Delta's support of Breast Care International (BCI) was on full display Saturday as the organization hosted its annual Walk for a Cure in Accra, Ghana. The event has grown to include thousands of participants rallying behind the cause.
Benita Ogbona mother of five children and a five-year survivor of breast cancer was one of the women who was screened at a community outreach program by Breast Care International (BCI) sponsored by Delta.
"That day changed my life. It saved my life," said Benita Ogbona. Benita from Nungua, in the Great Accra Region of Ghana, had attended one of the events being offered by BCI in her community. A routine check discovered a small lump, and she was able to get the help and treatment she needed.
Delta has partnered with the BCI since 2016 and has funded vital work to provide breast cancer awareness and screening program in rural areas of Ghana. With Delta's support, BCI's education program have reached more than 150,000 people, while of the more than 20,000 people screened, like Ogbona, some 2,000 suspected cases of breast cancer have been identified that may otherwise have been undetected.
"Our involvement with BCI has done a lot to raise awareness and to educate thousands of women and girls, taking out the stigma of breast cancer, particularly in rural communities," said Eloina Baddoo, Delta Sales Manager - Ghana.
"At the center of our campaign is early detection and survivorship," said Dr. Beatrice Addai Wiafe, Founder and President of Breast Care International. "It is vital that families and women afflicted by the life-threatening disease do not rely on herbal concoctions and other unapproved methods of treatment. Those women who find a suspicious lump must contact their nearest health facility for immediate attention."
This year's annual walk saw over 2,000 walkers joining the noble cause. It is Ghana's leading awareness event.