Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery

by Faraja Cancer Support Trust
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Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery
Cancer in Kenya: Giving a real chance of recovery

Project Report | Mar 27, 2024
Elizabeth's Journey: Overcoming Cancer's Challenge

By Charles Githu & Elizabeth Waichinga | Fundraising and Communication Department

One of the joint support groups
One of the joint support groups

Elizabeth is a courageous survivor on a journey through cancer.

Before her diagnosis, she endured months of relentless pain and weight loss, reaching a frail 38kg. Fainting spells, bleeding, and deteriorating mental health became her daily battles. Despite the fear, she sought medical help, bracing for the unknown.

Learning of her cancer diagnosis plunged her into a spiral of worry. Financial constraints loomed large, overshadowing any glimmer of hope. She felt utterly helpless, convinced that recovery was beyond her reach.

Ignorance about cancer's realities compounded her fears. Stories of insurmountable challenges echoed, casting doubt on any chance of healing.

But then, a beacon of hope emerged: Faraja. For the first time, a path to recovery seemed possible.She was well received by the people she met at the office and taken through all the therapies she could benefit from such as counselling. She even found a community at Faraja through the Gynaecological Cancers support group. There she was able to feel heard and also inspired through the testimonials. Since she could not afford for treatment, she implored for help from Faraja and was able to get financial assistance to complete her treatment. To think that she got all this support for free was just so unimaginable. 

To fellow cancer warriors, she implores: early action, unwavering faith, and trust in the journey are paramount.

Today, Elizabeth stands hopeful, albeit grappling with memory loss. Yet, she's grateful to be among the fortunate ones who received treatment and continue the journey to survivorship. 

Elizabeth benefitted from the Faraja Medical Support Fund that supports patients through cancer treatment. The fund is fully dependent on the generous donations from well-wishers like you. Cancer is reported as the third leading cause of death in Kenya and the primary cause among non-communicable diseases. Unfortunately, late stage diagnosis contributes significantly to the high cancer related death toll. During the National Cancer Summit 2023, a recent report highlighted the distressing fact that a large portion of cancer cases, approximately 70%, are identified in the advanced stages when a cure becomes nearly impossible.

At Faraja, we take a proactive approach by facilitating support groups catering to various types of cancers and outreach programs to ensure that more Kenyans are aware of the risk factors and early signs of cancer. Early detection plays a pivotal role in achieving better outcomes, as research indicates that 30% of cancers can be effectively treated when caught at an early stage. 

As our valued supporters, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for bringing much-needed hope,help, and life to families like Elizabeth's, as well as countless others in need. Your donations make a significant difference in their lives.

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Faraja Cancer Support Trust

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Twitter: @FarajaTrust
Project Leader:
Olivia Shah
Nairobi , Kenya
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