Shaving in support of Cansa

2015-04-29 09:24

CURTIS Huysamen, a two-time cancer survivor, has raised R11 300 for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), which has placed him third nationally in the online fundraising campaign for Shavathon 2015.

The Maritzburg College teacher said this was the second time he participated in the fundraising challenge and shaved his head at the recent Cansa Relay for Life.

“I don’t do it for the glory. I do it so that in a small way I can help someone feel better about themselves. I think that people forget about the small things.

“Shaving my head is not something major - hair grows back, but this small act will make a difference in someone else’s life,” he said.

Huysamen has been involved in Cansa for a long time and understands that money is desperately needed in the organisation.

“I’ve had cancer twice so I’ve seen what it can do to a person, both mentally and physically,” he said.

Huysamen was first diagnosed when he was seven, in 1996, and spent 14 years in remission. He then took ill and was diagnosed with leukaemia and had a bone marrow transplant, and is currently in remission.

Lisa Strydom, divisional manager of Cansa KwaZulu-Natal thanked Huysamen for his contribution to the organisation and for being a light for others who are walking the same journey.

“Having cancer changes you, surviving it makes you a new person. I often think of myself as weird because I am overly positive about things, but it teaches you to look at the bigger picture,” said Huysamen

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