The Dorcas Cancer Foundation Impact

Welcome to TDCF

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

Our Impact

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

  • The Foundation partnered with Lagos Business School Pan-Atlantic University; LBS MBA18 Healthcare Group; the LBS Sustainability Center; and Ford Foundation to train 200 healthcare professionals working at the primary and community levels across the country in early detection and treatment of childhood cancers.
  • Since the inception of the foundation, we have funded diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for over 50 children diagnosed with cancer in Nigeria.
  • Launched the first Childhood Cancer Handbook in Nigeria; and has distributed over 1,000 copies to doctors, nurses, medical professionals, and families of child cancer patients. View Gallery
  • Successfully executed community awareness programs in several locations in Southwest Nigeria – Ejigbo, Matogun, Mushin, Ibadan, Ogbomosho and Abeokuta communities; where we reached over 1,000 families and individuals in Nigeria. View Gallery
  • Media Awareness drives reaching an audience of over 2 million people, both local and international through 17 media stations (TV and Radio)
  • Online awareness campaigns reaching thousands of people both local and international. View Gallery
  • Donated medical equipment to the children’s cancer wards of both the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to improve the comfort and care of patients. View Gallery
  • Donated over 100 Care Kits (Comfort items) to the children on the Cancer wards of the two major teaching hospitals in Lagos. View Gallery
  • Blood Donation Drive – partnered with an initiative to collect 375 pints of blood for children living with cancer and sickle cell disease. View Gallery
  • Initiated July of every year as TDCF Bone Tumor Month in honor of Dorcas Adepitan and drive awareness about Bone cancer (Osteosarcoma).
  • Created the first childhood cancer support group in Nigeria, called Hands of Gold. So far we have held ten(10) meetings and with support to over 50 families and children living with cancer. View Gallery
  • Held a Cancer Caregivers Workshop in 2018 where Cancer Caregivers received tools to cope with the physical, emotional, and psychosocial toll of dealing with cancer in children. View Gallery
  • Presented the results from the first round of distribution of the Childhood Cancer Handbooks at the UICC World Cancer Congress 2018 in Malaysia. View
  • Successfully run the pilot of our signature program The Look Again Campaign in Ogun state where over 1500 people were educated about cancer in children, the importance of early detection, and armed with accurate information on how and where to see a specialist. View Gallery
  • Supported the formation of the first Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)/Tumor Board in Ogun state seated at the Federal Medical Center Abeokuta with 65 cancer caregivers (Oncologists, Radiologists, Oncology Nurses, Surgeons, Pathologists, and other health workers) in attendance. View Gallery
  • Trained 300 Community Health Workers and Community Health Extension Workers in Ogun Central Senatorial District of Ogun state on The 5 Signs & 5 Questions Method, a tool developed and patented by the foundation to increase early cancer detection by 100-150%. View Gallery
  • Trained 250 Health Care Professionals from both Primary and Secondary Care in Oyo State on The 5 Signs & 5 Questions Method to improve early childhood cancer detection in the state. View Gallery
  • Cancer and life choices lecture to over 100 senior secondary school students. View
  • Recognized for our work and awarded the HEALTH ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR 2018 AWARD; MOST UNIQUE NGO 2018 AWARD; and the CIVIL SOCIETY SDGs AWARD 2018 (SDG 3) by 3 different organizations in recognition of our commitment and contribution to cancer survival in Nigeria. View Gallery
  • The Libra House Montessori School partnered with The Dorcas Cancer Foundation to take #Action4Kids through a walkathon in ikoyi Lagos. The Action4Kids project is an initiative of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation that enables individuals in the society to contribute within their capacity to support and raise awareness for childhood cancers in Nigeria. View Gallery