This has got to be one of the craziest things I have ever attempted. The Comrades Marathon 2010 will be run on 30 May 2010 between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is an 89km ultra marathon that is considered by many to be the best and most challenging ultra marathon in the world. This year there are more than 20 000 runners taking on this race. Each for their own reason.
I am running to raise money and awareness for the Pinkdrive. They promote breast cancer awareness and prevention. I am doing this because my mom has just lost the battle to breast cancer. She passed away on Sunday 16 May 2010, 2 weeks before the 2010 Comrades Marathon. I have decided to run each of the 89km’s for someone who fighting the battle against breast cancer or has lost the battle to breast cancer.
On race day I will be carrying a laminated card with each of their names and their details on the road between Maritzburg and Durban. I am obviously looking for individuals, families or businesses to sponsor each of those 89 kilometres.
If you would like to sponsor a kilometre or just to make a donation to our 89 Memories initiative the Pink Drive Bank details are as follows:
Account Name: PinkDrive (Comrades)
Account Number: 1825 011 109
Branch Code: 182505
Branch Name: Clearwater Mall
Reference to use: 89 Memories & Your Name
If you are not in South Africa and would like to donate the Swift Code you would require is NEDSZAJJ
If you would like more information please mail me on email@example.com and I’ll get all the details to you.
If you can’t sponsor please will you pass the details of this page on to your friends and family to help me get the word out.
Below is the list of people I will be running a kilometre for:
1. My mom (Lynthia) was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1998. She went through aggressive chemotherapy and was in remission until late 2008. It was then discovered that the cancer had returned and had spread into her bones and kidneys and a primary inoperable tumour was discovered in her lungs. She went through 3 very aggressive courses of chemo but none of them have worked. She lost the battle in the early hours of Sunday morning, the 16th of May 2010 and passed away peacefully in her sleep at home.
2. In memory of Shirley Baker – who passed away 7 years in October. She fought Ovarian Cancer for 4 years and unfortunately she could no longer do so. “I miss you Mom so much, and every day I wish I could call you to see how you are and tell you what is happening. Mom you were always my shoulder to cry on during my ups and down in my life, and you stood by me when I made the decision to start divorce proceedings. Mom you were there to laugh with, you were like a naughty little girl and I miss your laughter in my life. Both of us your daughters Joan and Bev laugh and joke with your grand-daughters (Joan’s girls) and they love hearing stories about you. I will always love and miss you each day. Bev”
3. Lynne Anne Murrell, our Mum, was hospitalized late in June 2009 with tummy problems, a scope revealed a nasty ulcer and when the surgeon operated he found our worst nightmare. The ulcer was in fact a cancerous tumor. Due to the type of cancer and severity, the diagnosis was terminal. This diagnosis was quickly overshadowed by all the health issues Mum faced, it seemed every day a different battle begun!
For the next 6 months, Mum fought tooth and nail through several surgeries (they removed 75% of her stomach) chemotherapy, radiation, pneumonia, seizures etc. She spent more time in hospital than at home. Mum made an impact on everyone she met, she dazzled doctors, nurses and fellow patients with her infectious laugh and never give up attitude. Not even a brain hemorrhage and severe memory loss stopped her eyes from glinting with love and laughter! Mum touched so many lives, was and still is loved by so many people. Mum, you are with us for always. We love and miss you more than words could ever say. But with all you taught us, we stay strong as a family. Until we meet again. With all our Love Neil, Di, Craig & Courtney xXxX
4. In remembrance of Liz Groenewald
5. This kilometre has been sponsored by Nicola Scorgie and Tracy Hurst in support of any one who is fighting this horrible disease right now.
6. The Grade R Unit of King David Victory Park Pre-primary school are sponsoring this kilometre in support of one of their moms, Lauren Stein who is fighting the battle against breast cancer. Lauren is a mother of two small children and has only recently found out she has breast cancer. Her daughter, Jenna is in Grade R and her son, Dani is only 3.
7. Bailey Schneider (Part of the 94.7 Afternoon Drive team) is sponosoring this kilometre in memory of her gran. “I’d like to sponsor the 7th km in honour of my gran. Daphne was born on the 07/07 so it is only fitting. We lost her to Pancreatic Cancer on the 19th of September 2001. Daphne was always baking delicious treats, loved making jewellery and was the most amazing mother and doting, wonderful grandmother. She always had a sunny smile on her face no matter what and is missed by our whole family every single day. We found out about her Cancer at the time I was getting my drivers license. I always wanted to pick her up and take her for a coffee and muffin like we had always talked about, but she passed away before I got the chance. It’s something I’ve never forgotten and so while I never got the chance to do the things I wanted to with her while she was alive, perhaps I can do this for her, in her memory.”
