I lost my father to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in 2017, during my matric year. This loss had a profound impact on my life and I made it my mission to raise awareness for cancer research and Foundations that assist those suffering from this dreaded illness.
I had heard about the Rohan Bloom Foundation and their mission to build the first Specialized Paediatric Palliative Care Hospice in the Cape. This resonated with me as there are many terminal children and their families who desperately need the support of a hospice. I wanted to do something to support their cause, and with only two weeks to train, I entered the 2018 KFM Gun Run half marathon, which I used as a platform to raise awareness and funding for the Foundation.
The Gun Run is probably one of the toughest races I have ever undertaken, both from a mental and physical standpoint, but I believed in the cause and that is what kept me going, especially at the 16km mark which is arguably the toughest part of the race. Despite the challenges the race offers, I loved every minute of it.
I am grateful to the generous and amazing community around me who helped me raise R16 000 for the Rohan Bloom Foundation. This experience was a wonderful introduction to the many annual events that I would continue to do in aid of cancer research and foundations who support those fighting cancer.
I am excited to follow the Rohan Bloom Foundation – I love everything they stand for and the work they do!