Be Frank

A team of five students from Taylor's University School of Biosciences won the third place in the “Be Frank. Help Beat Cancer: Youth Programme” organised by Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation (CARIF) recently.

The team, who picked the term “Cancerless” as their team name, were named as third place winners for their video “Be Nice to your Colon” during the prize presentation that was held here at Taylor's University, Lakeside Campus.

Wong Howe Nguong, Natasha Anne Fernandez, Lee Yun Yee, Ooi Bee Kee and Phang Su Wen were part of more than 2,000 youths who participated in the three-month inaugural programme which was aimed at raising awareness of cancer among Malaysian youths.

In addition to the Cancerless team, two teams from Taylor’s- team Cancer Sense and team MOP- won consolation prizes for their “Watch your mouth” poster and “Mouth Card and Trivia” game.

The “Be Frank” campaign by CARIF is inspired by Frank Chong, 34, a cancer survivor, who has beaten the odds by surviving a rare cancer which afflicted him when he was eleven.

CARIF launched the “Be Frank” Campaign with the hope of inspiring cancer patients and their families to be like Frank as well as to help them raise awareness and funds for cancer research. The word “Frank” is also used to encourage Malaysians to be open about cancer and to dispel the myths around cancer.

During the three months, university and college students designed posters, created videos and conceptualized games which delivered key cancer awareness messages to their fellow peers.

The campaigns reached the wider community through Facebook, blogs and cancer awareness carnivals which took place at Sunway University and Taylor’s University.

The culmination of the three-month campaign period was the prize presentation ceremony at Taylor's University.

CARIF Manager of Science in Society, Datin Dr. Amyza Saleh said that it was exciting that youths have fully taken on board the objectives of the competition and grown from having limited knowledge of cancer to being able to identify and share key preventive cancer messages with their peers.

“Indeed, they have become our Cancer Champs! We certainly would like to have more students from Taylor’s University to take part in this programme next year. Together we can make a difference to fight cancer,” said Datin Dr Amyza, who’s also the Programme Manager for the “Be Frank” Outreach Programmes.

Datin Dr Amyza also thanked Taylor’s University, particularly the Dean of the School of Biosciences, Dr. Anthony Ho and lecturers Dr. Adeline Chia and Dr. Jason Lee for supporting the pilot outreach programme and co-organising the inaugural “Be Frank. Help Beat Cancer: Youth Programme” Prize Presentation.