Race ‘celebrates life’

2017-07-11 06:02

The streets of Cape Town will be bustling with excitement on Wednesday 9 August (Women’s Day) when thousands of runners and walkers dressed in pink participate in the annual Totalsports Women’s Race.

The race is organised in support of PinkDrive, a non-profit company committed to improving breast cancer awareness and education and providing free services to medically uninsured citizens.

“We’re extremely grateful to be part of this year’s Totalsports Women’s Race,” says Fébé Meyer, marketing manager of PinkDrive.

“By being part of the event we are able to raise much needed funds for our organisation and are given the platform to educate people regarding the importance of early detection. The race creates an environment where people can celebrate life and ­womanhood.”

According to Meagan Davids, mammographer of PinkDrive Cape Town, the race gives PinkDrive the opportunity to reach men and women with the crucial message that “early detection saves lives”.

“In addition to creating awareness around breast cancer, people get to share stories and motivate each other to test and be aware of any changes in their bodies,” says Davids. “Last year a group of six women stood out for me. They participated in support of their mother and aunt, whom they pushed in a wheelchair. They were all dressed in pink and made a lot of noise. This to me is camaraderie. With this event you can truly honour and remember those touched by the disease. You also get to see others doing all in their might to fight back.”

Jennifer Heunis, a breast cancer survivor from Rondebosch, will take on the 10km route with her niece.

“I survived breast cancer twice,” says Heunis. “I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2000 and then again in 2003. I am no runner, but will be doing the 10km together with my niece, Bellamy. She was three when I was first diagnosed and she used to introduce me to her friends as ‘this is my aunty and she has cancer’. Bellamy has been an amazing pillar of support throughout the years. I am training hard so that I can keep up with her.

“Exercise is essential in dealing with cancer. It also helps you feel more positive. Breast cancer can be beaten; I am proof of that.

“Races like these are extremely important as the entry fee helps others in need.”

PinkDrive will be offering free clinical breast examinations at the race and will educate participants on the importance of self- breast examinations.

The streets of Cape Town will be bustling with excitement on Wednesday 9 August (Women’s Day) when thousands of runners and walkers dressed in pink participate in the annual Totalsports Women’s Race.

The race is organised in support of PinkDrive, a non-profit company committed to improving breast cancer awareness and education and providing free services to medically uninsured citizens.

“We’re extremely grateful to be part of this year’s Totalsports Women’s Race,” says Fébé Meyer, marketing manager of PinkDrive.

“By being part of the event we are able to raise much needed funds for our organisation and are given the platform to educate people regarding the importance of early detection. The race creates an environment where people can celebrate life and ­womanhood.”

According to Meagan Davids, mammographer of PinkDrive Cape Town, the race gives PinkDrive the opportunity to reach men and women with the crucial message that “early detection saves lives”.

“In addition to creating awareness around breast cancer, people get to share stories and motivate each other to test and be aware of any changes in their bodies,” says Davids. “Last year a group of six women stood out for me. They participated in support of their mother and aunt, whom they pushed in a wheelchair. They were all dressed in pink and made a lot of noise. This to me is camaraderie. With this event you can truly honour and remember those touched by the disease. You also get to see others doing all in their might to fight back.”

Jennifer Heunis, a breast cancer survivor from Rondebosch, will take on the 10km route with her niece.

“I survived breast cancer twice,” says Heunis. “I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2000 and then again in 2003. I am no runner, but will be doing the 10km together with my niece, Bellamy. She was three when I was first diagnosed and she used to introduce me to her friends as ‘this is my aunty and she has cancer’. Bellamy has been an amazing pillar of support throughout the years. I am training hard so that I can keep up with her.

“Exercise is essential in dealing with cancer. It also helps you feel more positive. Breast cancer can be beaten; I am proof of that.

“Races like these are extremely important as the entry fee helps others in need.”

PinkDrive will be offering free clinical breast examinations at the race and will educate participants on the importance of self- breast examinations.

The streets of Cape Town will be bustling with excitement on Wednesday 9 August (Women’s Day) when thousands of runners and walkers dressed in pink participate in the annual Totalsports Women’s Race.

The race is organised in support of PinkDrive, a non-profit company committed to improving breast cancer awareness and education and providing free services to medically uninsured citizens.

“We’re extremely grateful to be part of this year’s Totalsports Women’s Race,” says Fébé Meyer, marketing manager of PinkDrive.

“By being part of the event we are able to raise much needed funds for our organisation and are given the platform to educate people regarding the importance of early detection. The race creates an environment where people can celebrate life and ­womanhood.”

According to Meagan Davids, mammographer of PinkDrive Cape Town, the race gives PinkDrive the opportunity to reach men and women with the crucial message that “early detection saves lives”.

“In addition to creating awareness around breast cancer, people get to share stories and motivate each other to test and be aware of any changes in their bodies,” says Davids. “Last year a group of six women stood out for me. They participated in support of their mother and aunt, whom they pushed in a wheelchair. They were all dressed in pink and made a lot of noise. This to me is camaraderie. With this event you can truly honour and remember those touched by the disease. You also get to see others doing all in their might to fight back.”

Jennifer Heunis, a breast cancer survivor from Rondebosch, will take on the 10km route with her niece.

“I survived breast cancer twice,” says Heunis. “I was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in 2000 and then again in 2003. I am no runner, but will be doing the 10km together with my niece, Bellamy. She was three when I was first diagnosed and she used to introduce me to her friends as ‘this is my aunty and she has cancer’. Bellamy has been an amazing pillar of support throughout the years. I am training hard so that I can keep up with her.

“Exercise is essential in dealing with cancer. It also helps you feel more positive. Breast cancer can be beaten; I am proof of that.

“Races like these are extremely important as the entry fee helps others in need.”

PinkDrive will be offering free clinical breast examinations at the race and will educate participants on the importance of self- breast examinations.

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