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6 Million Steps in the fight against childhood cancer

12 April 2018

Peter Dunn

The incredible journey of a determined South African to make a difference

Peter Dunn is embarking on a backbreaking journey to raise awareness and funds for CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA in the fight against childhood cancer. The hike will take a gruelling six million steps to complete over a five-month period in which Peter will test his abilities to the max to signify the gruelling and unforgiving journey that children with cancer undertake in their fight against the disease. Peter, who lost his mom to cancer and the six-year-old son of very special friends, has a score to settle.

“I am planning on hiking The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), which starts at the Mexican border in a town called Campo, California, and traverses the length of the United States of America – through California, Oregon and Washington – ending at Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada,” says Peter.

“I want to take people on this harsh journey to symbolise the incredible courage that count less children face who are fighting this terrible disease so bravely,” says Peter. “The aim is to raise awareness so that every parent out there knows what the early warning signs of childhood cancer are and to raise funds to help CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA in their efforts to support and aid families whose children are fighting for their lives.” Fewer people have hiked the entire PCT than have climbed Mount Everest, and with all the undulating ascents and descents, the hike is the equivalent of almost 15 ascents of Mt Everest from sea level.

Peter’s flight tickets have been booked and he is set to start his mammoth task on Tuesday, 10 April 2018. “I want to use the opportunity to encourage everyone to support my efforts by donating to CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA.”

“We are truly honoured and grateful to Peter for partnering with CHOC as we rely on individuals and corporates for funding,” says Zelda Zukiswa Jacobs, Communications Manager at CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA. “The funds raised through this initiative will go towards our programmes of support such as psychosocial services, training and awareness of the early warning signs of childhood cancer, accommodation close to treatment centres around the country, transport to ensure that no child abandons treatment because the family is unable to afford the transport costs, food parcels as we recognise the financial difficulties families often face, parent to parent support groups and recreational activities,” explains Zelda. To get involved, visit 6 million steps and follow Peter’s journeyon Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But most of all: support CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA by donating and make sure you know what the early warning signs of childhood cancer are.

“I am doing this for those special little souls who would really want to be out and about, but just can’t. I hope that every step I take on this trail, will be worth a thousand steps forwards for each of the little warriors fighting the fights of their lives. Join me on my journey to help beat childhood cancer, one step at a time,” concludes Peter.

About CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA

Childhood Cancer is a life changing experience, we exist to serve and equip the children, families and community through their cancer journey to keep more than hope alive.

CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA is the only organisation in South Africa that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children with cancer and other lifethreatening blood disorders, and their families. CHOC has a head office in Johannesburg, six regional offices, two branches, and 12 accommodation facilities close to treatment centres. CHOC relies on corporate sponsors, donations from groups or individuals wanting to make a difference in the lives of children with cancer.

Our comprehensive support improves the wellbeing and quality of care to children with cancer and offers families a wide range of psychosocial services and practical support such as counselling, free accommodation close to treatment centres, free transport and transport fund to ensure that no child abandons treatment due to the family not affording transport costs, food parcels as they recognise the financial difficulties families often face and parent to parent support groups. CHOC plays a leading advocacy role through cancer awareness campaigns and lobbying. They also train and educate health care professional, home based care workers and traditional practitioners on the early warning signs of childhood cancer to promote early detection.

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