Bereaved DJ runs for cancer patients

2010-05-21 00:00

SOUTH African musician and radio personality Brad Brown is lending his distinctive voice to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer by running the 85th Comrades Marathon this year.

His “89 Memories — One Race” initiative is in support of PinkDrive, an organisation committed to breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Brown has given businesses, families and individuals an opportunity to sponsor each of the 89 kilometres of the race that he runs, and will run each kilometre in honour of a woman who has lived with breast cancer.

During the race on May 30, Brown will run with a list of the names of each of the women.

The race is a personal one for Brown, whose first kilometre will be run as a tribute to his mother, Lynthia, who lost her battle with breast cancer on Sunday morning.

“My mom had been battling this horrible disease for a while now. I wanted to do something to make a difference, not necessarily in her fight with cancer, but if I could prevent someone else going through what my mom endured,” says Brown.

“She had been in high spirits and was planning on being along the route in Pinetown to cheer all the runners on. Unfortunately she passed away on May 16, so she won’t be in Pinetown, but she will definitely be along the entire route in spirit.”.

When Brown decided to run the race 11 months ago, he weighed 165 kg.

“There have been many times when I’ve wanted to throw in the towel, but I just kept telling myself that what I am doing is a walk in the park compared to what my mom and other cancer sufferers have to go through,” he says.

Brown underwent a stringent training programme to prepare himself for the race, but says his real motivator will be the women he is running for.

“I have no doubt that Comrades is going to be one of the toughest days of my life, if not the toughest. I will take strength and courage from the way my mom fought the disease,” he says.

Toyota South Africa has partnered Brown in his campaign and will double the money raised through the “89 Memories — One Race” initiative.

The money will be used by PinkDrive to fund and expand their mobile breast units, which provide affordable mammograms for those who are able to pay and subsidise free mammograms for those who cannot.

“PinkDrive is an amazing organisation when it comes to breast cancer awareness and prevention. Breast cancer affects tons of people and if it is detected early enough it is curable,” says Brown.

Further details of Brown’s effort are available at

Donations of R30 can be made to PinkDrive by SMSing “run” to 42220.

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