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Cancer.Vive crew hit Caledon with some home truths

The 60-strong Cancer.Vive crew arrived on their Triumph motorcycles at The Caledon Casino, Hotel,Spa and Entertainment on the 12th of September for some much needed “R&R” and share some home truths about cancer with the resort’s employees in a lively show the following day.

Caledon was one of the many stops that the crew, made up of survivors, supporters, entertainers and media, made during their 2 300km trek across the country to raise awareness of the so-called “shy cancers” which often go undetected due to lack of knowledge, stigma, and cultural taboos.

The Cancer.Vive Annual Motorcycle Ride, one of the highlights on the organisation’s calendar, aims to educate South Africans about the most common cancers affecting both men and women, and also to identify cancer patients and survivors to be part of the PLWC Cancer Buddy Support System.

According to The Caledon’s, Paul Campbell, Director of Operations and Complex General Manager the Cancer.Vive crew – and their message – had an impact on the resort’s staff and the school pupils who attended the road show

“Many people have low awareness of the different types of cancer that affect women and men in this country,even the most common types. We wanted to inculcate a greater awareness of these cancers amongst our staff and the local community and encourage those who have concerns to take action. Early detection is key to a good prognosis and the Cancer. Vive team helped impress the importance of seeking medical help rather than waiting.

“For many people already affected by cancer, whether directly or indirectly, the crew’s message was reassuring; that there are people out there who have been through it, survived, and are ready and willing to support others going through something similar. We were thrilled that the crew included us on their tour route.

After show at The Caledon the crew hosted a show at the Prestige Factory in Caledon and went on to a community event at Bredasdorp High School before heading off to their next stop, Struisbaai.

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