September Newsletter


Be Bold and Go Gold with CHOC!

You have the power to make a change

A note from Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO
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International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a month where you could use your power to make a change.

You have the power to channel your voice to create Hope. Your voice could be the difference between a child being referred timeously to a Paediatric oncology Unit in the early stages of cancer or devastating late diagnosis. The later the referral the worse the prognosis may be and unfortunately, the tougher the journey. 

While the survival rate of SA has gradually increased over the past few years to about 55%, it is still well below the rate of developed countries (of 80 to 90%) and the WHO GICC 2030 goal of at least a 60% survival rate. In addition to this, statistics indicate that we may be missing some children and teens (who are either never diagnosed, misdiagnosed or unreported).

A key factor here is the lack of knowledge about the Early Warnings Signs of childhood cancer and to learn more, visit the CHOC website here.

If you suspect that a child or teen might have cancer and you need help, CHOC is available to assist with the right process to refer a child. Be the change for those going through the childhood cancer journey and for those who have been newly diagnosed, together let us appreciate the lives of the survivors and finally, be a voice and educate communities about
childhood cancer.  

Create awareness around childhood cancer

  • Share CHOC’s social media posts.
  • Post social media elements provided by CHOC on your company’s social media platforms.
  • Share the Siluan Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer on your employee communication platforms.
  • Upload a Twibbon to your Facebook/Instagram Profile Picture Download here.
  • Try out our Instagram filter by clicking here.
​​​​CEO Challenge

We ask you to challenge your colleagues to add their voices and destigmatise childhood cancer, in your personal capacity and utilising the company’s platforms either internally or on social media, to help us spread simple but life changing messages. Record a one-minute video with your company background. Read more by clicking here.

Purchase Ribbons

Purchase ribbons for your employees to wear as a supporter of childhood cancer this International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Click here to purchase your Ribbon for just R20.00.

 
Read more here
 
For more information contact us at [email protected] or 086 111 3500.

Meet Zimvo, mother of Othalive, the face on our September Campaign

My name is Zimvo and I am a 24-year old mother to a son named Othalive. He is now  1 year 8 months old.

My son was diagnosed with cancer called Retinoblastoma, this cancer is found in the eyes. Otha lost his eye to this type of cancer on the 4th of December 2019.

He started chemotherapy at Frere hospital in January 2020  

We stayed there for 2 months and some weeks, after that we were taken to CHOC house.

I didn’t know what CHOC house was at first when Dr. Matthews explained and said CHOC is a house for children with cancer and their mothers. Okay. When I got there, I didn’t know what to expect, but found a beautiful house full of life, lots of toys   and things to play with.

The mothers were so nice, Vuyo was so welcoming and she made us feel that CHOC indeed was A HOME AWAY FROM HOME.  At CHOC house I didn’t need to buy food, electricity or pay for water.  Everything was just there. It’s home a child with nothing to worry about when there’s something I needed I knew Sis’Vuyo always assisted. 

If it was going to town, needing personal help or advice she was always there she was basically making sure our stay at CHOC was amazing.

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Even with COVID-19 at the CHOC house, we were still comfortable we knew we were safe because the house was looked after, it was clean and we were given sanitisers in every corner from the toilet and to the dining area. We were given masks for us and our children. Pictures on the wall were posted for the little ones to see that they needed to always wash hands.

We had a wonderful stay at the CHOC house, a place to regroup and be with other mothers who will make you feel better about your situation, it was nice to be around women who have been through the same situation as you have. Winter was the warmest we ever had, with warm water and lovely knitted socks and hats, oh and little blankets for the children.

I spent a lot of time there with my son, he grew up there he learnt how to speak there, how to ride a scooter there, how be around other kids. CHOC for my son was his real home because that’s where he spent most of his time.

Thank you CHOC East London for the home away from home you have given us, and thank you Vuyo for making it a place to find our self and enjoy.

Discovery Vitality MoveToGive

Thank you Discovery Vitality for believing in the imperative work that CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA does. We are so grateful for this partnership!

You too can help make a difference and donate your Discovery Miles to CHOC through Vitality MoveToGive in the Discovery app today! discv.co/CHOCMTG22
#LiveLifeWithVitality

Every Discovery Mile can make the difference to a child’s journey with cancer a little bit more bearable.

Regional Updates

Western Cape
Canal Walk Peter Pan:
The world-class Neverland Peter Pan Theatre Production kicked off at Canal Walk on 25 June 2022 and ran for the duration of the June school holidays. Tickets were sold at R100 each and R5 of each ticket sold was donated to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Western Cape.

