This organization was conceived of the need brought about by many people losing their lives in our community and the world as a result of cancer and cancer related diseases which is now a global threat. Therefore, we decided to steer an awareness campaign after a young member of the church and a member of the Young Professionals succumbed to breast cancer at a tender age of 26 years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer very late and nothing much could have been done despite seeking all the possible medical interventions and performing fundraisings to assist in bills she was incurring. May her soul rest in eternal peace (R.I.P).
Through the Queen of Apostles Catholic church, we were granted permission and support to organize a Cancer Awareness campaign in the church. This was the first health awareness day held on 23rd October 2011 to tally with the world month for Breast Cancer. The turnout was overwhelming. This was done through breast screening and health awareness talks. We were able to screen over 700 Hundred members, both men and women from the church and the surrounding community who visited our testing and counseling makeshift centre. Over Forty members were diagnosed with Breast cancer and were referred to various Hospitals including Neema Uhai Hospital, Mater Hospital, Kenyatta Hospital, Agakhan Hospital and Nairobi Women Hospital.
We had eighteen nurses from Mater Hospital, Kenyatta Hospital and Nairobi Women’s Hospital who aided in the screening and the testing exercise. The young professionals of the church assisted in the exercise which took two days. We also had three members of The Red cross who also joined the camp and talked more on Blood Donation to support Cancer patients undergoing Chemotherapy. Media fraternity was also present and documented news for the better part of the day. The exercise started at 8.00am and closed at 4.00pm though most people were left out due to time.
Due to increasing cases of the same, a lot of Christians wanted more help from the church, and sometimes this was not possible. They wanted routine checkups on breast cancer and even other terminal and fatal conditions. This prompted us to start awareness campaigns on Cancer as its better protected by early detection. The greatest achievement is the feeling to know that we helped many people to get aware of the debilitating disease in our church.