A week ago, I visited the Abuja home of a former head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and elder statesman, General Abdusalam Abubakar (RTD), and was shocked to discover that his own mother also succumed to cancer years ago.
I equally received in Condolence the Chairman emeritus of the DAAR communications network, High-Chief Raymond Dokpesi in Abuja and yet heard another tale of cancer only this time, it was not a sad one. The High Chief Dokpesi revealed that his mother lived for another 25 years after the disease was detected because it was diagnosed early and treated appropriately outside the country. How lucky he was! Especially because his mother complained early about her condition contrary to the practice of many who would rather conceal the condition until it became too late.

The lack of awareness on the importance of not being secretive about health conditions, informed my resolve to disclose the cause of my mother’s death. It has further strengthened my pursuite to establish the cancer centre in honour of my late mother to promote the awareness campaign of the disease, the urgent need for related routine medical examinations and to provide free diagnosis, as early detection and treatment yet remains the only remedy.

Cancer is real and there is hardly any family that has not in one way or the other, either directly or indirectly been affected; it is ravaging our people. Sadly, treatment is expensive and there are no treatment centres in the country. Besides many, for some reason or the other, have downplayed the need for consistent medical examination.

Since my mother’s demise, I have consistently promoted the advocacy for cancer awareness and equally used every opportunity to solicit the support and partnership of all my friends and all people of goodwill who mean well and are willing to join me to ensure that we SAVE THE NEXT LIFE.

We can reduce the rate of deaths caused by cancer. I cannot bring my mother back to life, but I can contribute my quota to ensuring that the next person does not die of cancer.

Join me to #SaveTheNextLife.

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