Meet 26 year old Chika, who lives in Melbourne. Chika is supporting the patients and the families the ECCT is supporting by joining in the 10km run as part of the Melbourne Marathon Festival 2013, and fundraising along with ECCT Founder Teurai Chanakira and other women.
Chika has had a sad brush with cancer when she watched her grandmother battle pancreatic cancer eight years ago. She says, “the saddest thing was that I was by her bedside everyday whilst she was ill, then the one day that I wasn’t because I had to go back to school – she passed away. My grandmother was not given a fair chance because the doctors assumed that she would not be able to afford the treatment so decided not to tell her it was cancer…until it was too late. It was heartbreaking to watch her deteriorate from a chatty, bubbly person to hardly being able to open her eyes.”
Chika says that she is looking forward to supporting the ECCT patients by being a part of the run in three weeks. “I’m so inspired by ECCT’s work. I support all the help they are giving the patients.”
In terms of how she thinks marginalized cancer patients can be better assisted she says, “I think more counselling services would assist with emotional and psychological wounds to help them deal with their diagnosis better. Cancer patients in Africa on the whole face a dilemma by often not having the appropriate facilities and infrastructure to both identify cancer on time so that there is a higher chance of beating it, plus the lack of medication in some instances.”
Chika we are sorry about your grandmother – may her soul continue to rest in peace. Thank you for sharing your story and for being part of the Global Family of the ECCT. To sponsor Chika for her run, please click here.