Cape Town’s very own Natural Wonder of the World lit up in gold on Tuesday between 8 pm and 9 pm to honour the survivors, fighters and those who have passed away from childhood cancer.
With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness month, CANSA TLC (Cancer Association of South Africa: Tough Living with Cancer) along with G1 Red Cross, G3 Tygerberg, a few other organisations as well as some super mommies banded together to create more awareness about childhood cancer, and what better way to do it than by lighting up Table Mountain with a golden beam!
While there are many colours that represent different types of cancer, gold represents all forms of cancer affecting children.
The initiative was supported by the Western Cape government and SANParks. “It’s the first time ever that it’s happened here”, said Anthea Lewis, who is CANSA TLC’s coordinator for the Western Cape, currently responsible for 247 children and teenagers fighting cancer.
CANSA has been in existence for 89 years and offers support for patients and families fighting all types of cancer. Anthea told VK News that in the past there were between 600 and 700 children being diagnosed with cancer per year in South Africa. According to statistics, the numbers have now increased, showing between 800 and 1000 diagnoses, with a survival rate of 55%.
The most common types of cancer in South Africa include leukaemia (cancer of the blood), lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes), brain cancer, nephroblastomas (cancer of the kidneys, also known as Wilms tumours) and soft tissue sarcomas (where it is either Ewing’s sarcoma or osteosarcoma).