8. Eleanor Judith Webber fondly known as Judy. Passed away on 8th June 2006 after a brave fight against breast cancer. Darling Jude will be remembered always for her gentle spirit and kind, generous heart. She carried a bright light within her and shared her talents and gifts with everyone. She was a talented painter with an eye for beauty and a love of colour. She loved her family with enormous passion and supported her children, husband, family anfd friends in all their endeavours. She loved the bush and took time to meditate and reflect in the quietness and peace of nature; she could name any tree and loved birdwatching. We miss her every day. She died just short of a month before the births of her first two grandchilden but she lives on in our hearts and continues to watch us and love us from above. Jude, we miss you and love you forever, you live on in our memories and give us strength and hope. You were so brave and so strong. Love your son Brad, daughter-in-law Tammy and grandchildren Amelie and Jess who look at your paintings every day.
9. Jeroen Schoenmakers (The Netherlands) would like to dedicate this kilometre to all who have lost and all who will, heres hoping this contributes to making things better real soon.
10. This kilometre is being sponsored by the Brescia House Serviam Club (the primary school’s outreach team, co-ordinated by a very dedicated teacher, Anne Sugden, who has also lost close family to cancer) and dedicated to the current Mums of Brescia House who have breast cancer; and the fact that we’re a girls’ school, breast cancer is something of which we should all be very much aware. (The Serviam Club are currently sewing knitted squares into jerseys for orphaned toddlers!)
11. We would like to sponser the 11th kilometer in memory of our gran Sue Lamprecht, and dad Steve Peyper, who lost the battle with cancer, our gran passed away in 1996, and dad in 2006. You’ll always be with us and we love you dearly… From our whole family…
12. “It would be a true honour for us to sponsor the 12th km in loving memory of the only Gran whom I never got the chance to meet, Ouma Sus Pienaar she lost a battle to breast cancer at the age of 45 in 1988 and from what I hear she was the best mother, wife and loving person in the world. This one is for you ouma with all our love!!!”
13. Sponsored by Gumjidio Graphic Innovations – Details to Follow
14. This kilometre is being run in memory of Graham Harvey – He was diagnosed with CA spine in 2002 and was given 6 months and told he would never walk again. He fought so hard and was an inspiration to every person he met because of his courage and determination. (family, friends, doctors and nurses both in South Africa and in the UK) Not only did he out live the Dr’s prediction by 5 years but he walked onto the plane when he and his wife Jenny ( a breast cancer survivor herself) moved to the UK in 2004. Unfortunately Graham lost his fight on the 14 Feb 2007 but he will never be forgotten by any of us! We love and miss you Dad/ Granddad. All our Love Gill and Kaela Warren
15. “This kilometre is being run in memory of my Dearest Mum Winsome Patricia Mundell Wright Dove who passed away on the 15th September 2007 from Liver Cancer. Not a day goes by that I do not miss her. So please carry her with you on your run.”
16. My Mom was born on the 16th of March 1951. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday 16th May 2010. Mom worked for DRD Gold for many years and loved what she did immensely. DRD have been amazing to my Mom in the months leading up to her passing. Mom grew increasingly weak and tired in the months preceding her death and the management at DRD Gold allowed her to leave early when she was not feeling great. Mom got to the point a couple of months ago where she was unable to drive anymore because of the pain in her arms, she tendered her resignation and the management of DRD would not accept it. They arranged for someone to collect my mother from home every morning and when she was tired and wanted to go home, they arranged someone to take her home. There were days when she was too weak or in too much pain to even leave the house to go to work and they understood this. Just two weeks ago she finally got to the point where she felt she just couldn’t go out for periods longer than a couple of hours and had to give up work altogether. All the staff at DRD put a farewell on for her on Friday 14th May 2010. I spoke to her a few times throughout the day and she was having the best time. I am honoured to run kilometre 16, sponsored by DRD Gold, in memory of my Mom. Your compassion towards my Mom in her final months was truly breathtaking. Thank you.
17. Sponsored by Matt van Deventer in support of anyone who has lost someone to breast cancer.
18. “In memory of my loving dad Archie Triegaardt who passed away in January 2001 from colon cancer. Dad, your leaving us happened too fast. We miss you tremendiously. We know that you are with the other angels looking down at us and protecting us. We love and miss you lots. Your daughter Patsy and the rest of the family” Kilometre 18 is Significant because Archie Trigaardt was born on the 18th of November.
