Beating childhood cancer together


Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC) will celebrate International Childhood Cancer Day on 15 February to raise awareness about childhood cancer and show support for children with cancer, survivors and their families.

“For us, it’s about creating awareness that it’s there and that it’s real. But it’s also as an opportunity to think about those undergoing treatment and to remember those who have passed on,” said Linda Moore, the foundation’s regional manager.

Read A great year for CHOC

Compared to other developed countries where cancer has become largely curable, with the survival rate reaching between 70 and 80 per cent, South Africa is only at 50 per cent. The foundation’s aim is to improve this rate through early detection awareness.

Some of the early warning signs include, but are not limited to, unexplained prolonged fever, weight loss, fatigue, easy bruising or bleeding. Other patients develop lumps in the abdomen and pelvis, limbs, testes and glands. Aching of bones, joints and back and easy fractures are also listed among these signs. Neurological signs such as walk deterioration, prolonged headaches, balance, as well as an enlarging head also make the list.

Businesses, schools and individuals can buy chocolate in support of International Childhood Cancer Day.

Businesses, schools and individuals can buy chocolate in support of International Childhood Cancer Day.

In support of International Childhood Cancer Day, communities are urged to wear blue. Badges, heart pins and branded chocolates are available to companies, schools and individuals. “The chocolate is linked to Valentine’s Day and you can give it to your loved one,” said Moore.

Read Lifeline for cancer patients

“With the badge and pins we are encouraging people to wear them throughout the month of February and we would like to see companies buying these items for their staff members and schools participating, too.”

The badges and chocolates are available at R10 each and each pin costs R20. The foundation is also appealing for donations from the community to keep the CHOC house warm and comfortable for families who have made it their temporary home.

“We have a lot of shortages at the moment, and we need the public to assist us with long-life milk, brown bread, margarine, eggs and baking ingredients for the moms.”

Details: Linda Moore 011 486 1212;

What are the different ways in which the public can show support for children with cancer? Share your thoughts @RK_Gazette


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