Chief (Mrs) Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, the First Lady of Ondo State and Founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN, has spread the length of the association to South-South of the country by inducting the Bayelsa state chapter on Saturday, 23rd October 2021, making it the seventh chapter across the country.
In a release dated October 23rd, 2021, made available by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, (Office of the first lady), it was revealed that the inauguration ceremony was held at the Bayelsa state banquet hall in Yenagoa, where the BRECAN Founder noted that after her 24-year encounter with breast cancer, she envisaged an organisation that will advocate for the campaign for breast health awareness and galvanise effort against breast cancer in Nigeria.
Mrs Akeredolu said BRECAN was set out with the mission to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease in Nigeria towards attaining a healthier society.
“The vision was to ensure that no woman dies needlessly from breast cancer. The four pillars of BRECAN include awareness, invention, Patients’ support, Advocacy and Research which have been the key to achieving the goals.”
She lauded the Bayelsa state First Lady for adopting BRECAN through the Gloria Diri Foundation, pointing out that their alliance to fight a common cause for women is a signal that they are sisters beyond political party union.
Anyanwu noted that the birth of BRECAN, the Bayelsa state chapter, was special in many ways, as it was the first chapter in the states in South-South Nigeria.
“Even before today’s inauguration, the chapter has embarked on many impressive awareness outreaches. This is quite assuring as it gives credence to the fact that the founding members of this chapter are indeed enthusiastic about the vision and mission of BRECAN which is captured in our slogan; Giving Hope, Saving Lives.”
She then re-emphasised the significance of correcting misconceptions about the disease, and the need to raise the rate of sensitisation by engaging the government and stakeholders to make legislations and policies that would help in the battle against cancer.
In attendance at the inauguration were representatives of partners of the Bayelsa state BRECAN’s chapter, which include Sterling Bank, World Health Organisation, Gloria Diri Foundation, Standup for Women society, Nigeria Medical Association, Nursing in Nigeria, Sunky supermarket and others.
Recall that the Ondo State First Lady, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has on Friday 22nd of October, 2021 landed at the Yenegoa government house for the inauguration chapter and was duly received by the First Lady of Bayelsa State, Dr. (Mrs) Gloria Douye Diri.
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