Cancer Screenings For Kenyan Women

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Andy Lerner  ENCINO, CA
Hi, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Andy Lerner, a producer/director living in Los Angeles. I’m also a wildlife photographer, which has taken me to Africa many times over the last several years. On my last trip, I visited Amboseli National Park in Kenya, and had the misfortune to need some medical attention while there. I was brought to Loitoktok Sub-County Hospital,  about 40 miles away. I say hospital, but by western standards it was far from anything I was used to seeing. This is a rural, publicly funded hospital in Kenya. While I was being taken care of, I met Dr. Caren Kamau, who in addition to her duties in the hospital, runs an HIV/AIDS clinic adjacent to it. The doctor took good care of me in spite of the limited resources available to her.  When it came time to pay for my visit, she refused to take any money, telling me that it’s a publicly funded hospital and no one is expected to pay. Most couldn’t pay anything even if that was the policy.

I was pretty surprised, and seeing the conditions there I began to wonder if there was anything I could do to help them out. Well it turned out the HIV/AIDS clinic that the doctor runs was in desperate need of funding. The HIV infection in Kenya is a staggering 6%, with over 1.6 million people infected. In the area where Dr. Kamau is located, 6% of the women are HIV positive. That’s about 1800 HIV infected women in this small rural area who need Dr. Kamau’s clinic for care.

To compound the problem, local stigma and superstition about HIV and AIDS prevents many of the women from dealing with it at all.

Many of these women are at high risk of cervical cancer, and the doctor has been trying to raise funds for screening these women. She has seen many of them die from what may have been preventable or treatable cervical cancer had they had early screenings. She has only been able to screen about 20 of these patients for cervical cancer with her current funding.

 The doctor has a foundation set up for raising $6000,00 US to fund the screenings of 360 of her female patients for cervical cancer.  You can see more about the issue and how the money will be allocated in the proposal below.
Six thousand dollars doesn’t seem like a lot, but I think it can go a long way to helping the women in the Loitoktok area get some much needed help.
I’m doing this because I think it’s situation where there is a direct tangible result we can help with. Unlike other projects or charities where it might be difficult to know exactly how your money is being used, this is a very simple situation where we are helping someone buy medical supplies and directly helping people. I am sending all of the money directly to the clinic. Very simple.
I really hope you can donate to Dr.  Kamau's foundation and help these women. Thanks so much, Andy

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Update 7
Posted by Andy Lerner
14 months ago
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Thanks for all of the donations. The funds have been sent to the clinic and will start being used next week. I really appreciate everyone getting on board to help these folks out. Best, Andy
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Update 6
Posted by Andy Lerner
14 months ago
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Hi, I will be the one withdrawing the funds from this campaign to wire the clinic directly.

Thanks, Andy Lerner
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Update 5
Posted by Andy Lerner
15 months ago
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Looks like we have to step up our game here. I know you're over seeing this, but I really hope we can get this thing moving. Please donate if you can and help spread the word ! Thanks, Andy
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Posted by Andy Lerner
15 months ago
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Hi folks , we're still at it here trying to get up to $6000.00 Please donate if you can, and share the post to help me get the word out! Thanks so much !

Andy
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$2,680 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 31 people in 16 months
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Created December 28, 2015
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$50
Dawn Caron
14 months ago
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So happy they helped you; happy to help them.

$40
Matt Kaminsky
15 months ago
1
1
KW
$75
Ken Weiner
15 months ago
1
1
$600
Anonymous
15 months ago
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1
$50
Anonymous
15 months ago
1
1
$50
Cristina Gordet
15 months ago
1
1
SB
$25
Steve Bautista
15 months ago
1
1

Great cause, Andy.

PS
$100
Paul & Janyce Spiessbach
15 months ago
1
1
LT
$20
Lori Tritel
15 months ago
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$25
Greg Hinson
15 months ago
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1
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