Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has given the Relay For Life (RFL) event by the Singapore Cancer Society a boost by personally endorsing it.
The two-time cancer survivor appeared in a 65-second video talking about how cancer has affected the lives of patients and care-givers — including his own.
In Singapore, the statistics show that 37 Singaporeans are diagnosed with cancer each day.
SCS is the 25th country to bring RFL to Singapore. The event will be held on Feb. 18 and 19.
It aims to rally the community together to celebrate the lives of those who battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
The walk-run event is also to recognise the fight of cancer survivors, and the help rendered by caregivers and volunteers.
PM Lee was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2015 and underwent surgery to remove his prostate gland. He went on medical leave for a week subsequently.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan showed suspicious lesions on his prostate.
A subsequent biopsy found cancer cells in one out of 38 samples taken.
However, 2015’s diagnosis was unrelated to PM Lee’s previous bout with cancer in 1992, when he had suffered from intermediate grade malignant lymphoma.
He had received chemotherapy then and was cleared of cancer cells in April 1993.
You can visit the Singapore Cancer Society site for more details about Relay For Life.