Emotions run high at recent CANSA event

Durbanites were happy to support the initiative and certainly showed their solidarity.

In commemoration of World Cancer Day, which was observed on February 4, residents throughout Durban participated in Let’s Gijima, a five kilometre family run to Snell Parade.

The fun run was hosted by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) with the assistance of Zapper, which created an online platform for participants to purchase tickets.

Spirits were high as more than 800 colourful supporters shared their stories, smiles and words of encouragement while they prepared to race.

CANSA’s divisional services manager (KZN) Cara Noble said, “The goal of the day was to get people active, look after their bodies and inspire them to be tested for cancer.”

People were also encouraged to dye their hair different colours at the hairspray stand.  Wendy Alexander, a runner and survivor of breast cancer, was overcome with emotion as she witnessed a selfless act by another female runner who cut off her ponytail and donated it to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy.

“It touches my heart when I see the generosity of others. As women, we need to stand together to spread the word that cancer can be beaten. Today, I run for all my sisters unable to run for themselves, hoping and praying that they can also be here next year, healthy and strong,” said Alexander.

All funds that were raised by Zapper and CANSA will be used to provide accommodation and meals to patients while they receive treatment. The funds will also be used to provide counselling to people living with the disease and their family members.

 

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