Cancer survivor thanks organisations for support

Motibhai Group managers and the Fiji Cancer Society family of survivors and volunteers at the Bushells Fiji's Biggest Morning Team event in Suva yesterday. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

CANCER survivor Nanise Marama yesterday thanked organisations such as the Motibhai Group for financially supporting the Fiji Cancer Society through initiatives such as the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea. Ms Marama was diagnosed with stage 3B cervical cancer in 2016, when she was seven months pregnant with her now two-year-old daughter, Elenoa Buitukana.

Speaking at the launch of the Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea, Ms Marama said she was able to overcome her battle against cancer through the help and support of the Fiji Cancer Society which was the recipient of funds raised from the event.

“I went for one of my routine checks at the hospital during my pregnancy and I was told that I had cancer. I didn’t even ask what type of cancer, but just being told that I had cancer, I knew straightaway I was going to die,” Ms Marama said.

She said her husband, Poasa Yabakidrau, and their four children were her source of strength.

“We didn’t know anything about the Fiji Cancer Society until I got sick. I never dreamt that I would be here carrying my very healthy baby and sharing my story to help other women who are also fighting cancer.”

Ms Marama said the support from organisations that had helped the Fiji Cancer Society to look after the welfare of cancer patients had been amazing. While launching the event, Motibhai Group Marketing and Business Development manager, Abraham Gomes, invited other corporate organisations to help raise awareness on cancer.

“We can’t live without hope nor can we live with the fear of failure. But together, with our hearts and desires, we can strive for a cancer-free Fiji,” Mr Gomes said.