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Kenyan project donates cotton prostheses for breast cancer survivors

Following the death of her mother from breast cancer, a Kenyan woman living in the United States set up an NGO in her native country. The aim is to raise awareness of breast cancer by explaining how to recognise common symptoms and offering cotton breast prostheses to women who have had mastectomies. The project offers an alternative to expensive silicone prostheses or implants and helps women regain their self-confidence.

Nancy Githoitho is a Kenyan woman based in San Francisco, United States. She founded the NGO Limau Cancer Connection in 2017 after her mother died of breast cancer in Kenya.

"Limau" means "lemon" in Kiswahili, one of Kenya's official languages. She chose the name for her NGO because of the proverb "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

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