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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.

In many African countries, rates of breast and prostate cancer as well as non-Hodgkins lymphoma are increasing rapidly as people adopt modern lifestyles with modern risk factors.  But treatment is not keeping pace. Uganda has one oncologist for eight million people; the US has one for every 20,000. For over a year, there was no radiotherapy machine in the whole country. A new one finally arrived in 2018, but then it broke down too. This helps explain why in the West, cancer in children is curable in nearly 90% of cases; in Uganda, fewer than half of children diagnosed with the disease are alive five years later.

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The vast majority of cancer patients in Sub-Saharan Africa cannot obtain adequate treatment. Very few, mostly elites and those with political connections, travel to India, Dubai, Europe and the United States for care. We believe that it’s possible to have a world-class hospital in every region of Africa, and with time, every country. You can help make that a reality.

African Walk for Cancer is organizing a fund- and awareness raising walk on September 8th, 2018 from Arlington, Virginia, through Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia and terminating in New York City on September 28th. Please join us.

Vision: Provide a platform for advocacy for better cancer treatment in Africa.

Mission: Create awareness, advocacy and support for cancer patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Goal: Mobilize resources to improve the lives of cancer patients through partnerships with existing cancer treatment centers as well as new ones.