October 27th, 2018:

Walkers, cyclists, skaters, horse and camel riders from across Nigeria came together this weekend at the 9th Medicaid Cancer Foundation’s Annual Cancer Awareness walk tagged “#WalkAwayCancerNG”. The unique 5KM walk, focuses on disseminating the right information about the dreadful disease called cancer.

Typically in Low-Middle-Income-Countries like Nigeria, 95% of cancers are diagnosed in late stages making chances of survival low. Top reasons adduced for this are lack of awareness or knowledge, superstitious beliefs, lack of screening, financial constraints and poor treatment centers.

“Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with cancer – and there is a chance of survival if found early, says the Founder, Her Excellency, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu. “Walk away cancer reminds us of the importance of regular exercise and early detection. She says “We also use the program to raise funds so that we can assist indigent cancer patients, particularly those in the rural areas”. Dr Bagudu was elected to the board of the UICC earlier this month and is the first Nigerian to serve the global body.

His Excellency Sen Abubakar Bagudu the governor of Kebbi State formally kicked off WalkAwayCancerng© at 7.15 a.m from Medicaid, 2 Libreville Street, Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse II and ended at Edmunds Multipurpose events center, Wuse II where the after event took place. Shehu Abdullahi ace Nigerian footballer, Peter Rufai and beach soccer star Abu Azeez were on the exercise walk with music from DJ Gabby.

The after event featured testimonies by survivors and beneficiaries; performances by Nigerian singers and actors such as, Saratu Gidado(Daso), Osita Iheme (Pawpaw), Toyin Abraham, Annie Idibia, Korede Bello, Aphrodija, Ali Jita, Morell, YQs and Humblesmiths who thrilled the crowd with their songs. It was compered by Chucks d General, MC Expensive and MC Biggie Boy. Vendors such as Santico foods, Gyros to Grill, Bintbukar, Finger licking, Eat to live, Elan foods, art of Pops, CBD oil had stalls. This year for the first time, children were not left out as a separate fun area with bouncy castle, water pool and mascots kept them occupied. Finally, free breast and cervical screening was ongoing nearby at Medicaid Radio-Diagnostic center.

The trademarked walk has received a stamp of approval from the Nigerian Tourism and Development Board and will be a part of the capital city’s event calendar.

In attendance to support the cause were cancer advocates from different NGOs, National Cancer coordinator Dr David Atuwo as well as the first ladies of Osun, Kogi, Zamfara and Oyo states.

All proceeds from walk paraphernalia and vendors go toward the free support programs MCF provides such as screening, treatment, and education. The foundation is targeting N100M this year to purchase a medical truck that can cater for women in rural areas. The entire program is backed by a vibrant media campaign which also forms part of the awareness creation.

Technical, financial and logistic support was received from the Minister of Information and Culture, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), World Health Organization (WHO), Medicaid Radio-diagnostics, Nigerian Olympic Society and Africa Law Practice.

About Medicaid Cancer Foundation
The Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF) is a vehicle created by Medicaid to support cancer patients, promote cancer awareness and drive community cancer campaigns for undeserved populace in Nigeria.
Follow Medicaid on Twitter and Instagram @MedicaidCF Address: No. 2, Libreville Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Phone: +234 708 874 4634

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