Someone out there needs you to care

THE annual CANSA Shavathon is nearly upon us.

During this event the public show solidarity with cancer sufferers as well as with those caregivers and medical professionals who walk the long, hard miles with patients.

By shaving or colouring their hair, community supporters draw attention to the inevitable hair loss that comes with treatment by radiation or chemotherapy.

There are few, if any, people in society who are blessed enough to be able to say they have not been affected by cancer in some way.

Each of us has lost a family member, or a friend, or seen someone we care about fight this terrible disease and – hopefully – come through as a survivor..

The effect cancer has on families and communities is immeasurable – financially, emotionally and physically.

The Shavathon allows people who have been affected by cancer to come together to make a tangible difference to the lives of those fighting the disease.

Money raised at this national event is the main source of income for an organisation that provides care, treatment, screening and support for cancer patients and their families.

The long hair you are prepared to have cut can be woven into a wig for one who has lost his or her hair.

By donating money to have your head sprayed or shaved, you are directly assisting this programme, which also focuses a great amount of time, resources and money on research into the treatment of the disease.

Cancer diagnosis is by no means a death sentence. If caught early, most cancers can be treated or cured.

As research intensifies, cancer may well one day be totally eradicated – this makes the Shavathon also a message of hope.

If you support one charity event this year, either financially or by volunteering your time, then this might be the one you choose.

The Zululand Observer is running regular articles on events taking place locally, and CANSA is still calling for community members to put their hands up to host functions, volunteer at events, or emotionally commit to supporting one of them.

Consider this a call to action.

If you can, in any of these ways, be a part of supporting an organisation that is fighting daily to learn more about this disease and treat patients who are fighting it, then you should.

One day you might appreciate receiving the very support you are giving today.

Laurie Smith

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