Breast cancer

02 July 2009

Journey of hope

15 breast cancer survivors on Harley Davidson motorcycles, 1 journey, 1 goal, bringing hope.


Journey of Hope will be affording 12 breast cancer survivors from underprivileged communities in SA, the opportunity to have breast reconstructive surgery. Read more.

In an attempt to break down the stigmas surrounding breast cancer, fifteen women, all breast cancer survivors, will take to the road on Harley Davidson motorcycles as part of the 2009 Journey of Hope Breast Cancer Ride.

This campaign acknowledges that while breast cancer is a reality, if detected early enough, it is treatable. Unfortunately due to ignorance and a lack of information and awareness, many South African women die of breast cancer, each year.

Breast reconstructive surgery for 12 ladies
During the 2008 campaign, JOH raised more than R1 million through sponsorships from companies and donations from the public. They aim to use this money to sponsor 12 ladies who have undergone a mastectomy following breast cancer and who can’t afford it, the opportunity to have breast reconstructive surgery.

Candidates can now apply for breast reconstruction surgery. Since JOH will not be able to sponsor every application, careful attention will be paid to the criteria of the applications.

The organisers emphasise that this is not a competition and the expert panel, who will be presiding over the selection of the candidates, will be taking the given criteria into consideration and not the penmanship or the presentation of the application itself.

The 2009 JOH ride will take place from 17 - 24 of October 2009 between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

For more information, you can contact Mimi Finestone from Matrix on 084 583 3144 or via email or visit the Journey of Hope website for detailed information.

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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