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

Impacts

Since the inception of the foundation, we have been able to achieve these:

  • Over 30 children supported
  • Over 1,000 TDCF Childhood Cancer Handbooks distributed
  • Community Awareness: Ejigbo, Matogun, Mushin, Ogbomosho, Ibadan, Abeokuta
  • Media Awareness Drive with 16 media stations
  • Children’s Cancer Ward refurbished
  • 100 Care Kits donated
  • One Angel Grant given to a parent who has lost their child.
  • Over 30 Cancer Caregivers trained
  • 1st Childhood cancer support group in Nigeria: Hands of Gold
  • Presented Childhood Cancer Handbook drive report at the UICC World Cancer Congress 2018 in Malaysia
  • Trained 300 community health workers
  • Support for launch and maintenance of Cancer MDT, Federal Medical Center, Ogun state Nigeria
  • True Heroes Award 2018
  • Unsung Heroes Award 2018
  • Civil Society SDGs Award 2018
  • Trained about 300 health care workers in Abeokuta on the early signs and symptoms of cancer in children.
  • Cancer and life choices lecture to over 100 senior secondary school students

Programs

  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September 2018)
    • Cancer Caregivers Workshop: Theme – “Overcoming Burnout”. A seminar to arm professionals, advocates, with the tools to deliver their best performance at all times, while maintaining a healthy balance in their lives.
    • Media Awareness Drive: partnered with 16 media stations – Radio and TV; throughout the month of September. Reached an audience of over 10,000 people both local and International creating awareness, educating and empowering families with knowledge.

  • 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 2019


Programs

  1. Childhood Cancer Awareness walk program in Abeokuta Ogun State, where Over 1000 people were informed about cancer in children and the importance of early detection in a cancer awareness walk. VIEW GALLERY
  2. Support of Cancer Multi-disciplinary team for Federal Medical Center Abeokuta with 65 cancer caregivers (Oncologists, Radiologists, Oncology Nurses, Surgeons, Pathologists, and other health workers) in attendance. VIEW GALLERY
  3. 300 Community Health Workers and Community Health Extension Workers in Ogun central senatorial district of Ogun state were trained on simple practical methods of clinical identification of possible early signs and symptoms of childhood cancers. VIEW GALLERY
  4. Cancer and life choices lecture to over 100 senior secondary school students. View

Year 2018


Awards/Recognitions

  1. TRUE HEROES AWARD 2018 – Health Organisation of the year – in recognition of our remarkable contributions in providing succor and care through counselling and financial assistance not just to children at risk of cancer diseases but to countless communities across Nigeria.
  2. UNSUNG HEROES AWARD (in partnership with OMA Living Show) – Most Unique NGO 2018 VIEW
  3. CIVIL SOCIETY SDGs AWARD 2018 – In recognition of our commitment and contribution to Agenda 2030 and the SDG’s – (SDG 3) VIEW

Children/Programs

  • Funded diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation for thirty (30) children diagnosed with cancer in Nigeria.
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September 2018)
    • Cancer Caregivers Workshop: Theme – “Overcoming Burnout”. A seminar to arm professionals, advocates, with the tools to deliver their best performance at all times, while maintaining a healthy balance in their lives.VIEW GALLERY
    • Media Awareness Drive: partnered with 16 media stations – Radio and TV; throughout the month of September. Reached an audience of over 10,000 people both local and International creating awareness, educating and empowering families with knowledge.
  • Ward Renovation (June, 2018) The foundation provided ward equipment’s and also repaired the plumbing facilities of the Pediatric Oncology ward, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).VIEW GALLERY
  • Community/Online Awareness Programme(s) – Southwest Nigeria (June, 2018)Community Awareness programs from Lagos state to Oyo and Ogun states. We also partnered with organizers of the Miss Exquisite Nigeria beauty pageant, whose winner will be a Childhood Cancer Ambassador for the year 2019.
  • TDCF Children’s Playdate (May, 2018): The Dorcas Cancer Foundation took the children on a playdate for a day of pure fun away from hospital appointments, blood tests, needles etc. the children loved it!
  • The Dorcas’ Angel Grant: The Dorcas Angel Grant is a Bereavement fund created to help one parent who has lost everything. One recipient will be selected every year to receive a token amount.
    This grant cannot bring back their child; we know this. But we hope it can shine a little light in the bleak darkness.
  • Blood Drive; The 500 lives Initiative (March, 2018): Partnered with Project Smile group and Association of Medical Student University of Lagos (AMSUL) to gather over 1000 students to donate blood to save children’s lives. Over 375 pints of blood were collected.
  • Hands of Gold Support group: The Support group meets monthly at a forum where we give psychosocial support, counseling and advice to families dealing with cancer. The meeting which is open to any child under 18 years with proof of a cancer diagnosis from any part of the country; with at least one accompanying parent or ward kicked off in February. We held 7 support group meetings in 2018.
  • World Cancer Day 2018 “Meet and Greet” Event (February, 2018): The Dorcas Cancer Foundation had a maiden “Meet and Greet” event themed – Golden Moments, to mark World Cancer Day, 2018 with the theme #wecanican. The event brought together Cancer Survivors, Childhood Cancer Partners, Cancer Advocates, Doctors, Oncologists and anyone who was interested in making a difference in kicking cancer.
  • Community Awareness in Lagos and Ogun state (February, 2018): In February, we were invited to give talks on Cancer at Ejigbo and Matogun communities of Lagos and Ogun State respectively. We also distributed our Warning signs charts to the organizers.

Year 2017


  • Basket of Love (December, 2017)We celebrated with Children in the Pediatric Oncology and Pediatric Emergency Ward in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Paediatric/Surgical Wards in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) bearing gifts and care kit bags. We also got Santa and artists to perform for the kids to add more cheer.
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September, 2017)
    1. Online Awareness Campaign (September 1st –30th, 2017): A challenge to raise awareness for childhood cancer where participants had to
      • Record a short video of them singing any children’s Nursery rhyme of their choice, and in their own unique way.
      • Post the video on Instagram and get to win various prizes.

      This awareness campaign would be done yearly with the aim of raising more awareness about Childhood Cancer.

    2. Childhood Cancer Handbook Launch (September, 2017): We launched the Childhood Cancer Handbook titled “Cancer In Children. The first of its kind in Nigeria, the handbook provides information to children, parents, family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals regarding childhood cancer.
    3. TDCF Bone Tumor Month (July, 2017)
      We carried out a Bone Tumor awareness campaign on our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) from July 1st – 30th, 2017. July of every year has also been initiated as TDCF Bone Tumor Month in honor of Dorcas Adepitan, for whom the foundation is named.
  • Care Kit Program (May, 2017)
    The Dorcas Cancer Foundation launched our Care Kit Program. We distributed Care Kits to children on admission in the Children’s Oncology wards of two major hospitals in Lagos State – Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). The care kits contain small items that make a hospital stay more comfortable for a child. Subsequently, children diagnosed with cancer will receive a TDCF Care kit upon admission to the wards.

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.