The wife of the Ondo State Governor and the founder, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has called for citizen driven support for women living with the breast cancer disease, through the BRECAN Crowdfunding initiative.
She made this call while attending Ibadan Golf Club Cancer Awareness Tournament, giving the reason why the association adopted Crowdfunding as an alternative option to saving the lives of breast cancer patient and noting that the treatment of 10 women had already been funded through the initiative.
200 Million Naira BRECAN crowdfunding, launched last year by Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, is an initiative to fund the treatment of women living with breast cancer through modest contributions of concerned citizens.
Addressing the gathering at a Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament, Mrs. Akeredolu observed that since the adoption of crowd-funding in Ondo State, a lot of women affected by the disease are now coming out and seeking financial assistance.
Mrs. Akeredolu who stated that the core aim of BRECAN is advocacy, creating awareness but has now discovered that awareness is no longer enough, noted that through crowd-funding, BRECAN is now in a position where it can fund surgeries among other things.
“We had to figure out what to do because we have discovered that awareness is no longer enough. When a woman discovers she has breast cancer, we should be prepared because quite a number of women are in need. If we can’t fund everything, we can still fund surgeries instead of saying we don’t have money.
In Ondo State, we are about 3 milion people and if 1million gives N200 each, we will have N200million. Crowd-Funding has gained currency. Today, we have funded about 10 women’s treatment through crowd funding. We have now extended Crowd-Funding to Oyo, Imo, Abuja among others.
When breast cancer knocks at the door of a family- that family is never the same again; the family becomes devastated. Breast Cancer is a bloody sucker of income”, she added while urging women to present early as that can enhance the chances of survival and make the treatment cheaper.
While also stressing that crowd-funding is a citizen driven initiative, Mrs. Akeredolu emphasized that if nothing is done to help save the lives of more women in their productive years; the future would be very bleak.