I did not know Rohan personally, but from what I have read and heard from those who were fortunate to have known him, Rohan was a strong, determined and courageous young man.
The Rohan Bloom Foundation is very special as its mission is to protect and provide palliative care to the most vulnerable children battling cancer. I knew that I wanted to represent this Foundation as it represents everything I strive for. Personally, I am a doctor specializing in sports medicine. I see first-hand how exercise, sport and physical activity impacts daily life for the better.
Childhood illness impacts not only the child, but the entire family as well and therefore the need for Palliative Care and support is imperative for the safety and well-being of all members involved.
I wanted to raise awareness and funding for the Foundation and initially represented them in 2018 when I swam all the events at the Dischem Sun City swim.
In early 2019, I swam 5 miles at the Sanlam Cape Mile.
I planned to represent the Foundation at the Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2020, but unfortunately had to withdraw due to an injury. It is my intention to continue to represent the Foundation in the future, in whatever capacity I am able and thereby raise further funding and awareness for the work that they are doing.
Rohan was a superb young talent who encompassed everything that a fine young man should be. His legacy will remain – and only beauty, happiness and success will come from it. If I can play a small part in making this happen, then I know that I have made a difference.