massage a lifeline

spoiled: Children with life-threatening illnesses werepampered at the Mangwanani African Day Spa yesterday. Pic: VELI NHLAPO. 21/02/2010. © Sowetan. 

20100221VNH. Children from Johannesburg with life-threatening illnesses enjoying pampering and spa treatment with local celebrities at the Mangwanani Original African Day Spa. Thato,Linda, Miss Teen SA Chantel Janjies,Aamina and Talenta  at Johannesburg.PHOTO:VELI NHLAPO.
spoiled: Children with life-threatening illnesses werepampered at the Mangwanani African Day Spa yesterday. Pic: VELI NHLAPO. 21/02/2010. © Sowetan. 20100221VNH. Children from Johannesburg with life-threatening illnesses enjoying pampering and spa treatment with local celebrities at the Mangwanani Original African Day Spa. Thato,Linda, Miss Teen SA Chantel Janjies,Aamina and Talenta at Johannesburg.PHOTO:VELI NHLAPO.

FOR children with life-threatening illnesses, treatment usually involves lengthy periods in hospital and large doses of medicine.

FOR children with life-threatening illnesses, treatment usually involves lengthy periods in hospital and large doses of medicine.

But for more than 50 children in Johannesburg, treatment entailed full body, neck, shoulder and foot massages at a spa yesterday.

The Mangwanani African Day Spa closed its doors to the public to treat 54 children with chronic illnesses and their families to a day at the spa. The mother and daughter teams also spent time with actress Hlubi Mboya, Miss SA Nicole Flint and Miss Teen SA Chante Jantjies.

The children suffer from illnesses such as cancer and were all beneficiaries of the Reach for a Dream Foundation, which fulfills the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Asma Dhodhat, 16, of Lenasia, said she enjoyed her first spa treatment.

"It was very nice and relaxing. I almost fell asleep while they were massaging my feet," Asma said.

Asma was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008.

Bronwyn feldwick-Davis of the Foundation said: "The day allows us an opportunity to give the families a chance to take their minds off the hospital, treatments and medication and bond as a family. It helps the children relax and respond better to their treatment."

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