By James Gough
Pantai Hospital Ipoh recently launched their Ribbon of Life Campaign in conjunction with the World Heart Awareness and Breast Cancer Awareness programmes. The launch included an interactive public forum in which speakers spoke on related topics.
President of the Breast Cancer Welfare Association, Ms Ranjit Kaur, herself a ‘survivor’ shared her experience during her “Journey in Breast Cancer” in which she clarified the facts and myths when one is faced with this disease. Her testimony was light saying that being a woman is a high risk job and reminded all “to be responsible for oneself by going for regular check-ups to enable early detection.”
Ranjit later moderated a group of survivors who also shared their experiences in handling the disease. The campaign kicked off on October 1 at Pantai Hospital where staff and family members underwent a weeklong free ECG and clinical breast examination. The campaign will continue over the next two months with road shows covering villages and corporations such as TNB, banks and factories.
For fund raising, a 10-day art exhibition is planned featuring the impressions of Perak Heritage sites. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the Persatuan Pink Champion Perak (a Breast Cancer Survivor Support Group) and the Breast Cancer Welfare Association.
The last activity of the campaign is a massive bicycle rally through Ipoh which is scheduled for December 18.