A cancer support group set up on Bute has been nominated for an award from a health-focussed social networking organisation.
Womb Cancer Support UK is in the running for a prize for the best Facebook presence in the Health Activist Awards run by WEGO Health, a platform for health advocates to foster new relationships, gain access to helpful resources, and to grow their communities.
The support group was established by island resident Kaz Molloy, who received treatment for womb (uterine) cancer after being diagnosed with the illness in December 2009.
“After my treatment ended I became aware of a lack of specific support for women like me,” Kaz said, “so in April 2011 I started an online support group, called Womb Cancer Support UK which is based on Facebook.
“The group started out as a support group, but has grown now to become an awareness raising and campaigning group aswell.
“We have over 830 likers on our FB page and 115 women are part of our private chat group - a safe place where the women can chat in private and support each other through the good and the bad times.”
The WEGO Health website states: “WEGO Health is a different kind of social network, built from the ground up for the community leaders, bloggers and tweeters who are actively involved in health online. WEGO Health is a platform for committed health advocates to foster new relationships, gain access to helpful resources, and to grow their communities. And it’s free.
“Our goal is to equip our network with opportunities designed for the active contributor, relevant content, powerful educational resources and shareable interactive media. We hope that the bloggers, tweeters, and community leaders that we call Health Activists will find inspiration, strength and support here.”
Several award categories relate to activists’ social media activity on networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, though there are also awards for ‘Geek Health Activist’, ‘Health Activist Hero’, ‘Hilarious Health Activist’ and ‘Rookie of the Year’.
The nomination period ended on December 31; WEGO Health will now select a group of finalists with the help of a panel of award judges comprising health activists and industry leaders.
The awards are not open to public vote, but you can endorse the Womb Cancer Support UK nomination by clicking on this link.