19. In loving memory of Claude and Mattie Prestedge. Both taken too soon by cancer. Always in our thoughts, lovingly remembered by all their family.
20. “In 2004 my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer, and underwent a couple of chemotherapy treatments. In early 2005 she was free from Cancer and was very happy, about 5 months later they discovered the cancer tumor again in her colon. Once again she had to undergo a couple of chemotherapy treatments, but I am very Glad and thank GOD everyday that she has survived it and, never lose faith. I am so grateful to GOD for keeping our mom save and happy. I would like to sponsor KM 20 For my mom Marie-Elize. I love you mom” – Ruan Bronkhorst
21. In loving memory of Lella Cullingworth, who sadly passed away from breast cancer on 11 April 2008. Lella was diagnosed with breast cancer the week before she was due to give birth to her second child and battled the disease bravely for over a decade. Through all the tests and cancer treatments, she managed to be strong and positive and she helped many others through their difficult times. Lella always said Chemo is my best friend, and that was very true. No matter how sick it made her, chemo kept her here on earth with us for a lot longer than should otherwise have been possible. Lella was a living Angel and touched the lives of every single person who came into contact with her. Lella had 2 very special sayings which are so true, “This too shall pass” and “We are here to live a good time, not a long time”. We should all live by these mottos!
22. “My Mom, Sandy Opie, passed away on 22 March 2004. In November 2003 she was diagnosed with Melanoma. Melanoma is skin cancer and unfortunately there is no cure for this type of cancer. My mom had lesions on her brain, her lungs and her liver. The doctors told her that had between 6 months to a year to live. She was treated with Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy to try and slow the cancer down, unfortunately these options did not work and within in four and a half months of her diagnosis she passed away at Hospice in Houghton. She was 51 years old. We miss her every day.”
We will always remember my mom as a fun-loving, inspiring and caring individual. Her family always came first. She loved to cook and bake and make sure that our house was a home. I was privileged enough to always have my mom waiting for me when I arrived home from school. My parents always made sure that our birthdays were special and that we always enjoyed fabulous holidays. My mom loved animals and she was an avid bird watcher. She also loved cycling and totally idolised Lance Armstrong and his fight against cancer. She would have been very inspired by Brad’s Comrades attempt and his dedication to the Pink Cause.
I hope that all the cancer angels are running with you on Sunday and that they give you a lot of strength to keep going.”
23. Sponsored by Valeen Adams – Details to Follow
24. Sponsored by Jeremy Mansfield 94.7 Highveld Stereo Rude Awakening
25. “I would like to sponsor the 26th km that you will be running in the memory of my momCarol Strydom she lost the battle to breast cancer 8 years ago.” Natalie Spence
26. GEA Process Engineering would like to sponsor the 26th kilometer in memory of Sean McMahon an employee of the company who lost the battle with cancer in 2008
27. “I would like to sponsor your 27th Km, in loving memory of both my father John Hoare and grandmother Pam Thomlinson Who both lost their fight to cancer in 2006/2007. We as a family were very fortunate that both my Father and grandmother did not suffer and there cancer was not per longed and they lived for a very short time after being diagnosed. Even though it did not give us enough time to say our good bye, We live everyday with their memories and know that they are with us.” Kym Fraser – I know that with each step you take that the spirit and loving thoughts of all the people that have support you with give you the strength to go forward as so many family have to do when losing a family member to this illness.
28. “In loving memory of our beloved mother, Joan Sinclair, who gave up the fight on 14 February 2010. Loved and missed by Ian and Isabelle; Bruce, Desre and the children.”
29. This kilometre has been sponsored by Shirley Jordaan in support of her very brave daughter, Shelley-Lyn Rasmussen who was diagnozed with breast cancer last March at age 29. Shelley had recently emigrated to Australia with her husband Peter and baby girl Layla and had only been there for four months when she discovered the lump! She has been so brave this past year throughout radical surgery, chemo and radiation therapy in a strange country without the support of family or friends. By the grace of God, she is keeping well although she is still having treatment. On Mother’s Day she ran a 4km race in support of Breast Cancer and this past Sunday, she ran a 14km race in Perth to raise funds for the Cancer Council of Western Australia who were a tremendous support to her.
