She stressed that her treatment is urgent, noting that due to lack of state-of-the-art medical technology in Sierra Leone, the patient had to be taken to a hospital in Ghana.
She promised that funds raised from the dinner will be used towards saving the life of this young Sierra Leonean woman.
Madam Pratt further stated the fight against cancer should be a collective and universal fight and used the opportunity to call on government, corporate institutions and development partners to join the fight in preventing women and also men from dying of this disease.
She noted that many women are dying of cancer because of lack of detection and treatment.
Giving a testimony of her ordeal, Kadija Komeh, a survivor of breast cancer, stated that, she counts herself as lucky to survive cancer due to early detection and treatment.
She used the opportunity to advise all women to regularly checkup on the status of their breast, noting that, cancer is a life-threatening disease.
Delivering an awareness-raising message, Dr. Smalle an oncologist working at the Connaught Teaching Hospital stated that cancer is a medical condition that should be treated with seriousness. He added that, most people succumb to cancer because of late detection.
He therefore appealed to women especially to report to a hospital whenever they notice lumps or any strange condition on their breast. Dr. Smalle maintained that early detection and treatment of cancer can save life. He also informed that they will be operating a cancer clinic at Connaught Hospital to enable women to do checkup and detect cancer at an early stage.
The fund-raising dinner was followed by a fashion show geared also towards raising funds.