Wally Bayola and Jose Manalo, two of the country’s well-loved television comedians, will headline a fundraising show for indigent thyroid disease patients on July 6, Saturday. The show, titled “Juan Night with Jose and Wally,” is spearheaded by the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine (PSNM).
The event will be held in Crossroad 77 Convenarium in Mother Ignacia, Quezon City. The PSNM officially began promoting the event last May 25, known internationally as the World Thyroid Day. Also performing with Wally and Jose that night are celebrity impersonator Anton Diva and sexy comedienne Ethel Booba.
Speaking to The Filipino Scribe, Dr. Lourdes Taylan, a nuclear medicine specialist and PSNM president, explained that the activity aims to raise funds specifically for patients that are in need of radioactive iodine (RAI) therapy. “We want to help more, but as a non-profit entity, the PSNM can only do so much,” Taylan said. One session of RAI therapy can cost as much as P15, 000, she added.
She added that the PSNM also needs help in conducting awareness campaigns on thyroid diseases throughout the country. “This is relevant for Filipinos because we have high incidence of goiter here. Thyroid diseases are endemic in the Philippines,” she explained.
A Philippine Thyroid Disorder Prevalence Survey conducted in 2008revealed that of the nearly 5000 Filipinos who underwent thyroid function tests, 417 or 8.53% had thyroid function abnormalities. “Thyroid problems can affect both men and women, even new-born children,” Taylan said.
She appealed to the public to support the upcoming benefit show. “I hope people patronize this event for our patient-beneficiaries. It will also help us in our effort to raise awareness about thyroid diseases in far-flung provinces nationwide,” she said.
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