- Nzoia Sugar striker Jeremiah Wanjala is not ready to let cancer define him in his passion to be a top scorer.
Wanjala’s world changed when he was diagnosed with Lymphoma cancer in April after months of severe and unending stomach pains. He intends to make each day count until he enrobes the Harambee Stars shirt, his biggest dream.
The forward stepped out of the hospital mid last month and is recuperating at his home in Ingotse Village in Kakamega county. Medics have told him that a great percentage of patients with his form of cancer reach full recovery.
The landmarking moment of his career was in 2017 September when he was honored as SJAK Player of the Month. Wanjala underwent immediate treatment including chemotherapy the which proved to be successful. He revealed that he was feeling much better and was comfortable in performing light duties.
“I am slowly regaining strength and the recovery is way quicker than the time the doctors had given me. The best news the doctor gave me was that I will be able to kick the ball again before the end of the year. They told me the disease was at a manageable stage and immediately began chemotherapy sessions. I have always had a dream of playing for the national team and I pray that I will beat the disease, resume training, and continue fighting to achieve my goal,” he said.
The striker expressed gratitude to his employers—Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA), friends, and well-wishers who gave him a much-needed boost in settling the hospital bill. He said his Hospital Insurance wasn’t enough to cater for his treatment.
“I was on the verge of giving up after exploring a number of medical options but through my club, Kefwa and friends, I was admitted at the Kakamega Hospital where the problem was detected and I was later transferred to a private hospital. Kefwa gave in excess of Sh 100 000 and I will forever be grateful to them and the rest of the people who stood with me,” he said
He is still appealing for financial aid to complete his chemotherapy sessions as he stated: “Treating cancer is expensive and requires often checkups. I humbly request the football family and Kenyans to help me raise funds to complement what NHIF is offering. I am bound for another chemotherapy in the course of the week and I am yet to raise the required money,”