KidzCan visits Manicaland
Zimbabwe can achieve a lot in childhood cancer treatment if everyone comes together to promote early presentation by spreading the correct message about cancer, a disease that kills up to 80 % of its victims in low to medium income countries.
KidzCan Executive Director Daniel Mackenzie was speaking at Hillcrest Preparatory school in the Eastern Border town of Mutare in Manicaland yesterday at a cancer awareness campaign to mark Orange Day, an event that is set aside to commemorate pediatric cancer.
“Go and tell your parents and siblings about the three most common childhood cancers in Zimbabwe which are cancer of the eye, liver and the blood,” said Mackenzie.
Orange Day serves as both a national and global platform for the community of nations to raise awareness, celebrate achievements in taming childhood cancer, and express support for children with cancer, the survivors and their families.
Mr. Mackenzie said cancer in children can be cured and that it mostly affects the young age.
“You should know that cancer in children can be cured and that it affects children in the 0-6 years age group, so we are calling everyone of us to play their part through actively supporting and donating,” he said.
The school presented their donation , collected during the Orange Month of February and the money will be used to get blood products, bus fares, radiological and laboratory services ,chemotherapy and other supportive drugs including controlled drugs, nutritional support ,admission & discharge packs, play therapy, psychosocial Support Case Management among other things.
KidzCan provides all these services free of charge to economically disadvantaged patients and their families in Ward A4 Special at Parirenyatwa Hospital and Mpilo in Bulawayo.
KidzCan is a Humanitarian Child-Centered Private Voluntary Organisation dedicated to increasing the survival rate of children suffering from cancer and Blood disorders in Zimbabwe.