As some of you may know, my wife and I are travelling this December to southeast Nepal to help establish the region’s first cancer center. While in Nepal, I will see patients, train healthcare providers, and set up the cancer center’s palliative care program. My wife will volunteer as the center’s medical receptionist. This project is near and dear to me, as it is organized by the Binaytara Foundation, for which I am a board member.
When completed, the cancer center will be a 200-bedded hospital offering comprehensive services while doubling as a hub for research and public health education. It is currently offering preventive oncology services and will be expanded over the next few years. My wife and I are humbly requesting donations for this important project.
Cancer care does not exist in this region, with patients forced to travel burdensome distances to the nearest cancer center. Even if they make the journey, barriers such as cultural, linguistic and financial often prevent adequate care. Not only that, but awareness of cancer is extremely low. One young woman from Nepal visiting the U.S. summed up Nepal’s cancer crises following her own diagnoses several years ago. She said, “People don’t get cancer in Nepal. They just get sick and die.” In the U.S., that patient had a chance to be cured. Those in southeast Nepal have no chance.
One hundred percent of your donation will go toward this project. Binaytara Foundation President Dr. Binay Shah, who is a great friend of mine, has also pledged to match 100 percent of your donations up to $10,000. Thank you for your support.
Dr. Derrel Walker