We need your support!
We are very excited to be entrants in the AMGEN Foundation and Ashoka’s Changemakers Competition, Patients/Choices/Empowerment. This is a global competition to recognize innovative solutions to answer the question of how we can elevate patients’ voices to improve health outcomes globally.
By being part of this competition, we have a great opportunity to get the word out about our work in raising breast cancer awareness, providing patient support and galvanizing a collective action against the disease in Nigeria.
The competition is an open platform where we can share our work with the world, so the more people we can inspire, the better!
Please help us rally support for our work:
- Visit our project entry http://www.changemakers.com/node/92299
- Leave us feedback about our entry. Here’s how:
- If you do not have a Changemakers account, please click here to register on the site. It only takes a couple of minutes.
- Login at the Changemakers website.
- Go to the Patients/Choices/Empowerment competition site
- Visit my entry, read about what I do and leave me feedback! http://www.changemakers.com/node/92299
- Update your profile and be part of a growing online community of support!
- Spread the word to your colleagues and friends through your emails, blogs, or websites. I’ve included some information about us below that you are welcome to share with others.
This contest can give our work a great boost. Thank you very much for your help!
Description of Project:
BRECAN Jog for Life is a project of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria , a non-governmental organization with a mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life threatening disease in Nigeria through public education, patient support, advocacy and research. In Nigeria, the perception of breast cancer as a disease that has no cure is deeply entrenched. Worse still are the myths and false beliefs about what causes breast cancer and how it can be treated. These myths and misconceptions are responsible for, to a large extent, the poor clinical outcomes in most hospitals in the country. In an effort to change this mindset and prove that breast cancer is not a death sentence, BRECAN created an innovative, fun-filled outdoor event called Jog for Life to raise the profile of breast cancer and galvanise a collective action to reduce suffering and untimely deaths caused by the disease. As the name implies, Jog for Life entails an early morning jogging through a designated route of about 5 km, starting at 7.00am prompt . T-shirts and caps are made specially for the event and sold to the public. Participants include breast cancer survivors with family members and friends, sponsors, invited guests and the concerned public. A special guest of honour usually a notable woman leads the joggers. At the finish point, BRECAN, sponsors and special guest of honour make brief remarks. Other attractions include luminaria ceremony (where luminaria are decorated with the names of survivors and those who lost the fight to breast cancer), aerobics, wall of hope , raffle draw and free medical screening including breast exam. Participants are treated to a light refreshment with the event lasting for about two hours What started in Ibadan with less than 100 participants in 2002 when nobody wanted to talk about breast cancer has grown to be an event that is now held in at least three cities every October (the breast cancer awareness month) where over 5000 dynamic and diverse participants register to take action against breast cancer. Apart from raising awareness, Jog for Life has been critical in fundraising for BRECAN Hope Lodge “a home away from home” for breast cancer out-patients and their care givers traveling to the University College Hospital, Ibadan for treatment/check-up as well as serving as a platform to celebrate survivorship and promote exercise as a healthy life-style.