Help breast cancer survivors

2016-10-12 06:00

WHEN a woman has survived breast cancer and ended up minus one or even two breasts, she is normally experiencing an intense lack of self-esteem, depression and fear of the future.

Sometimes such a woman has no financial means to afford breast prostheses, let alone breast reconstruction.

There is help through Reach for Recovery’s Ditto Project, supported annually by the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (Samfa), Pick n Pay and Thermopac, through their Power of Pink campaign.

Samfa’s chairperson, Ross Richardson, said: “Most people don’t realise how many women are living without breasts after a mastectomy. We are proud to announce that we are running the Power of Pink campaign in October with the sole purpose of raising funds for the Reach for Recovery Ditto Project to purchase silicone prostheses for breast cancer survivors without financial means. Look out for our trademark pink mushroom punnets on shelves in Pick n Pay for the entire October.

“R1 from each punnet of whole and sliced white button mushrooms purchased goes to Reach for Recovery.”

Why mushrooms and breast cancer?

Research around the cancer fighting potential of mushrooms indicates that mushrooms could be one of the most powerful allies in the fight against breast cancer.

Why support the Power of Pink Campaign?

“The Power of Pink Campaign offers the final empowering step in cancer treatment for thousands of South African women.

“The overall effect is a sense of recovery with self-esteem, dignity and confidence restored. It is a gift of hope,” said Reach for Recovery’s management board chairperson, Stephné Jacobs.

Who qualifies to receive?

Silicone breast prostheses from Reach for Recovery cost between R950 and R2 000.

Those in need who are state hospital patients have had a mastectomy and have a hospital registration card, qualify for a mere R80 donation to cover administrative costs.

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