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CANSA – Honouring Survivors for 80 Years

CANSA – Honouring Survivors for 80 Years

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The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) has been honouring and caring for cancer survivors for the past 80 years. As part of International Cancer Survivor’s Day on Sunday, 5th June 2011, CANSA is encouraging all South Africans to celebrate HOPE and life with survivors and their families with a special day of HOPE, support and nurturing. Read more on how to encourage a cancer survivor

“A cancer survivor is anyone who has heard the words ‘you have cancer’ at any stage in their life,” says Sue Janse Van Rensburg, CANSA’s CEO and a cancer survivor of 27 years. “Our purpose is to empower survivors to fight back during their cancer journey and to make them realise that they are not alone after their initial treatment is over.”

CANSA’s wide-reaching health programme includes prevention and education campaigns, patient care and support – CANSA continues to help cancer survivors and their families and friends by providing support through Cancer Care Centres that offer stoma and lymphoedema clinics, day-care services, support groups and care home services. Read more:  CANSA Cares Leaflet

CANSA facilitates special programmes where cancer survivors are honoured and celebrated such as CANSA Relay For Life – a gathering that celebrates the lives of those who are survivors, as well as those who lost the battle. It’s a fun-filled, overnight get-together by a community, that mobilises cancer survivors and corporate companies throughout the country to celebrate survivors, (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones that have passed away from cancer and raise money for the fight against cancer.

Van Rensburg explains “Relay For Life is a great way to honour and remember survivors as well get involved in the fight against cancer.  We host Relay events in every Province in South Africa and we invite you all to take part and show your support”.

In celebration of their 80th Anniversary, CANSA is hosting the first Corporate Relay For Life on 3 & 4 September in Pretoria.  “Cancer survivors and colleagues work side-by-side daily and may not know that colleagues are cancer survivors. And by all of us taking part by entering a team at a Relay For Life event in our community, we showing our support and commitment to fighting back against cancer.” she concluded.

At a Relay For Life (RFL), team members take turns to walk or run around a track for 12 to 14 hours. Participants enjoy camping-out, entertainment, good food, games and team building. People who join all share a common purpose – to help CANSA in the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the RFL event are used to fight cancer country-wide.

There are many survivors who have a powerful testimony of survival and strength to share with others undergoing the same journey.  CANSA invites all survivors and caregivers to share their message of HOPE and moments of strength with others facing the same challenges.  They are encouraged to join CANSA’s ‘Champions of Hope’ Facebook Group. For information on local events and activities visit the CANSA website at or call CANSA toll-free on 0800 22 66 22. Queries may be directed to


CANSA offers a unique, integrated service to the public and all people affected by cancer. As a leading role-player in cancer research (R4,5 million spent annually), the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public.

Our wide-reaching health programme includes prevention and education campaigns, patient care and support in the form of 13 Care Homes and the main metropolitan areas plus one hospitium (based in Polokwane) for out-of-town cancer patients, Care Centres centres that offer stoma and lymphoedema clinics, medical equipment hire, toll-free line and support to children and their families affected by cancer via our CANSA Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) programme. CANSA gives out free Cancer Coping kits in English, seSotho, isiZulu and Afrikaans funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

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For more information, please contact CANSA’s Lucy Balona, Executive Manager: Marketing & Communication or email:, Tel: 011 616 7662, Cell: 082 459 5230.


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