On 19 November 2015, a brave and inspirational woman, Terri King, lost her fight against a rare blood cancer. Terri was a unique individual – her vibrant energy, compassion for others, love of life and belief in people impacted people from all walks of life.
Terri's friends and family would like to commemorate her and pay tribute to her generosity of spirit, by raising funds for blood cancer sufferers in South Africa, particularly the Eastern Cape. Part of our awareness raising efforts will be a run along the Transkei coast, covering 110 kms from Mazeppa Bay to Nahoon, East London in 3 days.
Individuals participating in the event have already paid their entries and all funds raised will be donated to the Sunflower Fund.
Blood cancer in South Africa
Every year thousands of South Africans of all ages and races are diagnosed with diseases such as Leukaemia, Aplastic anaemia or rare genetic disorders. 75% of these patients are under the age of 25.
The Eastern Cape has the highest incidence of blood cancers in South Africa. In addition to a dire shortage of haematologists, there is also a severe scarcity of bone marrow stem cell donors.
The situation is exacerbated by the fact that the probability of finding a blood stem cell match with someone who shares the same tissue type, which is more likely to be someone of the same ethnicity, is 1: 100 000. This means that in South Africa, at least 100 000 donors from each ethnic group (black, coloured, Indian and white) are needed.
The Sunflower Fund, a Non Profit Company is the only organisation in South Africa dedicated to creating awareness, educating the public and handling the registration process for people to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).
Our aim is to recruit as many new stem cell donors as possible, and enable the Sunflower Fund to cover the costs of tissue typing new donors.
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The Wild Coast Challenge 2016 was completed successfully by all participants.
We saw many highs and lows, bright blue skies and impressive thunder storms, welcoming hard sandy beaches and treacherous slippery rocks and stormy seas.
Everyone was challenged, mentally and physically at some point over the 110 kms, and we all came out stronger, having pushed our limits and developed a greater appreciation for this journey of life.