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RUNNING FOR A CAUSE
In 2005 I took a decision to lose weight,I joined a group of friends on weekends hiking different trails of Western Cape during the week I’ll walk around my neighborhood. 2008 I participated in the “Discovery Big Walk” I did 30km 2013 50km. Then a friend of mine based in Johannesburg convinced me to start running, that’s how the running bug kicked. 2017 I ran my 1st Ultra Marathon (Two Oceans 56km) finished in 6:58 and decided never to run Two Oceans again. Then an idea came through my mind that I should run for a good cause in 2019 and Groote Schuur Hospital Oncology Unit was my preferred choice. Having history with the hospital, whom once saved my life when I had pre-eclampsia with my second born child in 1992.
In 2011 my father was diagnosed with cologne cancer and he was their patient until he passed away in 2014 December. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer and she’s currently GSH patient.
MEET GROOTE SCHUUR
Groote Schuur Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology treats more than 3000 new cancer patients per year and sees nearly 38000 patients annually at follow up clinics. Cancer patients are a brave and vulnerable group who deserve to be treated with care and compassion in a serene environment conducive to the promotion of wellness. The L-block clinics are extremely busy and in need of an upgrade to ensure the comfort of patients. We need funds to improve the patient waiting area and clinical areas.
A lick of paint, comfortable seats and spruced up toilets are our immediate requirements. Future needs are a new Brachytherapy theatre and patient recovery area to enable us to deliver state of the art Brachytherapy to patients with cervix and prostate cancer. Children with retinoblastoma are referred to Groote Schuur Hospital from all over South Africa as this is the only unit in Africa with the expertise to treat this devastating malignancy using Brachytherapy.