CANSA Relay For Life

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Michael Williams: Global Hero of Hope (Survivor)

My cancer journey started two years ago. The day after Father’s Day, I fell ill and was rushed to hospital where I underwent many tests .Friday 25 June 2021, without any pre-counselling, I was advised that I have been diagnosed with lung cancer. I underwent further tests and on 6 July 2021 it was confirmed the type of cancer was lymphoma. I started chemotherapy treatment on 16 July 2021 and was taking 27 pills daily. 25 November 2021, I was fortunate enough to ring the bell, signaling the end of my chemotherapy treatment. 13 January 2022 I had a PET scan and was declared cancer free on 25 January 2022!

At this point I knew I wanted to give back to my community, focusing on cancer awareness for men. I do monthly motivational talks and, in October 2022, I put together a programme for my church where we shared testimonies of cancer survivors, our young children, caregivers, family support and ended with a Luminaria ceremony. In December 2022, I arranged a collection of 50 Santa Shoe boxes, among family and friends, for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital and spent the day at the CANSA Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) ward. I am an active member of the Westridge Cancer Survivors support group.

I had three teams register, and participate in the 2023 CANSA Relay For Life, Mitchells Plain, event. I will continue to unite in the fight against cancer.

My cancer support group and being around other cancer survivors makes me feel that I am not walking this road alone. I am treated as a VIP at our CANSA Relay For Life, Mitchells Plain events and this is my community where I feel welcomed.

My involvement in CANSA Relay For Life helps me to motivate others and spread the message that as a survivor, you can overcome your disease.



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