CANSA Relay For Life

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At the heart of CANSA Relay For Life is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have left us and create awareness about cancer…

 Are you ready to do your part? Join us by registering for your local CANSA Relay For Life event here or donate to our CANSA Relay For Life fundraising efforts.

To find out where your local CANSA Relay For Life Committee will be hosting a Relay For Life event in your community contact Anita Snyders | asnyders@cansa.org.za


*Important Announcement

The safety and health of our cancer patients, volunteers and staff is paramount.

As our most valued partner, we assure you that CANSA is taking all the necessary precautions to minimise the impact of COVID-19.  Cancer patients are among those at high risk of serious illness from an infection because their immune systems are often vulnerable.

Wear masks, maintain social distance & sanitise.


Meet our 2022 Global Heroes of Hope (GHOH)

We are honoured and excited to share with you our South African 2022 Global Heroes of Hope! Each one of our newly selected Global heroes brings a face and voice to the cancer battle as well as reinforces the importance of the work we do on a daily basis…

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Marlene Pretorius: GHOH (Survivor) “By helping others, I believe you heal”

By helping others, I believe you heal, as we need to be reminded of people that we can relate to. Relay For Life is a symbol of HOPE for so many people – we live in the most negative, destructive times, and why not honour those that survived, those who are still fighting, and those who unfortunately lost their battle to cancer. It brings unity, as well as make people aware of how many cancer patients there are out there, and that we need to rethink our way of living, we must help those in need…

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Angelique Nel: GHOH (Caregiver) – CANSA RFL has helped me and my family to have HOPE

Now that my daughter is in remission, I want to help make a difference and help other families, give them knowledge to make informed decisions – knowledge I did not have three years ago. Helping people cope with emotions and assist them in having faith and that this road in front of them can be conquered. This inspired me to be part of CANSA Relay For Life…

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Adriana Robinson: GHOH (Survivor) – CANSA RFL gave me a platform to celebrate my survival

I have a very special place in my heart for CANSA. I have been involved with CANSA Relay For Life since it started in Oudtshoorn many years ago. I also attended a CANSA Relay For Life in Swellendam. I am proud to have been part Survivor ceremony from the start of my CANSA Relay journey…

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Daniël de Witt: GHOH (Caregiver) – Give back that HOPE in the darkness

Being a younger caregiver, I could relate to other teenagers and young adults that are caregivers and the feeling of being totally helpless. Now you must care for the person that always cares for you, it is terrifying, “What if something happens?” or “What if I can’t help?” I have been part of the CANSA Relay For Life for over 10 years and I am currently a committee member on CANSA Relay For Life Pretoria. I am actively involved in all CANSA events because I felt like since I could not help that much when I was young, but I can give back now. Give back that smile when the tears are in the way and give back that HOPE in the darkness…

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Robyn Leon: GHOH (Survivor) – Relay For Life is a family of warriors

After being introduced to CANSA Relay For Life as a visitor in 2014, I then became part of the survivors & team member as part of Team Sparkle at CANSA Relay For Life Athlone in 2017 and what an honour to be invited as a Survivor to CANSA Relay For Life Paarl in 2018. Every year I Relay! It encourages everyone, not only people living with cancer, but their loved ones who have lost a loved one and the warriors who won their battle and are able to share their own journeys…

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Marlene Jordaan: GHOH (Caregiver) – Cancer never sleeps therefore we Relay

To other Caregivers, I know it is not easy, you sometimes feel that you are lost, that you are the one to shoulder the battle and not the Survivor. You have days you feel alone and not sure how to support your “Survivor” whether it is a friend, a family member or partner. Talk to other people, whether it is a friend or other caregivers and encourage each other. I found my first Relay to make the difference as it is only when you Relay that you understand the meaning and that there are others with the same battle. You realise there is friendship and support in this community…

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Mike Robinson: GHOH (Caregiver) – CANSA RFL gave us a new outlook and life

CANSA brought hope when there was none – and today we give back through our experience, being there as a caregiver to those who need us. For cancer survivors to Relay means that they have survived another year, and for me as caregiver. I Relay to give hope to others and the strength to go on…

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David Lucas: GHOH (Survivor) – The opportunity to change even just one life

I can only think that my diagnosis laid upon my heart the realisation that God wanted me to give back to my community the opportunity to change even just one life. I never imagined that there would be a national footprint with Relay For Life, but I just knew that involvement would be what is right, and God directed. Thus, my involvement was born out of a yearning to be of service and CANSA Relay For Life has been offering me that platform since 2011…

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Global Hero of Hope, Daniel de Wit talks about #CloseTheCareGap for World Cancer Day

CANSA Relay For Life Global Hero of Hope, Daniel de Wit talks about #CloseTheCareGap for World Cancer Day. CANSA Closing the Gap in Cancer Care

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Message from Global Hero of Hope for #CloseTheCareGap for World Cancer Day

I am Helen Southey- I would like to close the gap so that every patient diagnosed with cancer receive the proper treatment, care and emotional support needed and that their families also receive the necessary support- May we all help to close the gap. CANSA Closing the Gap in Cancer Care

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Cancer survivor, Elise Fourie: #CloseTheCareGap for World Cancer Day

Cancer survivor and CANSA Relay For Life Global Hero of Hope on #CloseTheCareGap for World Cancer Day CANSA Closing the Gap in Cancer Care  

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