The Pink Oak Cancer Trust said on Thursday that it is working with its partners to raise N100 million to sponsor the treatment of 25 or more cancer patients between August and December 2018.
The Executive Director, Dr. Laz Ude Eze, who announced the launch of the 25 Patients Initiative (25PI), disclosed that the approval was given by the Pink Oak Governing Board under the leadership of Mr. Fola Adeola in fulfillment of the primary goal of the foundation which is to improve access to cancer care.
“Under this initiative, Pink Oak is working with its 5 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 centers for Pink Oak-supported patients. Pink Oak shall not pay cash to patients; rather, all payments shall be made directly to the treatment centers,” said the organization in a statement.
Pink Oak is a charity foundation working with other cancer advocacy NGOs to improve access to cancer care. It rallies Nigerians, corporate and religious organisations to donate generously towards the cause so that many lives could be saved from cancer.
How it works
Pink Oak does not recruit patients directly. It only sponsors eligible patients recommended by its 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). Patients who desire support need to first reach out to those NGOs.
It recommends that other NGOs across the country interested in joining hands to fight cancer should contact reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org.