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How you’ve helped little Johan and Olga may surprise you!

You don’t know Olga or her four-year-old grandson, Johan* – but your past kindness has made a special difference in both their lives.

It seems so cruel and unfair when a tiny child is diagnosed with cancer, as happened to Johan before he was even a year old.

Because his parents’ circumstances in Johannesburg were such that they were unable to look after him, his grandparents in Bloemfontein stepped in to help.

At the Universitas Hospital, Johan was tested again and it was confirmed that he had Stage 4 bladder cancer. Johan and Olga stayed in the hospital for the first week of his chemotherapy. Then it was back and forth for blood tests and more chemotherapy. The side effects of spiking temperatures and no appetite meant that Johan needed extra special care.

Then came the surgery. His bladder, prostate and appendix were removed, leaving him with a stoma and fitted with a urine bag. In a young child stoma management is especially difficult, especially when the skin gets raw, and frequent urinary infections set in.

Supply of the bags is also a problem. Olga can’t afford the costly private purchase, and the state supply regularly runs out. This is where your donations really helped – allowing us to supply Johan’s bags at a discounted price as well as give her invaluable support and advice from our stomatherapy team.

Olga had this to say: “The service I’m getting from CANSA is absolutely the best I have ever seen. Thanks!” And Olga’s words of gratitude are all thanks to friends like you!

But it still wasn’t over. A tumour was discovered on Johan’s tiny penis, and successfully removed with the foreskin. A month later his tonsils also had to be removed.


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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