Osman Çaklı / DUVAR
A man named Caner Çiçek is marching from the Aegean province of İzmir to the capital Ankara to raise awareness about children including his own son who suffer from cystic fibrosis, a fatal hereditary disease.
Çiçek is calling for cystic fibrosis treatment to be covered by state health insurance, as the illness requires around-the-clock care of patients.
The father also wants to speak with the Health Ministry and urge them to import medication that could alleviate symptoms of the illness and improve the patient's quality of life.
"That way we won't need to live in the hospital for months," Çiçek said.
Çiçek's son is on almost 17 different medications and often needs to use a ventilator to help him breathe.
Noting that the disease affects about one in each 3,000 children, Çiçek urged society to support their cause.