Marren, the grateful Cancer survivor gives back to community
After surviving stage 3 colon cancer and the overwhelming support from friends, family and total strangers to a social media fundraising campaign for her treatment, Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, made her-self a promise. The promise was to give a helping hand to cancer patients and survivors after her recovery.\r\n\r\n“I wanted to give back to society, to support others the way I have been supported”, says Marren. “I specifically wanted to support my fellow women’, Marren, a long serving feminist and activist notes.\r\n\r\nSo after she was declared cured from cancer in 2014, Marren set out to fulfil her promise.\r\n“I wanted to give back to my people within in East Africa, but didn’t know who to support. I surfed the internet for organisations/associations dealing with cancer support until I zeroed down on the Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO)”.\r\n\r\nFrom the information on their website, Marren tracked down UWOCASO’s physical address in Ntinda, a Kampala suburb where she met its administrators, made acquaintances and promised to return.\r\n\r\nA week later, on the 29th October 2015, Marren returned to UWOCASO, but this time, not empty handed. She donated 1,000 Dollars (3.5 million Ugandan Shillings) to the association.\r\n\r\n“My friends from Switzerland helped me to raise the funds by putting on a musical concert. I thank God for such friends”. Said Marren as she handed over the cheque.\r\n\r\nMarren promises to continue supporting and fundraising for cancer patients. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women in Uganda because its treatment is not affordable to many. Initiatives like hers, could help save lives.\r\n\r\nRead more about Marren’s story here or watch video here.