PRINCESS KATHERINE IN ROMANIA FOR CANCER CHARITY
Bucharest, 2 October 2008 – Her Royal Highness Crown
Princess Katherine visited Bucharest, Romania where she stayed with the
Romanian Royal Family at the
Elisabeth Palace. Crown Princess Katherine attended last night the 8th
edition of “Pink Illumination”, an event in aid of the fight against breast
cancer, organized by Renasterea
Foundation in Bucharest.
The event was under the patronage of Triumph and
Generosity and took place at the one of the most representative symbols of
Bucharest - The Triumph Arch. Mrs. Fran Drescher, an actress who won the
battle against cancer, became for one evening the Ambassador of Hope in
fight against cancer in Romania.
On 1 October, the Renasterea Foundation celebrated two
second anniversaries - seven years of its founding and one year since it
launched “Renasterea – Breast and Cervical Mobile Diagnostic” project which
helped more than 1665 women, from nine counties of Romania, who benefited
from free examinations,1348 Pap smears and 1053 mammograms were taken.
This important event gathered more than 300 guests among
who were HE Mr. Eugen Nicolaescu, Minister of Health of Romania, HE Mr.
Dusan Crnogorcevic, Serbian Ambassador, HE Mr. Nicholas F. Taubman, United
States Ambassador, HE. Mr. Juan Pablo Garcia – Berdoy, Spanish Ambassador,
Mrs. Catherine Sophianou, President of the SoftMedica Group, government
officials, representatives of the cultural and business life of Romania,
artists, 7sportspeople, doctors and the media.
Before the event Crown Princess Katherine addressed the
guests and the journalists pointing out: “When we look at the statistics in
Serbia we can see that the rate of mortality caused by breast cancer is much
higher than in the European Union, United Kingdom or United States. The aim
is to reduce the number of people who die and that can be only accomplished
with good early diagnostics and efficient treatment. My foundation is
working very hard to help in cancer prevention, but we must not forget that
public awareness is the first step that we should cross. Only by informing
women about all the consequences they can have if they don’t visit their
gynaecologists regularly, we can prevent this disease. That’s why I am
appealing to the media representatives to join us in this mission of saving
lives” – emphasized the Crown Princess Katherine in her speech.