30. This kilometre is being run in memory and in support of John and Vladimira (Bebek) Ruckard. John was diagnosed with cancer of the jaw in November 1992. After two surgeries and a battle bravely fought with pride and dignity he lost the battle on the 18th of February 1995. He will always be remembered and sorely missed. Vladimira was first diagnosed with breast cancer in her right breast at the age of 37 in 1986. A year later she had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Approximately ten years ago the cancer reoccurred in her left breast, which was removed and she underwent three months of radiation treatment. Thankfully she is in good health today and it is a huge honour for me to run this kilometre in support of Vladimira. Her fighting spirit is truly inspiring.
31. This kilometre is being run in memory of Lynn Gilmore – she past away from breast cancer a few years back. She was a great mother, a wondeful lady who was very special person.
32. “In memory of my beloved Mom, Margaret “Peggy” Bruchhausen, died on 20 September 2008 from cancer. A battle bravely fought for two and half years. Her courage and determination was an example to all. She will always be remembered and sorely missed by all who knew her.
33. I would like to sponsor the 33rd km in honour of my beautiful mother Mandy Moxon that lost her battle with breast cancer on the 1st January 1988 aged only 46. Unfortunately my sister was only 15 and myself 19 at the time so have spent most of our adults lives without her. She was an incredibly beautiful woman both inside and out and we all miss her terribly. I ran a 5km race for Cancer research back in 2004 in the UK and I know she was with me when i heard her song ‘Mandy’ at lunch an hour after the race finished. She and all your other sponsor families will also be running with you?on the day. Good luck.
34. In Loving memory of Jason Mitchell (JD) who died tragically in a car accident on the 6 May 2009, cancer is a cause he would have supported having lost family due to cancer.? Sport he enjoyed. Sadly missed by wife Marcelle and family.
35. Our Manager, Gwen du Preez was diagnosed with cancer the first time in 1996. The cancer then spread to her ovaries and later to her stomach. With the correct treatment she beat the cancer and went into remission for a couple of years.
In 2007 she was diagnosed with brain cancer. At that stage her doctors informed her that she will not see the end of 2007. And brave as she is, she decided that only God will decide her fate. She is still going strong.
The tumor on her brain became dormant, and she lived a healthy and happy life.
Last year October she went for her check up and was informed that the tumor have started growing at a rapid speed. Her prognosis was not good at all, and yet again she decided that she is not ready to give up. She is such a brave woman to carry a burden this big, although she says she’s got God on her side. Through it all she remained the most wonderful, caring, loving and most of all, positive person we have ever known.
She taught us how to live life and be thankful to our Heavenly Farther for giving us the opportunity to breathe. She gives love to every single person in her life even when she is down and out from the chemo. Gwen you touched our hearts with your sincerity and positive attitude towards your situation. We pray that God will keep you safe, and remember all of us here at subscriptions love you.
36. I received an sms literally minutes after finishing my radio show on Thursday evening and this is what it said “Hey good luck with the race Brad hope you do well. Please do well because I had a friend who had leukaemia and unfortunately he lost his battle after it cam back. But as much as I want 2 run the race I’m 2 young because I am only 13 on the 3 of October and he would have turned 10 on the 19 of October this year so I will just wish u good luck from Michaela Stenneck in grade 7 at Arbor primary.” It literally brought me to tears, being a father myself and having a little boy almost the same age and this message really touched me. I called Michaela to get more details and she told me her friends name was Reece Jordan. I am going to be running this kilometre in honour of Reece and his very special friend Michaela who’s sms really spoke to me. I think we all need friends like that. A close friend of mine, Jenny Smith, has made a donation to the PinkDrive on their behalf too.
37. We would like to sponsor you a kilometre in Roja Kisten’s name.
“For I will restore health unto thee, and will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 30:17
THE TEP TEAM!
38. “My family and I have sponsored R300 for my sister, ANN TIMP of Benoni, who has been suffering from colon cancer for the past 3 years. Ann underwent a second operation recently and is at present undergoing 6 months of intense chemotherapy. This sponsorship has been made on her behalf as we are so proud of her courageous spirit! With much love from Wally & Laura Smith & children Laurie, Angie, Diane & Mary.”
39. “I work for sunninghill hospital and my collegue is fighting a battle with cancer very bravely. She was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago was cleared but now it has spread to her lungs.Olga Sebaeng is a registered nurse in orchid ward, she takes care of her patients with a smile. I would like her to know that we love and think about her all the time. Orchid ward together with our friends around the hospital would like to sponsor a kilometer on her behalf.”
