Childhood cancer and jogging tackled in Fabian’s ‘Cuentas’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 June 2011 16:59

Cancer is the scourge of mankind and science and medicine has been laboring for years to find a cure that up until now has not been very encouraging in terms of developing a cure.

More so, people have little or low level of awareness about the disease.
A group of intrepid joggers some of whom are doctors took it upon themselves to raise social awareness of the disease through the successful staging of a fun run yesterday here.

Appearing on the public affairs program, ‘Cuentas Claras’ hosted by 2nd District Rep. Erbie A. Fabian, Doctors Maya Marquez-Lim, Cesar Jeffrey Masilungan and Lottie Uy, all certified members of the Zamboanga Runners  Club thoroughly discussed the disease and their innovative way of raising public awareness.

The trio along with fellow member-jogger Arlo Ramos, said the run was intended to focus attention on the disease, particularly on pediatric cancer.
Dr. Masilungan said the program was meant to raise funds for the pediatric cancer ward of the Zamboanga City Medical Center and its young patients.

Cancer, Dr. Masilungan explained is curable if diagnosed early and children surprisingly are more resilient than adults when it comes to overcoming the disease.
But he noted sadly that treatment is expensive and the patients of the sate run hospital are more often poor who could hardly afford money for treatment.
The run, aptly called ‘Run for Childhood Cancer’ was widely received by city residents who showed up to participate by the hundreds early dawn yesterday at the Mayor Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Stadium.

Organizer Ms. Apple Cruz-Go earlier said part of the proceeds collected from registration fees of participants would be channelled to the hospital to help children suffering from cancer.