Support for cancer patients

Octayvia Nance

THE Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) kicked off its annual Cuppa for Cansa campaign last week with a fundraiser held at Strelitzia Cansa Care Home at its Glendinningvale premises.

Cancer survivor Jacques Ferreira gave a talk about his own experiences of the disease at the “care and support” themed event attended by Cansa sponsors.

Members of the association were also on hand to speak about what hosting a Cuppa for Cansa involved, saying anyone could get involved in the fundraiser where friends get together to share a cup of tea and ask for a donation for Cansa.

Ferreira said: “I was 27 years old when I was diagnosed with bone cancer.

“At first I thought it was just a case of pulled muscles but after taking up to nine painkillers I realised something was wrong.

“They had to cut the cancer out, and replaced the bone with titanium alloys, before it spread to my lungs – I was put on chemotherapy for a year and two months.”

Ferreira thanked his wife for always supporting him.

“I was in England at the time and had no one there except my wife.

“I always thought about how it affected my loved ones and I had to be strong for them.

“Funnily enough I was diagnosed with a cancer that is common among teenagers.

“Seeing how they coped was my inspiration.”

Ferreira, 38, has now been clear of cancer for 10 years.

This year the Cuppa season will run until November.

  • For further information or if you want to host your own Cuppa for Cansa visit www.cansa.org.za

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