Group on mission to raise funds for cancer survivor

2010-06-18 00:00

JOSH Rencken (16) has survived leukaemia thanks to a successful bone marrow transplant, but he has a long recovery ahead and his family face a mountain of medical bills.

That is why about 30 supporters of the fight against cancer will be braving the mighty Sani Pass tomorrow. Their mission is clear. They will hike or cycle three hours from the South Africa border post to the Lesotho border post, and another three hours down again. All this is in solidarity to help raise funds for Josh’s medical expenses.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, participant Mandy Tyrer said the trail to Lesotho is an annual tribute to Jade Preston, who lost her battle with leukemia two years ago aged nine.

“The mission is called the Jade Sky Ride. Each year we try to raise funds for a cancer patient and raise awareness for the Sunflower Fund [which funds the national bone marrow registry].

“Our aim for 2010 is to raise funds for Josh Rencken. Josh is a Maritzburg College student, and because we have a great association with College, we would like to support Josh with his medical expenses,” she said.

Tyrer said the group became friends with Jade’s family after hearing of her illness.

“We only had the privilege of meeting her once. She was a beautiful girl. We have only met Josh once, but we will stay in touch with the family through this experience …”

Tyrer said anyone is welcome to join in, adding that participants who are unable to hike or cycle “should please consider donating towards Josh’s medical expenses”.

The hikers leave at 8 am from the SA border post at Sani Pass Hotel and will return at 3 pm.

For further information, contact Ian at 082 445 1162.

Contributions can be made to: Matthew Rencken, FNB account 622 5805 1144, code 221 526, reference: Josh Sky Ride/your surname

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