Cancer survivor becomes ambassador for annual Big Walk

2019-09-12 06:01
Uitenhage cancer survivor, Doctor Lesley Lee has become an ambassador for the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer and she will be participating in the annual walk on October 26.                   Photo: SUPPLIED

Uitenhage cancer survivor, Doctor Lesley Lee has become an ambassador for the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer and she will be participating in the annual walk on October 26. Photo: SUPPLIED

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ALGOA FM Big Walk for Cancer ambassador Doctor Lesley Lee from Uitenhage who lost her leg due to cancer will be celebrating her first steps and victories against Cancer at the 21st annual walk on October 26.

Lee, who is a divisional head at Volkswagen South Africa in Uitenhage, said she is looking forward to her first year as brand ambassador for what has become the single biggest public participation charity event in the Eastern Cape.

Lee holds a PhD in Change Management and lost her right leg to a rare form of cancer when she was in grade 11.

Algoa FM marketing manager Toinette Koumpan said this year’s walk is themed “celebrate every step” as a tribute to those who have been affected by cancer either personally or through a loved one.

The Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture has increased its involvement in the Big Walk for Cancer, as it has recognised the contribution the event makes to encouraging people to change their lifestyle and to walk regularly, as well as participating in other forms of athletic events, she said.

“We are looking forward to celebrating every step with not only our ambassadors but the thousands of Big Walk participants who join us in this journey year after year’” says Koumpan.

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) will be this year’s beneficiary. In 2018 it used funds raised by the Big Walk to purchase a mobile mole finder which detects signs of skin cancer.

“CANSA Association does a remarkable job, supporting cancer sufferers and their families in all Eastern Cape communities,” says Koumpan.

This year, the Big Walk for Cancer will also be more environmentally friendly as bottle recycling stations will be placed at the main points along the five-kilometre route.

Sizwe Kupelo, provincial health spokesperson said the Department of Health will once again be a part of the journey, providing Eastern Cape residents with free screenings and information clinics in an effort to promote early detection throughout the province.

“The screenings will take place in three towns as a build up to the Big Walk in Port Elizabeth and residents are encouraged to exercise, eat healthy and walk for at least 30 minutes every day to curb lifestyle diseases,” said Kupelo.

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