Choc ‘goes for gold’

2016-09-06 06:00
Go for gold with Choc. Photo: supplied

Go for gold with Choc. Photo: supplied

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SEPTEMBER is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation will be selling gold ribbons to create awareness of childhood cancer.

Agie Govender, Choc KZN regional manager said: “Our children are far more precious than gold.

“September is the gold ribbon month and this is a time where globally, countries honour and remember children and families affected by this rare disease, and help rally awareness on the early warning signs of childhood cancer.

“Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation SA encourages South Africans to ‘go for gold’ by purchasing the gold ribbon from the online Choc store or nearest Choc offices. The ribbon is to be worn throughout September. This will go a long way in highlighting the disease and showing support to those battling cancer around the world,” she said.

Govender urged the community to join in the campaign to paint South Africa in gold to make others aware of this disease and help our children have hope and fight this terrible disease.

“Choc is the only organisation in South Africa that provides nationwide physical and psychosocial support to children with cancer and other life-threatening blood disorders – and their families. The organisation, which has a head office, six regional offices and 12 accommodation facilities, also supports the specialist treatment facilities in academic hospitals.

“Support Childhood Cancer Month – go gold for the future of our precious children is not to be compromised,” said Govender.

- Supplied.

Warning signs of childhood cancer

Seek: Medical help for early, persistent symptoms.

Eye: White spots in the eye, new squint, blindness, bulging eyeball

Lump: In the abdomen, pelvis, head, neck, limbs, testes, glands.

Unexplained: Fever, loss of appetite and weight, pallor, fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding.

Aching: Bones, back and easy fractures.

Neurological: Change in behaviour, gait and milestones, headaches, enlargement of head.

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