October 27, 2015 | Rita Fahmy
As most of you know, this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While I am aware that October is almost up, I would like to comment on a great event that occurred just yesterday.
Many countries and organizations around the world have shown their support through fundraisers (Micoud, St. Lucia), runs (Harrisonburg, Vancouver, USA), to simply wearing pink, the color tied down to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to work (Tigo Ghana Company). This information raises the question: What has Egypt done, this year, for this memorable, important cause?
Well, the answer is quite simple. The Egyptian Society for Women’s Health
Organized a convention at AUC to speak about the importance of early detection. The Breast Cancer Foundation of Egypt organized a women-only event to raise awareness through zumba and yoga classes, along with cooking lessons. While all of these are great achievements, I’d like to focus on one particular event. This past Friday, October 23rd, 2015, a group of female cyclists rode around Cairo in an attempt to raise awareness about breast cancer. Breast Cancer stands at a rate of 17.8 percent and is considered the most common type of cancer among Egyptian women. This lovely group of ladies, organized by Girls Fitness Club and Bike Land, cycled the way from Cairo Sports Club in Zamalek to areas in Giza, which roughly amounts to 13.6 kilometers.
These lovely ladies, while lacking the support from major organizations such as the ESWH and the BCFE, have made great impact on the current situation with Breast Cancer throughout Egypt. For that, I show immense gratitude and respect towards these ladies who have organized this remarkable feat.