No-one can stare cancer in the face and not be afraid for their loved ones and for the future.
But there’s one thing that’s stronger than fear – HOPE!
Fear cannot survive where there is Hope.
Hope can even soothe pain and improve health.
And your online donation will help to bring Hope and comfort to cancer Survivors!
Our caring services are provided by highly qualified staff and volunteers, all totally committed, loving and caring people. Many of them have ‘been there’ too.
The first time we spoke to Sister Tersia Fourie, we could feel the positive vibes pouring down the phone line. She truly inspires Hope!
Sr. Tersia is the Manager of our CANSA Care Centre in George. She’s had a passion for caring for cancer Survivors for almost 20 years.
She shares how this unfolded . . .
“I needed to be able to help Survivors with lymphoedema after breast cancer surgery, so I enrolled for a CANSA lymphoedema management course.
“At that time I had plans to go into private practice. But CANSA asked me to help with a patient – how could I refuse?
“I met Mrs Irma Bruschi at the Lymphoedema Clinic, and just three months later her husband passed away. She wanted to leave a legacy in his name in appreciation of the wonderful care she’d received at CANSA.
Mrs Bruschi donated a property in George and CANSA asked Sr. Tersia to start the CANSA Irma Bruschi Care Home. It opened on 10 July 2010.
“Cancer patients need lots of TLC. I check each one every week to make sure their radiation site is healthy,” says Sr. Tersia, “and I encourage them to draw Hope from the small positive things.
“For many, staying in the Care Home while they get their treatment at the George hospital has changed their outlook on life – they’ve had the time and space to deal with their personal issues and come to terms with their cancer.
“It makes working long hours and always being on call all worthwhile. But it’s your on-going partnership in caring that makes it possible.”
And because our caring work never lets up we’re hoping you’ll make your Care Partners donation very soon, because HOPE is stronger than the fear cancer instills, and caring support is what causes HOPE to bloom.