The Dorcas Cancer Foundation Impact


The Dorcas Cancer Foundation is a Non-Profit Organization founded in September 2015 to support children living with cancer in Nigeria and incorporated under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in March, 2016.
It was founded in memory of Dorcas Adepitan (May 29, 2003 – July 13, 2015), a young girl and cancer patient who succumbed to Osteosarcoma (a bone cancer) after a long and courageous battle.

The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that Childhood Cancer survival rate in Nigeria catches up to rates seen in the other parts of the developed world.
The foundation operates its mission on four key goals:

  • Research
  • Early detection
  • Accurate diagnosis
  • Prompt and proper treatment

Summary of Achievements

  • Funded the diagnosis, treatments, rehabilitation for over twenty (20) children diagnosed with cancer in Lagos state.
  • Launched and is actively distributing a Childhood Cancer Handbook to families coping with cancer in a child.
  • Executed community awareness programs in Lagos – Ejigbo, Matogun, Mushin, etc. communities.
  • Donated medical equipment to children cancer wards.
  • Donated Care Kits (Comfort items) to the children on the Cancer ward of two major teaching hospitals in Lagos.
  • Created the Dorcas Research Grant to drive and encourage Childhood Cancer Research amongst early career Doctors.
  • Initiated the process to create a Pediatric Tumor Board in order to facilitate the creation of guidelines, a childhood cancer registry, and improve childhood cancer data access.
  • Initiated July of every year as National Bone Tumor Month in Nigeria in honor of Dorcas Adepitan.

Programs

  • Cancer Awareness Program at Matogun, Ejigbo and Mushin. View Gallery
  • Blood Donation drive – 500 pints of blood gotten for 500 children living with cancer and sickle cell disease. View Gallery
  • Support Group Forum: A monthly forum where we give psychological support, counseling and medical advice to families dealing with cancer.
    The meeting is for children who are currently battling or have completed treatment for Childhood Cancer.

Beneficiaries

Our targeted beneficiaries include:

  • Childhood Cancer patients
  • Childhood Cancer survivors
  • Childhood Cancer care providers

Going Forward

We are passionate about Childhood Cancer; and we want to reach more children; partner with more organizations and produce more Survivors.

Our Message

Childhood Cancer is real and can be survived. We have proof.

Year 2018


  • Present copies of the foundation’s free childhood cancer handbook resource to Prof Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, FRN; Dr. Zainab Bagudu, The First lady of Kebbi state, and many other stakeholders. View Gallery
  • Ten (10) children on active treatment at an average of ₦1 Million – ₦2 Million/child. View Children
  • Four (4) children on the waiting list.
  • Five (5) children on follow up (no evidence of disease recurrence)

Year 2017


  • Treatment for Thirteen (13) children. View Children
  • Launched the Childhood Cancer Handbook titled Cancer in Children to provide information to families, medical professionals and anyone interested in knowing more about cancer. View Gallery
  • Launched the Dorcas Angel Grant: A small grant created to support parents in the program who have lost their children to cancer.
  • Launched the Dorcas Research Grant for young medical Doctors interested in Childhood Cancer Research.
  • Donated Care Kits (Comfort items) to children on admission in the Children’s Oncology wards of two major hospitals – Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) both in Lagos State. View Gallery
  • Dedicated every July as TDCF National Bone Tumor Month
  • Executed an Awareness Campaign:
    • SingSeptember on social media, using a viral video competition inviting audience participation singing children’s nursery rhymes. View Gallery
  • Took part in the CEAFON (Cancer Education and Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria) 3rd CANCER SUMMIT.

Year 2016


  • Funded Cancer treatment for two children. View Children
  • Partnered with six prominent cancer NGO’s (Collabo4cancer) in Nigeria. The consortium continues to work together today.
  • Executed several awareness campaigns:
    • 30 Days of Awareness in September to commemorate the Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
    • Childhood Cancer Online Conference themed “Cancer and the Nigerian Child”.
    • The Raise Awareness’ Campaign – creating awareness about Childhood Cancer in Nigeria.
  • Fundraising campaigns:
    • 6 for Six Campaign: An initiative inviting corporate organizations to help fund six cycles of cancer therapy for six (6) young heroes battling cancer.