A picture is worth a thousand words, and the Global Cancer Control team has three videos available to give staff a better idea of our work overseas. The videos describe the partnerships ACS is forging to bring new collaborators into the cancer space in low-and middle-income countries, where 70% of the deaths from cancer occur.
Hope Hostel at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi
Last year, we announced a partnership with Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi, Kenya to build the first-ever Hope Hostel in Africa on the grounds of the hospital. Patients travel to KNH from thousands of miles away to get treatment. Many spend their limited resources just getting to Nairobi, leaving nothing left for a hotel room. These patients are forced to sleep outside on the grounds of the hospital, or rent a room in a nearby slum. KNH donated land and architectural plans for the facility, and we launched a joint fundraising strategy to secure the funds needed to make this project come to fruition. Watch as healthcare providers and George, a patient, explain the impact this facility will have on patients.
Thanks to some close collaboration between the Global Cancer Control team and Vita Sarginson, director of regional corporate relations in California, ACS was February's Featured Monthly Charity for Humble Bundle, a digital storefront for video games, ebooks, and software. The promotion ran from Feb. 2 to March 2, and raised a total of $694,000. Hear from Jassie Dhillon, program coordinator, global cancer prevention and early detection, as she explains how support from Humble Bundle will help us move our mission forward.
Humble Bundle is just one example of how teamwork and innovative thinking can lead to investments in our key priorities. Vita's close collaboration with the Global Cancer Control team also led to investments from tech companies, including NVIDIA and Varian, to support our radiotherapy voucher program in Kenya.
Lady Ganga and the Bulova Watch Company
The cervical cancer burden in India is high: nearly 100,000 Indian women a year die from a preventable disease. When Michele Baldwin, a 45-year-old American mother of three was diagnosed with late-stage cervical cancer, she took India's cervical cancer burden as her call to action. Paddling down the sacred Ganges River, Michele shared her personal story to encourage women in India to get screened and to get their daughters vaccinated. Michele later became known as Lady Ganga by the people she touched along the way. Her journey was profiled by Frederic Lumiere, a documentary film maker. The film also profiles a local woman, Nilza, and the impact Michele's story had on her life.
ACS is working in India and other places to eliminate cervical cancer through vaccination and screening. As part of our work, we brought the filmmaker, producer, and Michele's mother and daughter to the United Nations in New York for a special showing of the film to mark World Cancer Day.
During this event, the president of Bulova, the watch company, saw the film and was so moved by it that he commissioned a special watch in Michele's honor. ACS will receive 10 percent of the sale of each watch now through December 31, 2018, to support our global cervical cancer work. Learn more about Michele's mission to reduce the devastating effects of cervical cancer on poor women in the developing world, and visit cancer.org to learn more about our global cervical cancer work.