CHOC goes for gold

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Childhood Cancer Foundation SA urges the community to wear throughout the month of September to raise awareness. Pictured here are gold ribbons made by the children at the Frere Hospital Paediatric Oncology ward. Picture: SUPPLIED.

The month of September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, as the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) soldiers on in their admiral cause to raise awareness and assist children suffering from cancer.

Members of the community are encouraged to wear gold ribbons – which symbolise childhood cancer – as a sign of solidarity.

CHOC regional manager Debbie Kleinenberg said the organisation is celebrating its 40th anniversary and they are very proud of their achievements.

“The ribbons are worn for those children and teens who bravely and courageously fight cancer, and for those who have survived cancer among others,” Kleinenberg said.

Over the July 1 2018 to June 30, 2019 financial year, the EC branch of CHOC has given 289 children and teens along with their parents/caregivers transport funds to ensure that the children complete their treatment.

About 768 children and teens living with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders along with their families received care and support from CHOC in the province.

According to EC CHOC chair and volunteer Mbulelo Plaatjie, the organisation did an awareness outreach at Mzamowethu Primary School in Gonubie on Monday.

In a bid to emotionally support families affected by the disease, 360 families received support through two CHOC social workers in two paediatric oncology units in the province.

Ribbons are available at R20. Contact the CHOC office on 043-748-5315 or e-mail el@choc.org.za for more information.

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