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Cancer survivor's dream put her on course to health

By unknown | Jul 24, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LIFE has come full circle for Zukisa Mukwevho of Leondale, Ekurhuleni.

Mukwevho, 26, returned to the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital's oncology ward as a secretary in 2003 - the place where she was once admitted as a cancer patient.

Mukwevho was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, a debilitating cancer of the blood, when she was 12 years old.

"I lost some of my friends at the hospital to various types of cancer," she says.

Fourteen years later Mukwevho is cancer-free and has become a member of Survivors of Life-threatening Illnesses and Diseases (Solid), a group that counsels and supports young patients with terminal illnesses.

She says she owes her recovery to having a dream of owning a computer, which was fulfilled by the Reach for a Dream Foundation in 2000.

"I was in hospital and in Grade 11 when I dreamt of owning a computer," Mukwevho says. "The foundation made this possible and gave me hope that I could conquer the illness and continue my studies."

Mukwevho was among thousands of children (then) whose dreams have been fulfilled by the foundation.

Reach for a Dream celebrated its 21st birthday this month and boasts fulfilling four dreams a day for children with life-threatening illnesses.

These range from fulfilling childhood fantasies such as meeting a hero or experiences such as kissing a dolphin and a ride in a hot-air balloon, says the foundation's Sian Gutstadt.

The foundation intends to grant the wishes and dreams of 210 children by the end of August in celebration of its 21st anniversary.


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