CANSA Relay For Life

Fight Back

At the heart of CANSA Relay For Life is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have left us and create awareness about cancer.

“I want to inspire others”

We must celebrate life as survivors and show people that life can continue despite a cancer diagnosis. We must support those receiving treatment, and I find it very special to light candles and pay tribute to those who have lost their battle against cancer.


“I too now consider myself a survivor”

Woman need to make more aware of the prevalence and risks of breast cancer. That they can live a productive and normal life after a mastectomy


“It could never happen to me”

I was happy with my achievements and satisfied where I was at in my life. Then, BANG: “You have breast cancer.”


Inaugural CANSA Hope Picnic hosted in Mbombela

The first ever CANSA Hope picnic was introduced by the CANSA Relay For Life Mbombela (Nelspruit) committee. This enchanting night picnic took place on 8 March at the Lowveld Botanical Gardens with the gates open from 18:00 to 22:00. Luminaria bags lined the entrance path leading the picnic goers to the hope garden. These beautiful […]


“Men can’t get breast cancer, or can they?”

Bobby felt a pea sized lump next to his right nipple. After further investigation his wife insisted he should go and see the doctor. Bobby, being stubborn, told his wife it was nothing and ignored the lump.

About six months later he went to the doctor for a routine check-up and showed the doctor the painless lump. The doctor immediately referred him to a surgeon. Again Bobby was stubborn and thought that it was a waste of money.


Jana Grobler – Fallen Hero of Hope

It saddens us at CANSA to share the loss of one of our Global Heroes of Hope, Jana Grobler. She was such an inspiration to her fellow Survivors at CANSA Relay For Life Lephalale, where she served as the chairperson. Jana was always ready to help at our support groups and any other CANSA events. […]


Even the fiercest storms don’t last

A family member introduced me to CANSA Relay For Life and I immediately knew that CANSA Relay for Life would always be part of me. I want to create awareness and inspire other cancer patients.


Cancer made me the person I am today!

During the treatment I lost my hair… and my husband, but I managed to regain the purpose and meaning of life. My children were my inspiration not to give up.


My Journey as a Caregiver

Although I didn’t suffer the physical pain, I experienced the horror, the paralysing fear as I heard that my beloved wife had breast cancer in 2002. My greatest fears were losing my wife and not been able to cope without her.


My Cancer Family

It was after one chemotherapy session that I decided to visit CANSA Vaal Triangle Care Centre. I was so sick and pale. I felt too ugly to face the world. I needed some motivation, a make-over, or I could just stay at home and hide from the world.


“To serve and NOT to be served”

I am passionate about providing support and care for others. I have been able to do this through CANSA Relay For Life Athlone and in my workplace where I am also able to lobby support and resources for the cancer cause.


Fatiema Nazeem’s Rollercoaster Ride with Cancer

“I contribute my healing to the unconditional love and support that I have received from family and friends. CANSA Relay For Life has become part of that family too.”


Event Winner at Global Spirit of Relay Awards

The community in and around East London has totally taken ownership of “their”Relay, with a total mix of cultures across the board, and the comaradie and companionship experienced at the Relay is something to see.


Survivor Wages War On Breast Cancer

“We are not crazy. We are just firm believers in travelling the road assigned to us – If you look closely, even if the Karoo looks dry and barren to you now, you should see it after the rainy season. “


Former Marikana Miner Fights Against All Odds

The father of two was devastated, first losing his job and then being diagnosed with a terminal illness. What seemed like a death sentence had turned into a very inspiring story for the mine worker.



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