Cancer survivors race to give hope

2018-02-13 06:00
Reach for recovery members inspire victims of cancer.

Reach for recovery members inspire victims of cancer.

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Reach for Recovery (RFR) members based in Mowbray worked up a sweat at the 2018 Lace Up for Cancer race at the Castle of Good Hope over the weekend to give hope to other cancer survivors in the province. Two teams participated in the initiative aimed at commemorating annual World Cancer Day on 2 February.

The eight women are all cancer survivors with different stories to tell. They all say they would not miss an opportunity to give hope to other people going through what they have experienced.

Carla Lind, chairperson of RFR, explains that they were not just involved in the actual races, but they made sure their message and support were directly given to all who participated. “On Saturday our volunteers did breast cancer awareness at the RFR stand where pamphlets and pink ribbons were handed out. They also gave practical and emotional support to participants fetching their race numbers and multicoloured laces who have suffered from breast cancer,” she says.

Volunteer Dee Jacobs says that her journey with cancer began 30 years ago, when there were too many stigmas associated to it and was very difficult to get support. She says she too has lost loved ones to cancer, hence she could not miss out the opportunity to give her support to those in need.

“There is also a stigma attached to cancer like with HIV/Aids. In some communities you would get ostracised,” she says.

She says initiatives like these provide a platform for networking and knowledge sharing among survivors and their family and friends.

Another survivor, Sue Gie, gives some words of support to all those affected by cancer: “My message to others who may have just received this diagnosis or to those who have a loved one or friend on this journey is, life is precious and each day is new. Do not give up. Find a friend or help in one of the numerous groups and organisations that will meet your needs out there.”

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