African Walk for Cancer was co-founded by Bigz Aloysious Bigirwa, an immigrant from Uganda who experienced cancer firsthand.
Bigz married his sweetheart Catherine (Kate) Amony Bigirwa in 2014. In 2015 she was diagnosed with a stage four sarcoma. In 2017, she passed on in Washington, DC. The treatment Kate received in the US gave her an extra 18 months of life, enabling her to see her daughter take her first steps and begin to talk. But many people in Sub-Saharan Africa suffer and die needlessly because healthcare for cancer and other serious diseases is out of reach. Bigz has since become a passionate advocate for improved cancer treatment in Africa.