CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation Survivor Programme
Some of the survivors with the pilots at the Harvard Club
On the 11th of March, CHOC Northern Gauteng Region, launched its SOLID (Survivor, Overcome, Live, Inspire, Dynamic) Survivor program. CALGRO M3, kindly donated 5 Harvard Flights for our survivors and spreading the message of hope the planes took off with the survivors over a clear blue sky of Pretoria,

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you”

The aim of the Survivor Program is to encourage survivors to become leaders and advocates for childhood cancer, and through them spread our message of “Keeping more than Hope Alive”. How rife is childhood cancer? In developed countries, childhood cancer has become largely curable with the overall survival rate reaching between 70% and 80% but sadly in South Africa the rate is only about 50%.

CHOC aims to improve this rate through the early detection awareness training which affords early diagnosis enabling a better chance of being cured and that the survival rate increases. Early detection can dramatically change this scenario.

The South African Children’s Cancer Study Group (SACCSG) has developed a set of early warning signs for childhood cancer, which has been adopted by the International Society of Paediatric Oncology. Leaflets detailing these early warning signs are available from CHOC as part of the organisation’s Awareness Programme, which includes training health care workers, traditional healers, and communities in detecting these vital early warning signs.

To date CHOC has trained 18 000 people, which has led to a noticeable increase in referrals. Should you be a survivor of Childhood Cancer, we would love to hear from you. Please contact CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation at 012 323 3490 or email antonella.swanepoel@choc.org.za