An amount of R150 000 has been handed over to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Western Cape.

Gauteng South

High Tea
Thank you so much to each and every person for spending the day with us, to everyone that gave freely of their time, Lizette Volkwyn, Stephanie Baartman, David Louw. To Eileen Van Tonder Jordan and Xichavo,  thank you for sharing your journey with us. To the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg thank you for spoiling us.” – Antonella Swanepoel

East London

Come Dine with me 007 Event
Thank you to all organisers, sponsors and supporters involved in making the Come Dine With Me fundraiser a successful event and memorable experience. We are truly grateful to be the beneficiary of this event.
 
Please visit our CHOC East London Facebook Group to view more amazing photos and videos.

KwaZulu-Natal

CHOC Walk up Sani Pass
Thank you to all who participated in the CHOC walk up Sani Pass in person or virtually.
This walk has become symbolic of childhood cancer heroes who walk a rugged journey by taking one step at a time and hoping that the outcomes will be positive.
 
We look forward to the next walk up Sani Pass!

Nationally

Solidarity fund
Programme monitoring is vital in effectively delivering our programmes. 

CHOC hosted The Solidarity Fund HCRF team who conducted a monitoring and evaluation visit of CHOC Saxonwold House in July.

“This was a memorable and eye-opening visit and I wish you all the best in your work!”, Khebi Sibanyoni, Client Coordinator

Nationally

Comrades
We are immensely grateful to Comrades Marathon for choosing us as one of your charities of choice, thank you for the opportunity we love being a part of this amazing event. 

Thank you to each and every one of our CHOC Cows who took part and raised money that will make a difference to so many lives!

Ways to get involved

Upcoming Events

Join us at one of our many events throughout South Africa, from online webinars to Crazy Cow events, to help us make a difference!


 

Book your slot here
Other upcoming events:

Secret Sunrise Dance for CHOC
Western Cape

10 September

View Details

Fun Walk for CHOC
Bloemfontein

17 September

View Details

CHOC Cyclethon
Gauteng

18 September

View Details

CHOC Webinar – Boldly Creating Hope
Online

28 September

View Details

​​​T​​​o view more upcoming events, please click here​​

To spread hope, follow us on the social media platforms below

Our mailing address is:
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation
45 Homestead Road
The Avenues Office Park

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Rivonia
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Email:
[email protected]

Tel:
086 111 3500

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Be Bold and Go Gold with CHOC!

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You have the power to make a change

​​​​​​​​​A note from Hedley Lewis, CHOC CEO
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International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is a month where you could use your power to make a change.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​You have the power to channel your voice to create Hope. Your voice could be the difference between a child being referred
timeously to a Paediatric oncology Unit in the early stages of cancer or devastating late diagnosis. The later the referral the worse the prognosis may be and unfortunately, the tougher the journey. 

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While the survival rate of SA has gradually increased over the past few years to about 55%, it is still well below the rate of developed countries (of 80 to 90%) and the WHO GICC 2030 goal of at least a 60% survival rate. In addition to this, statistics indicate that we may be missing some children and teens (who are either never diagnosed, misdiagnosed or unreported).
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​​​​​​​​​​​​A key factor here is the lack of knowledge about the Early Warnings Signs of childhood cancer and to learn more, visit the CHOC website here.

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If you suspect that a child or teen might have cancer and you need help, CHOC is available to assist with the right process to refer a child. Be the change for those going through the childhood cancer journey and for those who have been newly diagnosed, together let us appreciate the lives of the survivors and finally, be a voice and educate communities about childhood cancer.  

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Create awareness around childhood cancer

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      Share CHOC’s social media posts.

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      Post social media elements provided by CHOC on your company’s social media platforms.

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      Share the Siluan Early Warning Signs of childhood cancer on your employee communication platforms.

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      Upload a Twibbon to your Facebook/Instagram Profile Picture Download here.

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      Try out our Instagram filter by clicking here.

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​​​​CEO Challenge

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We ask you to challenge your colleagues to add their voices and destigmatise childhood cancer, in your personal capacity and utilising the company’s platforms either internally or on social media, to help us spread simple but life changing messages. Record a one-minute video with your company background. Read more by clicking here.

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Purchase Ribbons

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Purchase ribbons for your employees to wear as a supporter of childhood cancer this International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
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​​​​​​​​​For more information contact us at [email protected] or 086 111 3500.

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Meet Zimvo, mother of Othalive, the face on our September Campaign

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My name is Zimvo and I am a 24-year old mother to a son named Othalive. He is now  1 year 8 months old.

