Runners Aim to Support CANSA
7 March 2016 – A group of 30 runners, all having been affected by cancer in some way, are focused on raising funds for CANSA, culminating in sponsored participation in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 26 March 2016.
“Every member of the team is either a cancer Survivor or is close to someone who has suffered from it,” says team leader Jacques Slabber (45). “We are all driven by the need to take some kind of action to help to reduce the cancer risk and manage cancer, improving the lives of cancer patients and those affected by the disease.”
In the group’s case, the action they are taking is to raise R1 million for CANSA this year – their efforts so far have resulted in them being R640 000 closer to their target.
Slabber’s wife, Julia (44), is in remission after a two-and-half year battle with breast cancer . “After the initial shock of Julia’s diagnosis, I realised I needed to do something significant to help to fight this terrible disease,” says Slabber who is, himself, a Surivor of bone cancer which was treated when he was a teenager.
“My own experience gave me insight into how to help Julia through her ordeal, which is ongoing until she has been without the disease for five years,” he says. But it was also engaging with other Survivors and their families in oncology wards that led Slabber to start the running group and to set the R1 million fundraising goal.
Says CANSA CEO Elize Joubert: “We are inspired by Jacques and his team of runners. Often efforts are focused on supporting cancer Survivors, with little attention being paid to their families and friends. These are the people who are, in many cases, the Survivors’ caregivers. They also need support.”
Read related article, posted earlier this year, where Jacques shares about his experience as a caregiver & watch 2015 video clip…
Focused and Determined
“It is a big ask, but we are focused and determined to reach our goal,” says Slabber. The group has received support from companies such as Microsoft, who have donated an Xbox console for raffling; and Tsogo Sun, who are providing accommodation for the team when they take part in the Two Oceans Marathon. In addition, an artist, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated a painting which is to be sold for R100 000,” says Slabber.
Team member Keagan Botha, a 33-year-old chartered account who is currently on a sabbatical, has watched several people close to him struggle with cancer. “We all need to work to create awareness of how to manage living with cancer and to give Survivors the best chance against the disease,” he says.
“We are all activists, if you think about it. When you have an opinion and are sharing knowledge – that is activism. Shaving your hair off once in a while and growing a moustache also count, as well as taking part in the Two Oceans Marathon. Every little bit that you can do to raise awareness is important.”
Make a Donation
Funds raised will help keep CANSA’s mobile health clinics on the road to provide clinical breast cancer examinations to rural communities. CANSA also offers support to breast cancer survivors at 11 CANSA Care Homes country wide, offering them care, support, transport and meals while getting treatment.
Any financial support raised from this campaign assists with purchasing breast prostheses and wigs for breast cancer Survivors. CANSA also produces CancerCare Coping kits (audio CD and booklet), specifically for newly diagnosed cancer patients that gives info and practical tips to make coping with cancer easier for them and their loved ones & also provides other online support opportunities for cancer Survivors, loved ones and Caregivers.
To make a donation to the cause, you can:
- Contact Slabber at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make an online donation to the RunnersAgainstCancer fundraising page via GivenGain (All funds donated on the GivenGain Website go directly to CANSA. This is an international website that hosts fundraising causes).
For more info visit the RunnersAgainstCancer Facebook Page