A family member introduced me to CANSA Relay For Life and I immediately knew that CANSA Relay for Life would always be part of me. I want to create awareness and inspire other cancer patients.
During the treatment I lost my hair… and my husband, but I managed to regain the purpose and meaning of life. My children were my inspiration not to give up.
The interaction with fellow fighters and survivors is inspirational. The kindness and support so many people affected by cancer is priceless.
Although I didn’t suffer the physical pain, I experienced the horror, the paralysing fear as I heard that my beloved wife had breast cancer in 2002. My greatest fears were losing my wife and not been able to cope without her.
It was after one chemotherapy session that I decided to visit CANSA Vaal Triangle Care Centre. I was so sick and pale. I felt too ugly to face the world. I needed some motivation, a make-over, or I could just stay at home and hide from the world.
I am passionate about providing support and care for others. I have been able to do this through CANSA Relay For Life Athlone and in my workplace where I am also able to lobby support and resources for the cancer cause.
Today we at CANSA are sad to share the news that one of our Global Heroes of Hope, Jana du Plessis has passed away due to cancer.
“I contribute my healing to the unconditional love and support that I have received from family and friends. CANSA Relay For Life has become part of that family too.”
“Leatitia’s passion for CANSA; coaching & mentoring skills; conflict resolution is what makes her the leading staff partner.
The community in and around East London has totally taken ownership of “their”Relay, with a total mix of cultures across the board, and the comaradie and companionship experienced at the Relay is something to see.
“We are not crazy. We are just firm believers in travelling the road assigned to us – If you look closely, even if the Karoo looks dry and barren to you now, you should see it after the rainy season. “
The father of two was devastated, first losing his job and then being diagnosed with a terminal illness. What seemed like a death sentence had turned into a very inspiring story for the mine worker.
The highlight of the event was the pure survival instinct of a 16 year old cancer survivor, who walked the track from the beginning to the end of the CANSA Relay For Life Klerksdorp. At midnight, his legs got tired but he refused to give up.