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My son was diagnosed with cancer called Retinoblastoma, this cancer is found in the eyes. Otha lost his eye to this type of cancer on the 4th of December 2019.

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He started chemotherapy at Frere hospital in January 2020
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​​​​​​​​​​​​We stayed there for 2 months and some weeks, after that we were taken to CHOC house.

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I didn’t know what CHOC house was at first when Dr. Matthews explained and said CHOC is a house for children with cancer and their mothers. Okay. When I got there, I didn’t know what to expect, but found a beautiful house full of life, lots of toys   and things to play with.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​The mothers were so nice, Vuyo was so welcoming and she made us feel that CHOC indeed was A HOME AWAY FROM HOME.  At CHOC house I didn’t need to buy food, electricity or pay for water.  Everything was just there. It’s home a child with nothing to worry about when there’s something I needed I knew Sis’Vuyo always assisted.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​If it was going to town, needing personal help or advice she was always there she was basically making sure our stay at CHOC was amazing.

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Even with COVID-19 at the CHOC house, we were still comfortable we knew we were safe because the house was looked after, it was clean and we were given sanitisers in every corner from the toilet and to the dining area. We were given masks for us and our children. Pictures on the wall were posted for the little ones to see that they needed to always wash hands.

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We had a wonderful stay at the CHOC house, a place to regroup and be with other mothers who will make you feel better about your situation, it was nice to be around women who have been through the same situation as you have. Winter was the warmest we ever had, with warm water and lovely knitted socks and hats, oh and little blankets for the children.

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I spent a lot of time there with my son, he grew up there he learnt how to speak there, how to ride a scooter there, how be around other kids. CHOC for my son was his real home because that’s where he spent most of his time.

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Thank you CHOC East London for the home away from home you have given us, and thank you Vuyo for making it a place to find our self and enjoy.

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Discovery Vitality MoveToGive

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Thank you Discovery Vitality for believing in the imperative work that CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA does. We are so grateful for this partnership!
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​​​​​​​​​You too can help make a difference and donate your Discovery Miles to CHOC through Vitality MoveToGive in the Discovery app today! discv.co/CHOCMTG22
​​​​​​​​​#LiveLifeWithVitality
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​​​​​​​​​Every Discovery Mile can make the difference to a child’s journey with cancer a little bit more bearable.

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Regional Updates

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Western Cape

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​​​​​​​​​​​​Canal Walk Peter Pan:

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The world-class Neverland Peter Pan Theatre Production kicked off at Canal Walk on 25 June 2022 and ran for the duration of the June school holidays. Tickets were sold at R100 each and R5 of each ticket sold was donated to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Western Cape.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​An amount of R150 000 has been handed over to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Western Cape.

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Gauteng South

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High Tea

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Thank you so much to each and every person for spending the day with us, to everyone that gave freely of their time, Lizette Volkwyn, Stephanie Baartman, David Louw. To Eileen Van Tonder Jordan and Xichavo,  thank you for sharing your journey with us. To the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg thank you for spoiling us.” – Antonella Swanepoel

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East London

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Come Dine with me 007 Event

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Thank you to all organisers, sponsors and supporters involved in making the Come Dine With Me fundraiser a successful event and memorable experience. We are truly grateful to be the beneficiary of this event.
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Please visit our CHOC East London Facebook Group to view more amazing photos and videos.

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KwaZulu-Natal

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CHOC Walk up Sani Pass

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Thank you to all who participated in the CHOC walk up Sani Pass in person or virtually.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​This walk has become symbolic of childhood cancer heroes who walk a rugged journey by taking one step at a time and hoping that the outcomes will be positive.
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We look forward to the next walk up Sani Pass!

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Nationally

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Solidarity fund

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Programme monitoring is vital in effectively delivering our programmes.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​CHOC hosted The Solidarity Fund HCRF team who conducted a monitoring and evaluation visit of CHOC Saxonwold House in July.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​“This was a memorable and eye-opening visit and I wish you all the best in your work!”, Khebi Sibanyoni, Client Coordinator

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Nationally

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Comrades

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We are immensely grateful to Comrades Marathon for choosing us as one of your charities of choice, thank you for the opportunity we love being a part of this amazing event.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​Thank you to each and every one of our CHOC Cows who took part and raised money that will make a difference to so many lives!

