Cancer survivor to tackle Trans Baviaans marathon

PEDAL POWER: Ryno Louw gets set for the Trans Baviaans mountain bike marathon. Picture: Supplied
PEDAL POWER: Ryno Louw gets set for the Trans Baviaans mountain bike marathon. Picture: Supplied

When he and his teammates set off on the 230km Trans Baviaans mountain bike marathon next week, it will be about fitness and resilience for many, but for cancer survivor Ryno Louw it will be about life and a victory over a devastating illness.

In 2010, Louw, 45, developed a malignant growth behind his vocal chords that was diagnosed as a type of blood cancer called lymphoma.

He had surgery and treatment and has since been in remission.

He was being treated by Dr Neil Littleton and learnt about the work of the Igazi Foundation – a Port Elizabeth-based NGO that aims to improve the treatment of blood cancer and blood disease services in South Africa.

“I can honestly say today that cancer was the best thing that happened to me,” Louw said.

“I had a heart attack when I was 30, so I think all the bad things that can happen to a person have now happened to me.”

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