40. “My name is Penny Wood and I am a survivor of breast cancer. I wish to remember Bev Lurie who did not survive cancer, but her soul lives on in all her children and the rest of her warm hearted extended family – husband, mother, father, sisters and brothers, all too many to mention. I would also like to dedicate this kilometer to Johann Strauss who is at the present time going though Chemo.”
41. I would like to sponsor kilometre number 41 in the memory of my mom Jill van Zyl who died of cancer on the 24th of September 2002 after a battle of having cancer on and off for 13 years.
42. We would like to dedicate the 42nd km in loving memory of a husband, father, son, brother and uncle,John Ted Botha who lost the battle with cancer on 2 March 2009 at the age of 42. John, you are missed every second of every day.
Love Mom and Diane.
43. This kilometre is in support of Bev Baxter.
Bev was diagnosed with breast cancer as well as cancer in the bone in April 2010 and is currently undergoing treatment. Bev is tackling this with the same commitment she gives everything in life – she is positive, motivated and is willing to meet all the challenges that lie ahead.
Bev has a very supportive husband Greg, two teenage children and a mother who has moved from her own home in Vryheid to stay with Bev and Greg, to help them through this rocky road.
She has the full support of the company she works for as well as everyone from the KlinicaSA team. She also has a special place in the hearts of all her friends.
We wish her well on this long journey and our thoughts and prayers are with her every step of the way. The team at Klinica SA Agencies.
44. This kilometre has been sponsored by Maureen Evans in support of all the women who are fighting this battle right now.
45. Everyone who Knew Vianne Basch would agree that she was the most positive person around, she was always full of smiles and laughs. she had an abundance of love to go around, and always put others befor herself. Vianne was taken from us at the young age of 44 in february 2010. Vianne was a beautiful woman, a wonderful mother and a good friend. We will miss her dearly
46. Sponsored by Furniture for Africa. We are very fortunate in that nobody in our direct family has been diagnosed. This sponsorship is in honor of every person who have battled with this terrible disease / had to watch & support a loved one. May God’s grace be upon you all. We chose this km, as it is just over the halfway mark, and symbolizes the highs and lows, and continuous battle against this disease.
47. “In memory of my father, Ken Wilson, who lost his battle with prostate cancer on 30th April 2010. Dad, this kilometre is for you, you were my wonderful father for 47 years. I miss you so much. Your loving daughter, Wendy.”
48. In loving memory of Patricia Goldridge (fondly known as Patty).
Pat joined us, Duet Industrial Technology, in 2003 as a Receptionist. Everybody loved Pat from the start. Pat was a great asset to the company as she had a vibrant personality and was always full of smiles and laughs. Pat never had a bad word to say about anyone, and always willing to help.
In December 2007 Pat fell ill and was diagnosed with cancer. After months of chemo and much suffering Pat finally succumed to her illness and passed away on 2nd September 2009.
Pat never complained during her illness, and even on her worst days she still insisted on coming to work, even if it was for just a few hours.
Pat was loved by all and will always be sorely missed by everyone at DUET.
49. This kilomtre is being run in support of Gary Smit. “My uncle is a survivor, its special because they gave him a weekend to live once diagnosed, that was at 30, He is 47 today and going strong” – Kyle Smit
50. Sponsored by Tasryn Foster – “I would like you to run the 50k mark in memory of my dad. Derek Foster passed away in 2007 at 50 years and 1 month old. He was diagnosed with cancer 9 months before he passed away however they could not locate the cancer (until the week he was dying). He braved the Chemo and radiation even though he didnt want to go through it, he did it for his family. He was a lovely father and husband. He was extremely loving and caring and would do anything for those he loved. We miss you terribly and think of you every day.
Dare to dream,
dream to Love,
Love to live,
Live to enjoy,
And always smile!!!
Lifes short forgive and forget!!!!”
