Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital plans to hold the third edition of its Annual Cancer Walk event on March 17, 2024 to raise funds to support early diagnosis and treatment of cancer in children.
The walk will begin at Uhuru Gardens in Lang’ata and will provide two options, a 13-kilometer long circuit for adults and teenagers and a shorter 5-kilometre path for younger children.
Dr. Robert Nyarango, CEO of Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, is rallying the public to participate in the event to raise awareness and the much-needed funds to support the Hospital’s initiative to drastically reduce cases of preventable cancer deaths in children.
“Thousands of children are fighting cancer each year, yet many of them are unable to access diagnosis and therefore are not treated. In 2023, our Cancer Program helped more than 40 children access treatment at no cost to their families. With the help of participants this year, we aim to raise more funds to expand the programme and reach over 1,000 children suffering from treatable cancers across the country,” said Dr Nyarango.
Childhood cancer incidences in Kenya is about 3,000 new cases each year, according to figures from the Global Cancer Observatory (GLOBOCAN). The estimates are, however, thought to be significantly lower than actual figures due to a lack of awareness that leads to fewer confirmed diagnoses and reporting.
Dr Thomas Ngwiri, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital Head of Clinical Services, says in addition to funding treatment, the cancer program also trains healthcare workers to identify symptoms and provide quality treatment as part of the multi-stakeholder approach to reducing cancer-related deaths among children.
Gertrude’s Hospital first held the cancer walk in 2019 and took a two-year break at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to resume in 2023.