Can­cer doesn’t have to be the end, says First Lady

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

First Lady Mar­garet Keny­atta yes­ter­day presided over the launch of the Beth Mugo Can­cer Foun­da­tion at the Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Nairobi.

Nom­i­nated Se­na­tor Beth Mugo was present. The event was at­tended by other can­cer sur­vivors in cel­e­brat­ing suc­cesses in the war on can­cer.

“To­day, we come to­gether to play our part in chang­ing the nar­ra­tive around can­cer, which, too of­ten and for too long, has been de­fined by fear, im­po­tence, de­spair and, at worst, death,” Keny­atta said. “We are here to prove that the nar­ra­tive is cat­e­gor­i­cally false.”

She said the tes­ti­monies heard at the cer­e­mony were sto­ries of per­sonal strug­gle and pro­found tri­umph that en­cour­age and re­mind peo­ple that can­cer does not have to be an end.

“They are re­minders that there is life and new begin­nings and of the ben­e­fits of early de­tec­tion. They are re­minders that when faced with tremen­dous chal­lenges, we must ac­cept our re­al­ity, face it head on, and em­brace the sup­port of our clos­est al­lies in our per­sonal war — friends and fam­ily,” Keny­atta said.

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