Breast Cancer Awareness - Oct
About Reach For Recovery
Reach for Recovery was started in 1953 in the USA when Mrs Terese Lasser, a mastectomy patient realized that not enough was being done for those whose life had changed dramatically after breast cancer. She understood the importance of the role that personal support, by women who had experienced breast cancer, played in helping the newly diagnosed women return to their previous life as quickly as possible after surgery.
Mrs Lasser visited South Africa in 1967 and Reach for Recovery (RFR) was founded shortly afterwards. In 1969 Terese Lasser ceded the programme to the American Cancer Society which renamed it Reach to Recovery (RRI) South Africa retains the original name and is proud to be acknowledged as charter member of RRI. Reach for Recovery South Africa has been instrumental in starting RFR groups in 14 different countries in Africa.
Today RRI is a programme of the UICC ( International Union Against Cancer) based in Geneva, and is administered by Cancer Council Queensland, Australia, The programme can be found in more than 100 countries. It is a comprehensive non-medical programme created to help women with breast cancer. It is based on the premise that former breast cancer patients, now physically and emotionally healthy can relate in a unique and positive way to new patients with breast cancer.
There are no charges. Reach for Recovery is a free and volunteers driven support group. The groups services are available to women with their doctors approval, or to any woman who request them. The programme with its carefully chosen and well trained volunteers is approved by the medical profession world wide. Reach for Recovery receives no state funding. It is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO No 930 011 568) and as a Non Profit Organisation (NPO Registration 043-723-NPO).
The aim of the Reach for Recovery programme is to improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients and their families. It does this in several ways:- It offers practical and emotional support to women with breast cancer and their families, to enable them to make relevant personal decisions, and to find the motivation for recovery with optimal quality of life.
It runs outreach programmes in communities to educate people about breast cancer.
In South Africa whilst offering supportive care and educating communities about breast cancer the need for a national breast health policy was identified. It is a member of Advocates for Breast Cancer Coalition (ABC) Together they are advocating for a breast health policy that is equitable, affordable and accessible.
- The services provided by Reach for Recovery include:-
- Visiting patients on diagnosis/in hospital/at home. This is carried out by volunteers who are trained breast cancer survivors. Emotional and practical support is provided at this time and if necessary at any later stage.
- Patients are supplied with a booklet and pamphlets dealing with various topics relevant to breast cancer. They receive a soft prosthesis (temporary breast form) a cushion for underarm comfort and a bag to contain the pot-au-vac drain.
- Monthly support meetings are held.
- Subsidised silicone prostheses are available for state hospital patients.
- Breast cancer awareness talks are given
- Outreach programmes for disadvantaged communities are in place
- Prosthesis Fitting services are offered by some groups
- With other organizations RFR is working towards equitable, available, affordable and accessible healthcare services for cancer patients.
- There are 25 RFR groups throughout South Africa, and 5 in the pipeline.
- There are 253 trained volunteers
- 3077 new patients were visited
- 3550 women supported at breast clinics
- Sewing groups made 4790 temporary prostheses ( breast forms)
- Sewing groups made 3745 bags, 3786 cushions, 150 turbans.
- 603 subsidised silicone prostheses distributed
- 449 silicone prostheses sold ( medical aid patients)
- 8946 people attended talks given on breast cancer awareness and breast health education
- + 12 radio interviews given
- 1 National TV interview
- Thousands of booklets and leaflets were distributed
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
What else can you do to support and raise awareness?
Prayer For Women With Breast Cancer
Father, for the strength you have given me I thank you. For the health you have blessed me with, I thank you. For the women who are going through breast cancer and their families I ask you to strengthen and to heal as you see fit. Lord we know you want us to be in good health and to prosper. Lord use us to do the work you have for us to do. For we know time is getting short on this earth. Lord be with every woman who is sick and encourage them as only you can. I know how faithful you are. You have shown yourself to be everything you say you are in your Holy Word. I praise you for you made this body and you can heal this body. In Jesus Name I pray.
2014 Breast Cancer Awareness High Tea
The Ladies Group arranged a High Tea on October 22. What a lovely event it was! We had over 10 tables each hosted by one or two ladies, and treated to a delicious, generous, and decadent HIGH TEA feast.
Ann Steyn from Reach for Recovery gave a talk, and Harry Curtis provided us with delightful entertainment. We also want to thank Hip Hip Hooray for donating a massive pink balloon sculpture in the shape of a ribbon.
We raised over R8 470, for Reach for Recovery, from the sale of tickets, raffle tickets and donations. Congratulations to the winners of the Reach for Recovery Raffle: 1st – Sheila Cheminais, 2nd – Chris Donnelly and 3rd Penny Tennis.
Some Ideas For What You Can Do
Get pink hair extensions
How about getting a pink hair extension .. they are quick and easy and all proceeds go to Breast Cancer Awareness.
Village Hair Design
Meadowridge Shopping Centre, opp Ramblin Rose Coffee Shop.
Kerry, Hairdresser. tel 021 712 6769
Only R90, fitted and taken out, apart from the cost price of the extension.