GIVING BACK : VIRGINIE BOPDA KONTCHOU RUNS FOR A CURE

I love sharing stories about causes, initiatives and people  “GIVING BACK” to their community.

Here’s one about an amazing lady &  “RUN FOR A CURE AFRICA”

A brief Bio?

My name is Virginie Bopda Kontchou, spouse and proud
mother of three wonderful children. I have been working in education for
about 12 years and I enjoy working with children and witness the changes my
fellow teachers and I bring into their lives.


An overview of the history of the organization/foundation?
I joined
Run for a Cure Africa at its inception through a fellow teacher, named Ebele
Mbanugo.In 2009, Ebele created Run for a Cure Africa with
the vision of helping underprivileged women of the community to get access to
screening and treatment of breast cancer. A few years earlier, her mother has
been diagnosed with breast cancer, and through the help of Susan G. Komen, she
got access to free treatment and today she is cancer free. I instantly joined the
program, because my father had died almost two decades earlier from prostate
cancer, and I wanted to be part of the alleviation of this deadly disease in
our community.
Run for a Cure became so successful in Nigeria that we
decided to take it to other African counties. Being a native of Cameroon, the
choice was made automatically!! ….and we started the program in Douala in 2012.


What motivated you to join this cause?
What motivated me was the prostate cancer my father went
through and died from about twenty years ago. Those years were very difficult
moment for my family and we were all desperate to see our father going away and
not being able to do anything to stop him from going. Knowing that breast
cancer is curable at its inception stage, I decided that  if I could be part of the saving the life of only one
woman, it would be worth doing. Our current focus is educating people in our various communities, providing free screening to underprivileged women, and
subsidizing the treatment of breast cancer.

An overview of the activities in Cameroon?
The program started in Cameroon in July 2012. We had a race/walk
to sensitize people about breast cancer. This year, we are coming with stronger set of activities.The  “Pink Week” takes place July 8 to July
13 2013 in Douala
–         
8th July 2013: A Dinner. To explain to our potential sponsors, our vision and goals and planned activities for week.
–         
9th – 10th July 2013: A forum and
pre-screening stage for breast cancer
–         
11th -12th July 2013: A free
screening stage for breast cancer
–         
13th: A race/walk for breast cancer

What is the goal of fundraising in 2013?
 The goal of fundraising of 2013 is to provide free
screening and subsidize or cover the cost of breast cancer treatment to
underprivileged women of our community as well as some emotional support. We are  currently working with a number medical centers and hospitals in Douala, but
our ultimate goal is to create a breast cancer center where women would come
and access free screening and treatment.
This is not a “one man” task. It requires the
contribution of anybody and everybody.
Our websites are great source of information on breast
cancer and our organization, and also how one could do to help. Together
we will turn the breast cancer mortality rate into the breast cancer survival
rate.
email:info@runforacureafrica.org/Cameroon
Phone: +1 832 202 4952
                +237
99 53 80 87

Thanks Virginie. Keep up the great work!! I lost an Aunty and Uncle and many others to cancer..It is a cause that is close to my heart.

OK people, please go the site to donate. Nothing is too small. You never know what impact it will have!Check out the site for more info..Join the walk/run if you are in Douala

“Together We Can Beat Cancer”

Y.M.
IRepCamer

Author: IRepCamer

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks my dear sister for spreading the word for us. Hopefully many people would join the fight and together we will turn the mortality rate of breast cancer into the survival rate.
    God bless

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