Before players report for their first workouts of the 2013 season on Monday, Mathias Kiwanuka first helped a cause that hit close to home. The versatile defender for the Giants teamed up with the American Cancer Society as part of its “Treat the Pain” program and recently traveled to Uganda, raising awareness about suffering in developing countries with low access to pain relief.
Through the program, Kiwanuka, whose grandfather, Benedicto Kiwanuka, was the first Prime Minister of Uganda, was accompanied by his wife, Tessa, and award-winning filmmaker, Casey Neistat. During the trip in the first week of April, they visited patients, clinicians, and local organizations to learn how to provide inexpensive, effective pain medication.
“Uganda is a special place to me and my family,” said Kiwanuka, who still has relatives in the country. “I look forward to working with Treat the Pain to highlight the global disparities in access to pain relief and learning about the progress Uganda is making to alleviate suffering.
“The Society estimates that nearly three million people die each year around the world in pain from cancer or HIV without access to relief. I hope that our involvement raises the profile of the issue and prompts people to do something.”
With projects in Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, India, and Haiti, Treat the Pain has worked with partners to provide 2.6 million days of treatment for patients in need since 2011.
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