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HPCA "Laces Up" for Cancer

Author: Eric Watlington
04 February 2013

Just how crazy can you be for cancer? Crazy enough to come dressed in the most outrageous costume early hours of the morning to show your support for World Cancer Day?

This was the theme for HPCA’S 2nd annual Lace-up for cancer event which took place on Saturday, 2 February 2013. This initiative which was endorsed by HPCA’s advocacy officer, Eric Watlington was to commemorate those who have lost their lives to cancer and those who are currently living with the cancer and cancer treatment. Eric explains: “I had three close family members who have been treated for cancer and who are cancer survivors and I know that cancer not only affects the ‘patient’ but family too.”

The main article for World Cancer Day speaks about the myths surrounding cancer. There are also myths about hospice. Many people have the perception that hospice is “a place where people die” and the stigma attached to this needs to change. Hospice supports people facing the diagnosis of life-threatening illness and improves a person’s quality of life. It helps people live as actively as possible and may even prolong life.  If a person is at the end of their lives, hospice makes sure they are comfortable and experience dignity if living and in dying. Hospice also supports the family throughout a person’s illness. Events like ‘Lace up for Cancer’ give us opportunity to advocate what palliative care is really about and the benefits of hospice.

The morning started out with a cool breeze with the sun rising behind the beautiful mountains of Cape Town. There were nearly 100 participants who turned up to show their support and outfits ranged from the Easter Bunny to Spiderman.The youngest participant was Hannah Watlington (3 months old) who came dressed as an orange bug and although she couldnt walk, she completed her 5km walk by being pushed in a pram. The event started with a minute of silence to remember those who have lost their lives to Cancer.

The “best dressed” trophy was up for grabs again and for the first time ended up in a tie.Louise Furmston, who came dressed as the Easter bunny and Karly Ament, who wore an alligator costume came up tops and have decided to share the trophy until next year’s event.

This event gets better each year and for next year we are hoping to do a twilight walk/run throughout the night. Watch this space...



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