Posted by Danielle Matia on November 12, 2010
Students from Kenyatta University, the largest public university in Kenya were so impressed with Henzo, the local patient association for people diagnosed with leukemia that they invited the group to integrate their “Cycling4Cancer” event as part of the university’s awareness week. The collaborative effort was a true success, with members of a local cycling club bicycling through town to draw attention to the needs of people living with cancer worldwide.
One of Henzo’s leaders, Ms. Lucy Mwangi describes the event, “It was an excellent opportunity to come together with other survivors with other forms of cancer as well as other partners sympathetic to our cause.” She continues, “It was a beginning of an event that we hope will continue for years to come and get bigger and better with time in order to achieve the ultimate goal of creating awareness, encouraging early diagnosis through screening and petitioning the relevant authorities to do more on cancer prevention, care, treatment and management.”
In total, over 150 participants joined the day’s program, which started with a media briefing on cancer facts and ended with an opportunity for everyone to sign the World Cancer Declaration while sending a personal support message to cancer survivors on the tribute wall. The crowd was so receptive to the Maximize Life Tribute Wall that they made suggestions for how to collect even more: Go to the central bus station to raise awareness. So next week, that is exactly where Henzo is going! We told you Henzo is on the move…!