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Elaine Bronkhorst: Global Hero of Hope

Elaine Bronkhorst: Global Hero of Hope

I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 37 years old. It was a great shock to me as my worst fears were confirmed. I was happily married with two children. My support system, my family was great; encouraging me to hold on, be strong and keep my head up high.

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. But I also needed information and medical advice. It was this day that I was welcomed into the family – “The CANSA Family”.

I felt the need to help and motivate other patients also battling ‘the Big C’ the way that I had been helped that day.
It has been ten years and I am still part of ‘the CANSA family’ and actively participate in not only CANSA Relay For Life, but also CANSA Shavathon, Breast Walks, Cuppa For CANSA and all other fundraising activities.

I strive to help people, keep them positive and show them how to rather celebrate life.


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