51. “I would like to dedicate 1km to my mother, Leentje Armstrong, who lost her battle with Breast Cancer in April 2003 (Age 51) She was the glue that kept our family together and I miss her every day!! I wish you all the best for Sunday and will be watching you all the way.” Mitzi Reitz
“I would also like to? dedicate this kilometre to my beloved sister Leentje Armstrong, who bravely, kept smiling all the way.” Jopie van Wieringen
52. Ons wil graag die 52ste kilometer aan ons oom en vriend, Al Ungerer opdra, dit is hoe oud hy tans is. Hy is onlangs eers gediagnoseer met kanker, hy was nog altyd ‘n gesonde mens en daar was geen waarskuwings seine nie, daarom is dit nogsteeds sooo onwerklik vir almal van ons. Hy is ‘n wonderlike mens en is in so baie mense se gedagtes, harte en gebede. Ons weet nie wat vir hom voorlè nie, daarom lê ons hom graag voor Jesus se voete neer. Ons sal almal saam staan in Gebed en Geloof en hierdie stryd saam aanpak. Namens sy vriende & familie wil ons net sê “Oom Al, jy is in ons almal se gebede en ons wens jou alle sterkte toe met watookal oor jou pad gestuur mag word. Jy was nog altyd ‘n vegter gewees en met God aan ons kant kan ons alles oorwin. Ons sal jou elke dag in gebed opdra en in ons harte saamdra”. Oom Neef, ons gebede is met jou en jou hele familie. Ons weet julle sal hierdeur kom, die Here se genade is groot en Hy is almagtig. Liefde,
Almal van ons
“Ek is tot alles in staat deur Hom wat my krag gee”
53. This kilometre is sponsored by Brigette de Bruyn – “My mom (Willo) got breast cancer in 1992 and she has been in remission for 17 years now. She is the most amazing person you’ll ever meet, full of energy, enthusiasm and positivity and laughs, which is probably the reason she has come this far. Good luck with the race, we’ll all be thinking of you.”
54. This km is to be dedicated to Dr. Michael Hunt of M. S. Hunt consultants, who passed away in 2009 from cancer.
55. This kilometre has been sponsored by my sister Debbie (who will be on the side of the road near Cowie’s Hill on Sunday supporting me) in honour of our Mom.
56. Henry Gower lost the battle to brain cancer 24 years ago at the age of 32. Proudly sponsored by Sandra, Brett and Jared Gower.
57. Nathan Jardine is sponsoring this kilometre in memory of his uncle “I would like to sponsor kilometre number 57 in memory of my Uncle, Manny Jardine. My uncle was one amazing person who went through some extremely tough times during his life, however, this never broke his spirit. He always had time to spend with us and never ever lost his sense of humour or patience. He would spend hours with us discussing the stars and/or anything that would be interesting to a young child. Unfortunately he passed away from lung cancer last year, and even though it was an extremely sad time for the family, his death has not been in vain as during his last couple of days we had long conversations regarding what he would love to happen after he is gone, and the only thing that he really wanted was for his family to make Jesus their Lord and Saviour…… and my gosh did this happen. He has set my family on the right track and he is defiantly smiling down on us from heaven”
He was a keen runner and has completed the comrades a couple of times. His race number was 17409.
58. My name is Constance Jeremiah, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the age of 32, and I had a mastectomy, aggressive Chemotherapy and even more aggressive Radiation. This kilometer is in honor of my mom Maureen Jeremiah, who after suffering with Breast Cancer for over 20 years, died at the young age of 58.She has been my inspiration and is sadly missed. I love you Mum.
59. The CEO of the company my Mom worked for, DRD Gold Limited has sponsored this kilometre in memory of my Mom, Lynthia. I am running the 59th kilometre for her because she passed away to soon, she turned 59 on March 16 2010. I love you Mom.
60. I would like you to run the 60th kilometer for my dad Pieter Carl Mills (Freddy) who would have turned 60 this year. He was never a sickly man, but was diagnosed in January 2006 but sadly passed away 1 May 2006 I miss him everyday especially our evening walks which was our time. Dad you are missed everyday and I wish you could have gotten better and stayed a while longer. Even though Juan-drey was only 4 at the time, he is asking everyday when you are coming back.
