Determined to fight cancer with a smile

DRIVEN by her willingness to fight, Komani resident  Cheree Pringle McEwen, 37, who has been battling  stage four melanoma, is reaching out to inspire others despite her own financial difficulties.

McEwen works at Beyond Yourself Beauty in Baysville.

STAYING STRONG: Pringle McEwen reaches out to inspire others despite her battle with cancer Picture: SUPPLIED.

“After I stopped being a teacher, I was trained to be an intradermal cosmetic practitioner. I do permanent makeup, tattoo removal, micro-needling and dermaplane,” she said.

Despite working, McEwen is still battling to pay her medical bills and  treatment  for her ailment will cost about R1m.

“I have no medical aid so I am forced to work to cover my medical bills. It’s very tough as my body aches all day but I do it with a smile.

“I have R4,000 in outstanding bills which I’m hoping to cover as I had a big backlog of bills after not being able to work for a month due to surgery.

“I’m needing another PET scan which costs about R25,000,” she said.

McEwen runs a fundraising campaign based in both Komani and East London and also shares her journey on her Facebook page, Cheree Pringle McEwen Fund Raising Page.

“The page is mainly to inspire others as I’m extremely positive.

“I’m not scared of death, my faith is strong – my heart just breaks for my little boys,” she said.

To get in contact with Cheree, call 076-689-8164 or e-mail


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