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Ways to get involved

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Upcoming Events

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Join us at one of our many events throughout South Africa, from online webinars to Crazy Cow events, to help us make a difference!
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​​​​​​​​​​​​Secret Sunrise Dance for CHOC
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10 September

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Fun Walk for CHOC
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17 September

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CHOC Cyclethon
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18 September

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CHOC Webinar – Boldly Creating Hope
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28 September

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June Newsletter

The role nutritional support plays in children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder

A message from Lawrence Mbuyane, a CHOC Social Worker at Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital 

The majority of children diagnosed with childhood cancer are from lower socioeconomic family backgrounds.  The lack of resources often becomes a huge challenge which can hinder the success of treatment.

The journey of cancer does not only require medical and psychological intervention, but it also involves other important elements of the healing process such as a balanced diet. Without a balanced diet, despite all interventions in place, the healing process cannot be possible. Medical studies have revealed that children who are malnourished are unable to tolerate the effects of chemotherapy and as a result may not have a successful outcome, when they could have had an opportunity to survive if they had good nutritional support. So, by making nutritional support a standard practice to children diagnosed with cancer, it minimises the risks of children passing away and helps them with chemotherapy drug tolerance and results in a higher survival rate.

Proper food may seem like just a meal, but it is not. Food or nutritional support form the basis of positive outcomes in cancer treatment.

For CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, providing nutritional support to families of children diagnosed with cancer does not only influence a positive healing process of the child, but also positively contributes to the larger family’s food security.

Yours in Hope,
Lawrence

Food for Thought

Our food assistance is critical for children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder.

So what does this mean in our CHOC Houses…
At our CHOC houses caregivers alternate in cooking meals. Many caregivers sometimes insist on cooking even when it’s someone else’s turn. For breakfast, it is usually maize meal porridge or bread with peanut butter and jam. Sometimes boiled or scrambled eggs. Lunch is also provided and often depends on what the families feel like eating. Dinner consists of either Phuthu, rice, dumplings or Samp with a different gravy or curry for each. Sometimes chicken or lamb curry, beans and chutney. The popular favourite at the house is brown beans and dumplings.

In other cases, the preparation of meals is no ordinary affair. Caregivers like to experiment by trying out different recipes that they have found on the internet; curries, desserts and muffins. If the results turn out well, everyone gets to enjoy the meal and if not, we have a good laugh and still enjoy the beautifully ruined meal.

Because their children are going through such a difficult time, many of the caregivers find cooking to be therapeutic more than just a chore. Many families are also grateful for the nutritious meals offered by CHOC, that they otherwise would not get in their own homes. Our food program remains important for this very reason.

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KwaZulu-Natal Region

Join us this Mandela Day

Help us keep our tummies full!

CHOC has seven regional offices offering services and support to the nine provinces of South Africa. The regions are demographically positioned to ensure that we reach every child, teenager and their family battling cancer or a life-threatening blood disorder in South Africa.

Join us this month and help each region tick off the food items on their wishlist for Mandela Day.

Click here to view each regions wishlist.

Share this campaign: #GiveWhatYouCAN #DonateToCHOC #CHOCSA #childhoodcancer
Read more about Food for Thought here

Thank you Old Mutual!

“Old Mutual is honoured to be a part of this worthy initiative! The support that CHOC provides to the kids and their families is truly admirable and we are overjoyed to be helping CHOC through their journey.” – Samika Ramtahal, Group Tax Young Executive Board


The reality of childhood cancer from a house supervisor in KZN

Childhood cancer is not pretty. Its hurts physically and leaves devastation in its wake. It’s a tsunami that ravages everything in its path.

I was busy doing a frosty design on our glass doors at CHOC so that the children and adults do not sustain serious injuries by walking into the glass, the day I met 7-year-old Apalile.  Just coming from radiation, she was drowsy, she could not walk, and she was as thin as a rake.  Apalile looked me up and down and asked me to keep quiet when I greeted her.

Apalile has an inoperable brain tumour on her cerebral cortex. To be exact it’s the anterior insular cortex. This part of the brain is responsible for empathy. This is the impact of the tumour on her personality. She is on chemotherapy and radiation to shrink the tumour.

Prior to her diagnosis, she was a sweet little girl and then her behavior changed. The pressure of the tumor on her brain made her lose her empathy. She has no idea that she is cold and hurtful and lacks compassion and she says everything with a broad smile. Her character is amazing!

On Friday I walked into the lounge to visit her, and I could not believe, how thin she looked, and she was shaking. I asked her mom what was wrong, and she said Apalile refused to eat. So, I started to chat with her and asked her what she feels like eating and she asked for a particular brand of cereal and ice cream. This was duly purchased and today the team tells me she is her bright and chirpy self.

