Jan 31 , 2019
Cancer is one of the major killers throughout the developed and developing world, including South Africa.
One in four South Africans are either diagnosed with cancer, or have a loved one, friend or colleague with the disease. Each year, World Cancer Day (WCD) empowers everyone around the world to show support, raise our collective voice, and take personal action to raise awareness of the global impact of cancer and increase understanding of prevention, detection, treatment and care.
In Johannesburg, the second annual ‘One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk’ will be held at the Johannesburg Zoo to commemorate WCD on 3 February 2019. Participants will be able to visit a Wellness Village where food trucks and health information will be available. Event organiser the Breast Health Foundation encourages everyone who wishes to pledge their support for the fight against cancer to participate in the event.
Louise Turner, chief operations officer of the Breast Health Foundation, says that the One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk and Wellness Village aim to pay homage to and express solidarity with ‘cancer warriors’, those who are fighting, or have fought, cancer. #IAmAndIWill is the official hashtag for WCD 2019.
“I am supporting the fight against cancer and I will walk on 3 February 2019,” says Turner. “We invite those whose lives have in some way been touched by cancer, or who simply wish to honour those who have been impacted by this disease, to join us for the scenic 4km walk through the Johannesburg Zoo.”
“More than 100 000 South Africans are diagnosed with cancer each year,” she adds. “World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to raise awareness about this disease.”
The One Step at a Time initiative came out of an undertaking in which five breast cancer survivors trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2016. Throughout their journey, the five women ‘warriors’ demonstrated the triumph of the human spirit.
According to Turner, the Breast Health Foundation advocates wellness and the event highlights the important role that exercise can play in supporting long-term health. Walking is an ideal form of exercise that can be enjoyed by survivors, their families and supporters, she says.
“The event has been made possible by the generosity of long-standing supporters of the Breast Health Foundation, including Novartis, Phakamisa (an AstraZeneca Health Initiative), Lancet Laboratories and Netcare. Netcare 911 has also stepped forward to offer emergency medical services support for the event, for which we are most grateful.”
The One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk and Wellness Village will be held between 08h30 and 11h00 on Sunday 3 February at the Johannesburg Zoo on Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview. Gates open at 06h00. Tickets start at R100 per participant, and the funds will be used to support the Breast Health Foundation and the Cancer Alliance. Tickets can be purchased through TicketPro online or at Edgars, Jet and Spar stores prior to the event. Gate sales will be charged at R130 per entry.
Participants are welcome to enter as teams, and will be able to visit the Wellness Village to obtain further information, enter a raffle draw, enjoy food trucks as well as express their support for the Cancer Warriors.
One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk bookings can be made online through TicketPro via this web link: https://bit.ly/2Muy60m. For ticketing support please email email@example.com or message us via @BreastHealthFoundation on Facebook.