Pelham pupils raise funds for cancer sufferer

2017-05-03 06:00

THE Pelham Senior Primary community last Wednesday raised funds for Misisizwe Khoza to help pay for his chemotherapy for his cancer recurrence.

Current and former pupils, teachers and parents each paid R10, made the word “Shine” on the school field by dressing in shiny, “blingy” and glittery attire and raise close to R15 000 for Miso.

Miso is fighting a third recurrence of Ewing sarcoma cancer, a rare cancer found in the bones, mostly affecting teenagers.

His first diagnosis was in 2013, when he was in Grade 7.

Following his latest diagnosis, Miso was scheduled to begin his first round of chemotherapy in March, however, because of the previous medical bills, his mother could not afford to send him for more treatment.

Miso told Maritzburg Fever he is grateful for the support.

“The amount of support I have received is overwhelming and I want to thank everyone who has pulled through today.

I would not be able to face this disease head on without the support.”

Pelham principal Lorrel Wissing said
Miso’s support group leaders and twins Cindy van Rensburg and Mandy Upton rallied together and approached the school to host the fund-raiser to pay for Miso’s medical treatment.

“We decided to get involved because his initial diagnosis happened when he was a pupil here.

He has embraced this disease in the most incredible way and decided to ignore the doom and gloom and opt for the positive.”

Wissing said they decided to have “Shine” as the theme for the event because Miso has been a shining example.

“We hope the money will make an incredible difference for him and that his mother will be able to cover running around costs. It was great to see how all the pupils and teachers united to support Miso.”

Van Rensburg said they have been following Miso on his journey from the start in 2013.

“My husband used to teach him rugby at Pelham, and on finding out about his diagnosis we decided to step in and offer our support.

We have been attending chemo sessions with him and also have been helping his mother walk this journey.”

Van Rensburg said they were grateful
with the amount of support they have
received from the Pietermaritzburg community.

“The Maritzburg College foundation has donated R50 000, and we have had anonymous donors donating up to R15 000 and
Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High also donated R3 000. The goal was to raise money to pay for his first chemo treatment.”

She said fortunately Miso’s medical aid will now cover his treatments.

“The money we have raised will be used to send him to Pretoria for a specific treatment for his bone marrow transplant.”

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