Whilst she at CHOC, she will enjoy all the services that we offer and we have to make exceptions when there is a child in need. We will love her and laugh with her. Support her mom and keep them going, just like we do with every child that walks through our door.

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Ultra runner Sewell gears up to run 1 800 kilometres to the Comrades for CHOC

While thousands of runners prepare for the 2022 Comrades Marathon on Sunday 28 August, a solitary runner dressed in the distinctive running kit of The Cows will leave Cape Town nineteen days before the world’s biggest ultra-marathon in an attempt to complete twenty Comrades Marathons back-to-back as part of his quest to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.

44 year old Johannesburg adventurer Mike Sewell is aiming to raise R1 million by completing the staggering feat, and in the process complete the arduous 1,800km challenge that he and five others failed to get right in 2018.

Sewell got further than any of the other runners on what they dubbed The Long Road to Comrades, managing to complete a total of 1,100 kilometres over 20 days.

Now, inspired by the chance to make a real impact on the lives of children confronting cancer, he wants to try again, and says he is wiser than he was four years ago.

“I had seen The Cows at other events and they intrigued me,” said Sewell. “On connecting with them it just all felt right. Great energy, great community and of course – a great cause. I’ll be treating the charity element as a second parallel project – as big as the run.”

Sewell is adamant that the monumental challenge of doing twenty consecutive Comrades’ can be achieved, and he wants to remedy the disappointment of 2018.

“Mostly The Long Road to Comrades V2.0 is about unfinished business,” he said. “ I’ve always challenged myself with ever growing challenges and this one still needs to be conquered. I love testing my limits, both physically and mentally and I relish in the adventure of a task this big.

“The best part about a second attempt is the benefit of experience. And with such a big challenge, that experience is invaluable. There are a few very significant changes that I have made from the first attempt.

“Firstly, quitting is not an option. It was too easy to get in the support van last time. This won’t be an option this year. I will just have to suck it up.

“Then, keep moving forward! We spent too much time in 2018 not moving forward. This time, only lunch and CHOC house visits will be static stops. All other non-running events in the day must be “rolling”.

“This run will be a solo effort. The task is so big that it needs the focused effort of a team to get one person over the line. I hope to eliminate additional dynamics and challenges that come with multiple runners.

“Then I have fine-tuned everything for success,” he added. “From flattening the route to adding a masseuse to an acute focus on nutrition and even being aware of the road camber.

“But vitally the charity element gives me an additional reason if not THE reason to finish this thing!” he concluded.

Anyone keen to support Sewell on The Long Road to Comrades V2.0 can make a contribution via his fundraising account at http://info.choc.org.za/e/879152/ildhood-cancer-foundation-choc/kjz82/182041954?h=ORRpCBCQJoKii08nm7VV6yHCw0r-CfRWyRt6ifJQrRA

More information about The Cows can be found at www.thecows.co.za

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Children need complete balanced nutrition for adequate growth, neurodevelopment and a strong immune system. Nutrition is therefore very important during cancer treatment as the child has to cope with cancer treatment as well as nutrition-related side effects to prevent malnutrition and infections.
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Neutropenia, is a side-effect of cancer treatment that makes a child very susceptible to infections, therefore food safety is very important and take-aways must be avoided during this time. It is best described in 4 categories:

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Thank you for supporting us this Mandela Day 
​​​​​​​​​“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
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​​​​​​​​​Mandela Day, a day the United Nation chose to honour the late President on his birthday. Instead of celebrating his birthday to honour him, Madiba called on the people of the world to honour him by helping their communities.
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​​​​​​​​​We had an incredible day with so many generous people sharing their valuable time with us across our CHOC regions. Thank you to everyone who spent the day with us! It is never too late to share the hope, give what you can by visiting this this link:
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“A single mother of a three year old boy diagnosed with Retinoblastoma reported that she never expected so much generosity when they started treatment. Having three children and being unemployed is the most devastating thing one can go through.  As a family they only depend on child support grant to meet their financial needs.  However, with the help from CHOC in the form of a food parcel, she is able to provide for her children.
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Kenneth started spot run during lockdown when we were all confined to our four walls. During this time, Kenneth realised that there were numerous health benefits from this type of activity and has chosen to share it with others. 

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“I am passionate about spreading awareness when it comes to cancer and CHOC is the right organisation that I want to help through enduring 90km on the same spot which was born as a result of preparing for my 2020 Comrades since we had restrictions that prevented us from training on the road after the COVID-19 outbreak.”
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