Behcet’s Patient Association was established in May 2005 and provides care and help services for behcet patients, aiming to promote understanding and respect to people with behcet among the public, eliminating discrimination and protecting their equal rights on medical care, education and employment.
West Lake of Hangzhou is welcome tourists from all around the world. Among the crowd, there were some people wearing red t-shirt and holding red-and-white flag in the hand. They are a group of special tourists—Behcet’s Patient Association. On such a lovely day, they are Behcet’s patients coming from Zhejiang, Shanghai and Guangdong. They gathered here to advocate more people to understand and care people with Behcet.
May 1st is international labor’s day. It is also the day when Behcet's Patient Association was first found.
The activity was different from previous ones. With more tourists during the holiday, the patients walked 7 kilometers and distributed pamphlets to tourists along the way. They also gave brief introduction about the Behcet. Something special about the activity is the Behcet’s patients need courage to communicate with strangers. Though passing out flyers on the street is a challenging way to spread awareness about Behcet, they are passionate about this cause and their mission.
Original article written by Yong Chen, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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