61. I would like to sponsor the 61st Kilometer, in memory of my father, Franco Carelle, who suffered for 2 years with pancreatic cancer and eventually lost the battle in the early hours of the 4th March 2008 at age 61. I am so sorry you suffered so much pain but you were so brave, may you rest in peace. Papa, I love you very much and miss you so much. Your daughter always, Paola
62. “When our mom (Wendy Clark) was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 years ago – our worlds fell apart. She chose to only have the lump removed and was confirmed clear, much to our relief. However, towards the end of last year (2009), after 18 years in remission and religious annual scans and check-ups, the breast cancer came back. This time, she chose to have a double mastectomy which she underwent in early December. Two weeks ago she had her reconstructive surgery and is going strong! Her positive attitude, inner strength and fighting spirit that she has shown throughout this ordeal has been remarkable. She is a survivor and an inspiration to us all. We love you Mom. With love Dad, Nikki, Mark, Jamie, Kirsti and Sarah. xxxx”
63. Kilometre 63 km in memory of Claus Dieter Nowack, he died of Colon Cancer after a short battle with it, also being misdiagnosed for over a year “Dad, even after eleven years I still miss you all the time and it seems it happened today!! You knew you were going to die when your two year old grand daughter sat with you in your hospital bed, just like your father did after I sat at the same age on his hospital bed! We are still proud, honored and glad we took you home and cared for you the last few days of your live. I know the work I am doing makes you proud! I love you forever. Your loving daughter Michaela Thomas”
64. Kilometre number 64 is dedicated to Luïse Botha, wife, mom, and granny who would have been 64 this year. She was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in June 2003. After a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation therapy she was clean of cancer for almost 4 years. In July 2007 she got sick again and was diagnosed with lung cancer. She fought the cancer with all her strength but lost the battle on 15 January 2008. She will always be remembered for the wonderful teacher she was, for her hospitality, warm heartedness, kindness, laughter, wonderful friendships, deep faith in God and her unshakable love for her husband, children and grandchildren. Mom, the memories of you will always be with us. Wish we could hug you one last time; say we love you, just one more time. But we’ll see you again one day. Until we meet again! With all our love. Dirk, Faan and Ella, Heinrich and Corne , Isak en Hildegard, Dirk (jnr) and all your grandchildren André, Dirk, Zoë-Luïse, Jané-Lisa and Luïse
65. In memory of Marietjie Oberholster (23.01.1945 – 16.05.2010) who passed away at the age of 65 on 16 May 2010, after battling with breast cancer for 30 years. Your beautiful spirit touched so many lives and as much as we all believe that you deserve the healing and peace you have found in heaven, we will miss you dearly.
66. This kilometre is sponsored by Samantha Cowen (94.7 Highveld Stereo Rude Awakening) “If I could have kilometer 66 for my mom Mary Cowen that would be great. That’s how old she is this year and fighting breast cancer for the second time. I hate cancer. Cancer is like a thief that comes in the night. You have no warning, suspicion or preparation. Mum had bloods taken in January and she was fine. By March there were lumps in all her lymph nodes. Chemotherapy is heavy and brutal. But She is wonderful. She may have lost her hair, eyebrows and eyelashes but she has not lost her spirit, her sense of humour or her sense of fun. I love her.”
67. “In memory of Chris Pelzer – The BEST dad in the world. My dad had cancer in his bladder, which the doctors removed and he had one of those “bags”. There was still cancer in him and they took him up in hospital where he fought this cancer bravely. But in the end he lost the battle on 11 July 2009. My mom and I miss him alot. Brad we thank you for taking this initiative for cancer patients. Dad, we miss you very much. Love Emmie and Marius.”
68. This kilometre is run in memory of Dudley Cartwright. He died of pancreas and liver cancer November 2009; he was only 67 years old. We only found out 2 weeks before he died – it was a very traumatic event. He was the best dad, granddad and husband ever!!! We miss him very much, and a day never goes by that we don’t think of him. At times it is very tough without him. Wish you were here dad!!! We miss you and love you tons Eileen, Linda, Penny, Tayla and Dayna
69. By taking this number I am honouring all the hard working people that work at CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa). At the age of 18 I had stage 4 testicular cancer which spread to my lungs and kidneys. As a survivor and a patron of the organization I see how hard the volunteers work, making life a little more comfortable for those with the disease. – Mark Pligrim 94.7 Highveld Stereo & 94.5 KFM Presenter and TV Personailty
70. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rina Theron, who had a mastectomy on 20 April 2010 and will shortly start with chemotherapy; a few short months ago no one knew that you would face this journey. But as you prepare for treatment, we believe that you will never be alone on this journey and that you will be surrounded by angels both in human and spirit. We look forward to celebrating your 70th birthday with you on 24 July 2010 and we trust many more thereafter.
71. “This kilometre is in memory of my husband’s mom, Merle Levitt, who died of breast cancer in 1986 at the age of 42, after battling for six years with dignity and strength. She left a legacy of kindness, compassion, wisdom and generosity, and she is still sorely missed and so warmly remembered”.
