Climbing Sani to raise funds for cancer

2011-07-05 00:00

THE annual Jade Sky Ride will be heading for Sani Pass this weekend to raise funds for 22-year-old cancer sufferer Curtis Huysamen.

The ride or hike is held annually in memory of Jade Preston, who died of cancer at the age of eight in 2007.

Huysamen is a former Maritzburg College boy and a part-time student teacher at the school. He teaches Afrikaans after hours and is reading for a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and geography with the University of South Africa.

He was diagnosed with leukemia in October last year and is undergoing treatment at the University of Cape Town Private Academic Hospital.

“I’m honoured and pleased about everyone raising funds for me. I believe that everything in life happens for a reason,” said the cancer suffer from the hospital.

Huysamen said that even though his life has not changed much, he was really “devastated” when the doctor told him he had cancer.

“I know that it might take a long time for me to be completely well. But I know that this can be fixed. You must just be willing to fight,” he added.

The Jade Sky Ride is in its fourth year of fundraising. Last year they raised money for another Maritzburg College pupil, cancer survivor Josh Rencken.

The Sani Pass route is eight kilometres to the top and back down again.

The event organiser, Mandy Tyrer, said the goal is to hike or cycle from the Sani Pass border post to the Highest Pub in Africa and back on Sunday, July 10. Each participant is expected to raise a minimum of R50.

All participants are required to have a passport.

“The challenge of hiking or riding up Sani Pass is nothing compared to the challenges of facing cancer,,”said Tyrer.

“We will be remembering those who have passed away and those undergoing treatment and celebrating with the survivors.

“Any money donated is money that the family didn’t have before the treatment started,” she added.

For more information call Tyrer at 082 459 6095.

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