2005 year group of Bishop Herman College in the Volta region has supported one of their colleagues, Larry Aganey, who has been diagnosed with rectal cancer.
His mates from his former school, got wind of his rectal cancer diagnosis back in October 2014, and wasted no time in soliciting help in and outside the group to come to his aid at the time of his fourth session of Chemotherapy.
Mr Aganey’s disease is an abnormal growth of cells in the tissues of the rectum, which can spread to and take over other parts of the body.
The year group moved to raise money to help the family cover the cost of surgery estimated at about ten thousand Cedis (GH¢10,000).
The group, made available a cheque of six thousand Cedis (GH¢6,000) and some medical supplies to the family.
Presenting the cheque on behalf of BHOBU ‘05 by its president, Mr Sylvester Kwame Kafui Mintah, at the Surgical Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Thursday 9, July 2015, said the group has maintained close contact with the family since then and have been monitoring progress and, helping where possible to the point where physicians had determined surgery to remove the tumor as the only available option after the Chemotherapy.
Speaking on the donation, Mr Mintah, who also doubles as the deputy secretary of BHOBU (National), intimated that the group’s main motivation was simply to help a brother in need.
“Our main motivation for this gesture is not how much of a financial support we have given but to prove that people are still ready to be there for one another even in the midst of the economic challenges of the time.
We are living in a highly individualistic era, where getting hope is becoming hopeless’
He took the opportunity to thank the leader of BHOBU ‘05’ in the Diasporas, John Amaglo, for the assistance in raising the needed funds to restore hope to a brother.
We have just demonstrated that we can still support each other in difficulties, which is a fundamental value in our culture as Africans.
Larry was a brilliant chap and we are convinced he has a glittering future. We could not sit and do nothing whilst he struggled” he said.
Larry is a graduate of the University f Cape Coast where he read BSc in Agriculture.
Larry was underwent the knife on the July 10, 2015 and according to feedback from his father, the surgery was very successful.
Mr Francis Aganey indicated his son is now recuperating at the surgical ward at the moment.
He couldn’t help, but reiterate the family’s gratitude to the BHOBU group of ’05.
Mr. Francis Aganey, who received the check on behalf of his son, was overwhelmed by the support, stating as he thanked BHOBU ’05 and key players in making the support possible that even though he has joined a number of groups/unions he has never seen that level of benevolence.