Showing support for Cansa

2018-03-13 06:01
PHOTO: Phindile ShoziJohan Truter has his hair shaved in honour of his family members who have died of cancer.

PHOTO: Phindile ShoziJohan Truter has his hair shaved in honour of his family members who have died of cancer.

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LOSING family members to cancer made Johan Truter swear that he would always support the Cansa Shavathon initiative.

This initiative allows South Africans to show solidarity with those affected by cancer.

Losing one’s hair is a common side-effect of cancer therapy, so shaving one’s head, spray-painting one’s hair or donating to the event have become symbolic gestures of support for cancer survivors.

For Truter, losing nine members of his family to cancer in the past seven years has been devastating and this initiative is therefore something that is close to his heart.

He said shaving his hair in honour of his family that he lost to cancer has become a yearly tradition for him.

“I do it every year and it’s a sign that says they may be gone but not forgotten,” said Truter.

He said that in the past two years, he has lost his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, “When I support this initiative it gives me a sense of peace that the gesture is for them and that they are no long in pain.”

He added that this gesture for him is also a contribution to his brothers and sisters in blue, who died due to cancer.

“I would urge people to participate in this yearly event, not only because they lost their loved ones to cancer, but to show support,” he said.

“Actions should speak louder than words; let us all make a difference.”

To find out more or make a donation, visit the Cansa website at http://


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