Over 14 million individuals worldwide are diagnosed with cancer every year. Over 100,000 South Africans are affected by cancer annually (1 in 4 people in our country). Cancer Buddies, a free and easily accessible peer-to-peer Buddy Support network aims to support and empower patients, caregivers and families.
Cancer Buddies NPC offers one-on-one support, practical advice and guidance in tackling the impact of a Cancer diagnosis and nutritional and lifestyle changes in overcoming physical, emotional and mental obstacles on the road to recovery. They have roughly 15 years experience in this field.
What makes Cancer Buddies unique?
According to spokesperson Brett Simpson, Cancer Buddies is unique. Newly diagnosed cancer patients are matched with survivors trained to offer support and guidance. This helps cancer patients and their loved ones to come to terms with their cancer journey. This is done in way that they don’t feel isolated and overwhelmed. Simpson was diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma cancer in 2007.
The landscape of how people cope with and heal through cancer today is changing tremendously quickly. This is thanks to new & groundbreaking science. This speaks to how our emotions and thinking affects our physical bodies.
The impact of his cancer diagnosis was an emotional and psychological rollercoaster. Simpson was faced with the fear of death for the first time in his life. He also faced the fear of whole-hearted living.
When he had the opportunity to meet with a cancer survivor it changed this perspective. This person understood his fears, insecurities and his specific cancer because they had walked in his shoes. He then understood that cancer didn’t mean death. Simpson was able to shift his negative thoughts and nurture the hope he had left and use it to heal.
Cancer Buddies Backabuddy Campaign Info
Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s centenary and Breast Cancer Awareness month (October), the Cancer Buddies team have created a crowdfunding campaign on Backabuddy. Their aim is to raise R100,000 to extend their service offering to the Xhosa community. According to their analysis, cancer support organizations predominately only cater to English and Afrikaans speakers.
According to census data from 2011, more than 8.15 million individuals speak Xhosa in South Africa. Cancer Buddies have a responsibility to bridge the language gap and branch out to lower income areas who could use our support.
With the money, Cancer Buddies will be able to employ retired oncology nurse for a year. The nurse will answer their toll free helpline in Xhosa. This will also help them to translate their website and adapt their social media strategy to include English and Xhosa content. The funds will also keep Cancer Buddies operational for the next 4 months.
Here’s how you can help out Cancer Buddies
The campaign launched early in this month and so far R13,785.67 has been raised towards their goal. Click here to make a donation to help them to reach their goal. You will be supporting a good cause, so what are you waiting for?
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