The first Kijabe Cancer Run took place on October 22nd, starting at AIC Kijabe’s Marira Clinic and finishing 14 km away at AIC Kijabe Hospital. Members from the community and hospital staff participated. Hon. Annah Nyobaki, Kiambu Women Representative flagged the race start. Sponsors included ABC Bank and Friends of Kijabe.
AIC Kijabe C.E.O. Dr. Muchendu described the event, “We want each one of us to be an ambassador in cancer care.”
Cancer is the third leading disease killer in Kenya, and according to the Kenya Cancer Registry, four of five cases of cancer are diagnosed in the late stages of the disease. AIC Kijabe Hospital encourages regular screening for prostate and breast cancer, two of the most common forms of cancer that can be effectively prevented if detected early.
Mary, a breast cancer survivor, encourages patients: “I can advise people that cancer is not a killer if you get the right doctor. I have gone through the treatment of cancer because of the hands of God and Dr. Bird. If you have a problem, whether it is a lump or a tumor, I can tell people the best place is Kijabe. Don’t worry, come here, and you will fall in the right hands. When you get sick, don’t sit there, when you come here you will meet the doctor and they get you treatment. . .but the treatment starts with you, when you accept.”
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