The Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt (BCFE) organized the "Pink Friday for the Cure" at the Palm Hills Compound and Club House in 6 October City. The event aimed to draw attention to breast cancer, increase awareness and support breast cancer survivors.
The day started with a walk at the Compound in cooperation with Curves Palm Hills with 250 participants. His Excellency Manzoor ul Haq, Ambassador of Pakistan to Egypt, and Dr. Mohamed Shaalan, Professor of Surgical Oncology, Director of the NCI Prevention and Early Detection Unit and BCFE Chairman, Dr. Norran H. Said, Breast Imaging Consultant and BCFE Executive Director, and Yasmine Hafiz, Curves Palm Hills Executive Director, inaugurated the 3 km walk with participants ranging from children, youth, adults and breast cancer survivors.
His Excellency Ambassador Manzoor ul Haq stated, "Breast Cancer is a global issue that is everyone's concern. We need to consolidate our efforts to fight it." He also expressed his happiness in participating in the Walk for the Cure, "I have come today with my family to walk as a symbol of our support for every woman who has been affected by breast cancer."
Dr. Mohamed Shaalan said, "Breast cancer in Egypt is often called the bad disease. Being here today we have succeeded in breaking the fear barrier surrounding talking about the disease. Our children now have awareness of breast cancer and its early detection."
At the end of the walk, prizes were given to the first ten participants. Ms. Maha Abdel Razek, a breast cancer survivor, said, "Participating in events like this gives hope to other women going through the same experience. It also reminds every survivor of her strength and success in defeating the disease."
BCFE resumed the activities of the "Pink Friday for the Cure" after Friday prayers at the Palm Hills Club House. The family day included a mascot show for children to play and take photos with their favorite characters. It also included painting and jewelry making activities for adults and children alike.
BCFE urges the public to join its mission to fight breast cancer by spreading information about breast cancer, encouraging their loved ones to get screened and donating to help women who cannot afford paying for screening and proper treatment.