Port Elizabeth, Thursday, 25 October 2018 To show its support in the fight against cancer, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium launched a Wall of Remembrance campaign on Wednesday in Port Elizabeth.
The purpose of the launch is to honour and remember those, who demonstrated strength, resilience and courage during their cancer journey.
Special guests in attendance of the launch were representatives from the CANSA Association in Port Elizabeth, a member of the Nelson Mandela Bay council, and local cancer survivor and ambassador for the Igazi Foundation, Yolanda Bukani.
“If there is a condition that everyone in this wide, contentious and diverse world shares, it is mortality. We have all been affected by cancer one way or another, and it is for this very reason we are gathered here today,” said Sindi Ximba from the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
“To commemorate those that have fought the good fight, we are here to stand up for the warriors, celebrate the survivors, honour the fallen and to support the families and hold onto hope.”
Yolanda was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012, after a series of misdiagnoses from 2007 scans had confirmed that the cancer has spread significantly.
She had stage four cancer that had spread to 80% of her bone marrow.
As a new mother at the time and a law student at Rhodes University, she was terrified about the impact this would have on her life and her family.
After years of chemotherapy and various operations, she was told that she was finally in remission.
Yolanda has since become a model and motivational speaker to share her story and help educate local communities about cancer and the importance of bone marrow donations.
The Wall of Remembrance banner will be set up in Central for the community to see and be inspired.