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Reach for Recovery turns 26 this Breast Cancer Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year Paarl Reach for Recovery celebrates 26 years of support for local breast cancer patients.

Reach for Recovery, an international group, is a non-medical programme designed to help and support women with breast cancer in their return to daily life.

Local volunteers visit women in Paarl Hospital and Mediclinic to offer their support.

In South Africa, Reach for Recovery is an autonomous non-profit organisation run by volunteers since the late 1960’s.

They have a unique focus on breast cancer support. It is built on a simple yet universal principle: that of one woman who has experienced breast cancer herself giving freely of her time and experience to assist and support another woman with breast cancer. Well-selected and trained volunteers, who each have experienced the breast cancer journey, render an emotional care and practical support programme to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families.

Most importantly, Reach For Recovery volunteers offer understanding, support, and hope because they themselves have survived breast cancer and gone on to live normal, productive lives.

In some of the regions a prosthesis service is also provided and the focus is also on indigent women that cannot afford this service. This service is done at no charge to the patient and is available to all state patients who can present a hospital card.

The organisation sustains itself through localised money raising activities and some regular sponsorships that have been associated with Reach for Recovery over a long period. Today (4 October) the Paarl branch hosts their annual breakfast.

Each of the branches does their own fundraising. However some funds are allocated to the organisation as a national contribution. This is mainly used for the prosthesis support programme.

The Paarl branch will have their next meeting on 8 November with Christo Visser as the speaker. For more details on the meeting or about Reach for Recovery in Paarl, contact Annalien Vollgraaff on 083 263 3678.

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