According to global statistics, “Breast cancer is one of the commonest female cancers in the vast majority of countries and the leading cause of cancer death in over 100 countries globally”.
Therefore, in collaboration with Project Flamingo, we would like to make a difference in the lives of the women who are affected and diagnosed with breast cancer. The total contributions in the first week of the competition will be donated to Project Flamingo.
What is Project Flamingo?
Project Flamingo was founded by a qualified surgeon, Dr Liana Roodt, to assist women who were subjected to long waiting periods before receiving life-saving breast cancer surgeries and medical treatment in public healthcare facilities.
With the enormous burden faced by public healthcare to provide surgeries for cancer patients, the waiting period for patients could go up to 14 weeks.
The organisation raises funds for catch-up surgeries at the Groote Schuur, Tygerberg and Livingstone hospitals in Cape Town to fill in the gap.
For a fair and objective selection of patients, project lists are scheduled a year in advance, dates are added in the hospital’s booking system and the hospital provides names of patients to the organisation.
Each year, the organisation allocates funds for a specialist to spend at least 4 hours, every week, at the Breast Cancer Unit. Depending on the type of procedures to be performed and the availability of staff, about four to nice patients receive their surgeries per list.
Project Flamingo understands the medical care that cancer patients need and require patients to be part of the entire treatment plan – from surgeries to formal oncology procedures, chemotherapy, and post-surgery follow-ups.
How can you help?
Individuals or organisations can donate to Project Flamingo by sponsoring a life-saving surgery, pamper packs for newly diagnosed patients or by volunteering their time.
For more details on how to assist or offer support to the organisation, please click here.
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