About 200 people took part in a walk-and-cycle charity event on Saturday (May 16), which hoped to raise awareness of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer.
The National University Cancer Institute, a national specialist centre under the National University Health System, said the cancer afflicts more than 100 patients in Singapore each year.
Those who attended the fundraising event at Gardens by the Bay included patients, their caregivers and even doctors. Organisers said donations from the event have surpassed S$420,000 and all proceeds will go to research on myeloma cancer.
The event is also supported by the National University Cancer Institute and the National Parks Board.
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who said his brother-in-law had died from myeloma cancer more than 10 years ago, was also there to flag off the event.
“There are still many battles to fight, and myeloma is one of those where we are making progress, but I am quite sure much more can be done,” he said.