Fifteen women recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to raise breast cancer awareness. The Pink Peaks, as they are known, also raised R200 000 for breast education and the money was donated to the Breast Health Foundation and the Eastleigh Breast Care Centre. Four members of the group are breast cancer survivors and they shared their stories with us.
“I am 40 years old, a mother, a sister and a friend. I have been a breast cancer survivor for five years and during my journey, I have lost too many friends and colleagues to this disease. I joined the Breast Health Foundation in 2009 and have been involved in the Mobile Education Unit initiative, travelling to underprivileged areas to educate and empower women, in understanding breast health and breast cancer. By doing this, we also dispel the traditional myths and stigmas around the disease and ensure that the women affected by breast cancer go for the necessary medical treatment. My journey has fueled my passion to want to save more women and change their lives with early detection
Written by Anelle Hamilton