funds toward their treatment and management, espespecially less-priviledged children suffering from cancer.

According to her, many parents have abandoned cancer treatment and management because of the cost, urging government to provide pediatric oncologists with necessary equipment and support for early detection, treatment and management of the disease.

She announced the group’s plan to hold Seventh Annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Walk on Sept. 23 with the theme “Steps to Survival for Children Fighting Cancer.

“The theme is a reflection of the collective determination of every person to empower and uplift young warriors suffering from cancer.

“We believe that together, we can bring hope and healing to children and families affected by cancer. This walk is not just a physical journey, but a powerful expression of unity and compassion.

“By participating, you are contributing to a brighter future for children battling cancer and their families, while also advocating for increased awareness and resources for pediatric oncology.

“Childhood cancer is a battle that touches the hearts of families, friends, and communities alike.

“Every step taken during the walk symbolises commitment to stand with the young fighters, celebrating their courage and resilience as they navigate the challenging journey of cancer treatment at such tender age.’’

The chief volunteer, while calling on the public to support the walk toward impacting the lives of children suffering cancer, said the group had so far donated over N10 million to poor and less-privileged children fighting cancer in the FCT.

  1. She stressed the need for increased awareness about the signs, symptoms, treatment and management of childhood cancer, as well as inspirational talk and survivor stories to give hope to children living with the disease and their families.(NAN)

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