Pink Oak, a charity foundation working with other cancer advocacy non governmental organisations to improve access to cancer care, has announced its readiness to raise N100 million to sponsor the treatment of at least 25 patients.
The advocacy will run between August and December 2018.
According to a press release signed by Rita Eugene, Media Assistant to Pink Oak, the Pink Oak Governing Board, under the leadership of Fola Adeola, gave the approval for the launch of the fundraising campaign, in line with “the primary goal of the foundation,” noting that Dr Laz Ude Eze, Executive Director, also announced a launch of the 25 Patients Initiative (25PI), on Thursday.
The statement read: “Under this initiative, Pink Oak is working with its five-member NGOs to identify patients in early cancer stages (Stage 1 or 2) but cannot afford to fund their treatment fully. The eligible patients shall be treated at various hospitals in Abuja, Enugu, Ibadan and Lagos already designated as treatment centres for Pink Oak-supported patients. Pink Oak shall not pay cash to patients; rather, all payments shall be made directly to the treatment centres.
“Pink Oak is a charity foundation working with other cancer advocacy NGOs to improve access to cancer care. We encourage good-spirited Nigerians, corporate and religious organisations to donate generously towards this cause to enable us save more lives from cancer.”
Expressing gratitude to all who have donated to their cause, the group also noted that: “It is pertinent for the public to know that Pink Oak does not recruit patients directly. We only sponsor eligible patients recommended by our member-NGOs. These organisations include Breast Without Spot (Enugu); Cancer Aware Nigeria (Lagos); Project Pink Blue (Abuja); St. Cyril Cancer Treatment Foundation (Lagos), and Sebeccly Cancer Care (Lagos). Other NGOs across the country interested in joining us to fight cancer should contact us via [email protected] All patients who desire our support should kindly reach out to them.”