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Mabopane holds cancer fundraiser

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Written by Mishack Mahlangu

Mabopane outside Pretoria recently held a fun walk in order to raise funds for the Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA) Gauteng office.

Cancer survivor Francis Sehoole attended the charity walk. After being diagnosed in 2004, Sehoole is now cancer free. (File photo)

Cancer survivor Francis Sehoole attended the charity walk. After being diagnosed in 2004, Sehoole is now cancer free. (File photo)

Hosted by the Morula Hotel and Casino, the recent walk was also an opportunity to raise awareness about the illness. CANSA’s community mobiliser Ria du Plessis urged men and women to go for prostrate screenings and Pap smear to detect cancer early.

Cancer survivor Francis Sehoole attended the charity walk.

“I have been suffering from breast cancer from 2004,” said Sehoole, who added that she received treatment at a Pretoria hospital. “I spend most of my (time) on painful (intravenous) drips and chemotherapy.”

“In 2007, my breast was removed,” she told OurHealth. “Today, I can proudly pronounce that I am cancer-free.”

Sehoole now spends her free time as a CANSA volunteer.

This is the second year in a row that the casino has hosted the event, which drew about 600 people in 2013. This year, champion runner Gloria Masego Baeba was the first to cross the finish line.

“We are here to give support to all affected by cancer and to listen to the experts and learn from each other,” she told OurHealth.

Thabiso Simon Maluleke from Mabopane was among the few men in attendance.

“This is an opportunity for us as men to … learn more about the different cancers affecting men and start consulting our nearest health facility for check ups,” Maluleke added. – Health-e News.

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Mishack Mahlangu

Mishack Mahlangu is an OurHealth Citizen Journalist reporting from Gauteng's Tshwane Health District.