CANSA Relay For Life

Celebrate
Remember
Fight Back

At the heart of CANSA Relay For Life is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have left us and create awareness about cancer.

 Are you ready to do your part? Join us by registering for your local CANSA Relay For Life event here or donate to our CANSA Relay For Life fundraising efforts.

CANSA Relay For Life 2021 offers communities the opportunity to make a difference in the fight against cancer in new and exciting ways!  We will continue to celebrate, remember and fight back.  To find out more about how, when and where your local Relay For Life Committee will be hosting a Relay For Life ceremony in your community contact:

Gauteng, North West, Limpopo: Anita Snyders |asnyders@cansa.org.za

Mpumalanga: Sam Chigumbura | schigumbura@cansa.org.za

Free State / Northern Cape: Leillani Geduld | lgeduld@cansa.org.za

Western & Southern Cape: Henley Botha | hbotha@cansa.org.za

Eastern Cape: Gavin Kester | gkester@cansa.org.za

KZN: Lorraine Govender | lgovender@cansa.org.za


*Important Announcement

The safety and health of our cancer patients, volunteers and staff is paramount.

As our most valued partner, we assure you that CANSA is taking all the necessary precautions to minimise the impact of COVID-19.  Cancer patients are among those at high risk of serious illness from an infection because their immune systems are often vulnerable.

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“I love to make survivors feel special”

For me personally CANSA Relay For Life is a celebration of my life and makes me thankful for my health. As part of the Survivorship committee, I love to make survivors feel special even though they may do not feel well or ‘look good’. It has taught me to be positive, believe and fight back and I want to share this with the other survivors. It is also a time to thank our caregivers who sometimes are taken for granted and do not realise how “special” they are. Caregivers also suffer and battle in the fight against cancer with their loved ones.

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“Thank you for preparing me”

If it had not been for the active role that I played in CANSA, it would have been much more difficult to accept and understand what my husband was going through. The staff partner at the CANSA Pietermaritzburg Care Centre had given so much support to me during my husband’s ordeal. She was the caregiver to the caregiver.

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“It’s an honour to walk beside survivors”

CANSA Relay For Life gives us a chance to witness the journey that all of the cancer survivors and their caregivers are on and allows us the honour of walking beside many of them and meeting new survivors each year.
The camaraderie is phenomenal at CANSA Relay For Life!

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“And today I am writing my story”

This diagnosis really made me think that I was going to die, but once I met my oncologist and his staff, I realized that this is the beginning of the rest of my life – and what an amazing story it turned out to be.
In the chemo room I met the true angels of the oncology centre – myself and the other cancer survivors were all in the same boat – and we became family during our individual journeys.

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“My blessing was Relay”

My wife Anthea was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and underwent a left breast mastectomy.
She received treatment in Cape Town, approximately 150km from our home in Ceres. At the time we had two children at university and two more at school.
Although, we were very fortunate to have a medical aid, we still had financial constraints with all the travelling costs and so forth.

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“Cancer changed my view”

After I was diagnosed, I didn’t really know what to do or expect as I didn’t know where to find info or who to turn to for help. A friend told me about CANSA Relay For Life and in the beginning I was very sceptical about having anything to do with it as my Cancer wasn’t something I wanted to talk about. I felt it was a personal thing and no one would understand.
I agreed to go to a survivor’s function to keep my friend happy and that was a turning point for me. Here I realized how many people was in the same boat as me and that there was an organisation that could help me with what I wanted to know. After my second Relay I decided I wanted to be a part in doing more to help educate and to help raising funds for CANSA.

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“Cancer is not a death sentence”

Many of my family members had cancer and at CANSA Relay For Life we had the opportunity to honour and remember them. As a caregiver for many of them, I always wanted to make them feel that they are not alone and Relay For Life offered them that. It also creates the opportunity to raise funds for cancer awareness and education.
CANSA Relay For Life is a celebration of life and therefore spreads the message that cancer isn’t a death sentence and brings communities together.

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“Because of this, I am a volunteer for CANSA and am a Relayer”

As a psychologist who has been diagnosed with cancer, I have walked many individual journeys with my patients, friends and acquaintances diagnosed with cancer. I’ve cried with them when wounds did not heal properly or when chemotherapy became too much, I’ve rejoiced with them when they are in remission, and I’ve cried with them when they became sick again.

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“My patients give my life purpose”

Cancer touched my life personally in 2015, when my husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a dark time that tested my faith, but I remained hopeful and I quickly became his strength.
God prepared me for 25 years for this moment, to not only be a wife and mother but to be a caregiver as well. My amazing husband unfortunately passed away in March 2019. I have given part of myself to CANSA and those affected by this dreaded disease.
I have been a volunteer at numerous Cuppa For CANSA events and registered two teams in the CANSA Relay For Life Garden Route event, while I also host annual fundraisers for CANSA.

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“All Survivors Must Experience This!”

You might have cancer yourself or you may be the person who is walking beside somebody fighting cancer, either as a family member, friend, or caregiver. It is a very emotional and spiritual journey. From diagnosis to losing our unborn baby, death of my grandmother, dark depression to remission. I hope my story brings you renewed hope.

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“It’s not what I do, it is what I AM”

Alna Kraak – My caregiving journey started in 1987 as a registered nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital’s Oncology Department. Personally, I was also affected by cancer as I had lost my father-in-law and two uncles to the disease. Patient care is my main priority, but my love for people goes beyond patient services.

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CANSA Hosts First Virtual Relay For Life – You Will Never Walk Alone

CANSA Relay For Life celebrated Life and Hope in the best way we could during the COVID-19 pandemic on 6 June 2020. Thank You to EP Digital South Africa (Emanuel and Jacques) for all the hard work and walking with us on this virtual journey! Your support helps fund our care and support programmes provided […]

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Making Waves for CANSA

Every year over 115 000 people in South Africa are affected by cancer. We’re challenging participants to be part of swimming a total of 115 000 lengths to recognise these individuals touched by cancer and to raise awareness and funds for CANSA Care Centres in Gauteng.

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Breyton Paulse on CANSA TLC Programme for Youth Affected by Cancer

Breyton Paulse, Springbok rugby legend, shares about CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme which supports parents, guardians, children and teens affected by cancer.

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CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

Watch video: CANSA’s Tough Living with Cancer (TLC) Programme

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