Leukaemia sufferer reaches ‘dream’

2015-06-16 06:00

EVEN though Sarah Cameron’s dream to play hockey for her school and tour with them had a setback due to her being diagnosed with leukaemia, she never gave up supporting her team and their goals.

Sarah and her mum Debbie raised R3 200 for the Reach for a Dream Foundation as a result of the 2015 St Mary’s DSG sports tour.

The sports tour to Singapore and Malaysia involved 30 hockey, netball and tennis players from Grade 10, 11 and 12 at St Mary’s DSG. The tour happens every four years and is a fantastic opportunity and experience for everyone participating.

The Reach for a Dream Foundation was the chosen charity and R1 000 was donated by the fundraising committee while a further R2 200 was donated by Debbie Cameron Physiotherapy, which included contributions from staff and clients.

Debbie said she motivated for Reach for a Dream to be the benefitting charity because she has first-hand experience of the amazing work it does for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Sarah was diagnosed with leukaemia, cancer of the blood, when she was 11 and spent nearly a year in hospital and was successfully treated with chemotherapy. The Reach for a Dream Foundation provided hope and encouragement during this trying time.

“By Godand#039;s grace, the support of the community and through her own hard work, Sarah has made a full recovery,’’ said Debbie.

“One of the goals she set for herself was to make the St Maryand#039;s DGS international hockey touring team. As a result of her illness, she had lost strength and fitness and scar tissue had formed around her spine from intrathecal chemotherapy. The ambition to make a touring team motivated Sarah to work hard on her physical condition and her selection was symbolical for her return to full health. “A teddy bear was given to her by her teacher to celebrate the day she took her last chemotherapy tablet,’’ said Debbie.

For more information on Reach for a Dream, visit www.reachfora dream.org.za - Supplied.

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