Cancer: List of several personalities diagnosed with disease

A day earmarked by the World Health Organization to “raise awareness, encourage prevention, detection and treatment” of the disease.

Last week’s revelation by Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth that he was battling stage four colorectal cancer has drawn the spotlight on support systems, cost and impact of the disease in Kenya.

Here, we take a look at various personalities who at one stage have been diagnosed, battled or bravely lost the fight to cancer.

Anjlee Gadhvi Nooran

Noorani was first diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013.

She went public in 2015 and after treatments in and out of the country, was finally declared cancer free.

Chris Kirubi

Billionaire industrialist Chris Kirubi is battling acute cancer of the colon.

In 2018, the businessman was flown to the US for specialized treatment.

He is reportedly faring better.

Janet Ikua

TV host Janet Kanini Ikua bravely battled stage four lung cancer before succumbing to the disease in 2017.

The 39-year-old NTV property host made the diagnosis public in 2015, touched the lives of many with her efforts to fight against all odds.

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai died at the age of 71 on September 26, 2011, after a brave battle with ovarian cancer.

Maathai was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

An icing on the cake for the world-renowned environmentalist who dedicated her life to the conservation of the environment.

Big Kev

Born Kevin Ombajo, Big Kev was the CEO of Trublaq.

The event organizer died 2017 after a brave battle with a tumor of the brain. A battle of close to six years dotted with surgeries in Kenya and India.

He left behind a wife and daughter.

Nderitu Gachagua

Governor Gachagua died in February 2017, at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, where he was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Beth Mugo

Beth Mugo disclosed to Kenyans that she was suffering from breast cancer in 2012.

She, however, disclosed that it was detected early and successfully underwent surgery in the United States.

She started a foundation aimed at advocacy and awareness of the disease.

Anyang Nyong’o

Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in July 2010.



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