72. This kilometre has been sponsored – details to follow
73. “Terence Tobin of My Money Financial Planners in Fourways has sponsored this kilometre for all ladies and their families and friends who have been affected by breast cancer. www.mymoney.co.za”
74. “Please run kilometer 74 in support of my mom, Pat Jansen van Rensburg, who will on the day you run have been diagnosed 74 days ago with lung cancer, and is still bravely fighting the war. Her courage has been an inspiration to my sister Brenda, my brother Neil, my dad Ronnie and myself. In these short 74 days many battles have been fought and won, and we know we are going to win the war.” Michelle Kleinsmit
75. This kilometre is being run for Kathy Green – Details to follow
76. This kilometre is in honour of Sheila Loots – “We choose 76 as it is her age, and we all, that is her 5 daughters, Hazel, Brenda, Debbie, Jenny and Sandy, son in-laws ,17 grandkids, 16 great grandkids all wish her well , so Mom keep up the good sprit we all love you and pray for you every day.”
77. “I am sponsoring this kilometre in honour and support of 3 special people. My beloved mom, Felicia Weidemanwho lost the battle to colon and finally liver cancer on 18 September 1998. She fought the disease for 5 long years. I miss her everyday; she wasnt there to see me marry the love of my life, nor the birth of her grandson Logan. Love you Mommy. George van der Walt- the husband of a good friend at work who fought liver cancer from the young age of 24 and finally lost the fight in January this year and Holly Dutton, a healthy 11 year old girl who survived and conquered Wilms’ tumour; she was diagnosed before the age of 2. God Bless you in your run and and your work. As you run each km I will be holding these special people close to my heart. All the best and run well Naomi, my husband Gary and precious son Logan”
78. “My mom’s name is Doris May Vermaak – nee Sol, born Short and she died age 47 from a heart attack whilst getting chemo for lung cancer in July 1976. My dad’s name is Les Sol he died from lung cancer at the ripe age of 78 also strangely enough also in July 2001. They were both wonderful and I miss them every day and remember them with love and respect.” – Penny
79. Run in loving memory of Muriel Wicks who passed away in June of 1989. She was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 1979, was treated, but then succumbed to it 10 years later.
80. In memory of our Gran, Helen Lavers who passed away in 1980 as a result of breast cancer. And in tribute to her daughters and our moms, Helen van Heerden and Flo Stewart who have both overcome breast cancer. You are all incredible, amazing and strong women and we love you. Sponsored by Kim Nast and Dale Hynd.
81. “While reading through the pages of your website, I had to choke back my tears one too many times. You see, my grandmother, Kathleen Walsh, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She had to have a breast removed and she puts on a brave face for the family when indeed she has suffered. She is now in remission, and I can only hope that it stays that way. I have decided to donate/sponsor a km for your race (which I know you will do great in), for my Grandmother who means the world to me and the rest of my family, as well as Jeremy Mansfield, who is still currently fighting his battle.” Kaeleigh Walsh
82. Km 82 sponsored by MSO oncology team, in support of all the people we deal with who are fighting this battle and all those who lost the battle. Our team’s aim is to support our patients who are fighting so hard and the families of those who have lost the fight.
83. My dear friend Cathy Heaton was kind enough to sponsor this kilometre in honour of my mom
“My dedication is to Lynthia who has inspired many through her devoted son Brad and to all those who have and are still battling cancer. As a mother of sons I can only imagine how your mother must be filled with immense pride in you Brad. It brings tears to my eyes, happy tears as I imagine how proud she is of you and sad tears because I now she would have wanted nothing more than to see you fulfill your goals and dreams and to have been a part of your life for longer. But she will watch you from Heaven and guide you and be your strength. Talk to her, ask her for help when you need it, she will always be there by your side. Love, Cath”
84. Sponsored – Details to follow
85. In loving memory of the World?s best grandfather, Koos Hechter, who lost his battle against Lung Cancer at the age of 85 on the 25th of May 2010.
We will miss you and you will always be in our hearts and thoughts. We love you!
86. This kilometre is being run in support of Jenny Bird who was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 80. She had a mastectomy and has been in remission for 6 years. Jenny turns 86 on the 17 June. Proudly sponsored by the Heinrichsen Family
87. In memory of George and Val Green, both so stoic to the very end. Fondly remebered by the Liebenberg and Hauptfleisch famalies.
88. In support of Diane Solomon. In August 2005 she discovered the lump in her breast. Within the week a mastectomy was performed. I am happy to say that all is going well with her and long may it continue. Wilma McManus from Belfast NI. She too had a mastectomy but lost her battle in March last year. She had survived the cancer for 12 years but contracted a lung infection and passed away after about 12 months
89. Sponsored by David O’Sullivan