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  • Kaylin Barber says:

    My mom is part of a wonderful “family” called Pubniters who do an amateur showcase throughout the year for people in need of fundraising. The money raised during the show has gone to many people and causes over the years including people with disabilities as well as cancer patients and lifeline . The pubniters are a fantastic group of people who are always willing to go the extra mile. The pubbies family as well as some of the “extended family” i.e the kids and close friends of the group member went to Atlasmall, bokburg on Saturday to spray their hair purple in remembrance of those who have lost the battle as well as to support those who are fighting hard to beat this monster. They went on to perform a show that night with all their brightly coloured hair. As part of the “extended” pubniters family, I joined the team at the shavathon and decided to cut 30cm of my hair to donate to the cause. I am firm believer in “every bit helps” and I am glad to have done my bit on the day.

    This really is such an amazing initiative and I hope that lots of monetary and hair donations are making their way to the Cansa foundation.

  • Amanda Hill says:

    Im a recent cancer survivor. Every year I would go get my head sprayed for the other people.
    This year Im getting my hair sprayed to salute finally being in REMISSION! I can finally say it.
    so happy, this year my boys will do it with me again like every year. They love going fun colours.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      FANTASTIC Amanda I am so glad you get to shout it out loud! Enjoy this special time with your boys xxx

  • Daryl says:

    Last year I did the shavathon on a whim. I was going through a very stressful period and walking through Randridge Mall I came across the shavathon and had my medium length bob shaved down to a “Number 5” and spray painted in all the colours of the rainbow. It was so liberating. It was also kind of prophetic as little did I now that four months later I would be diagnosed with breast cancer and undergo a double mastectomy. This year I will be doing the shavathon to mark the road I have travelled in the last year.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Hi Daryl thanks so much for sharing your story. I’m sorry to hear you were diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. If you’d like to chat to other Survivors (patients) who have walked this road please join our FBK support group: for patients and loved ones. It’s not just for those receiving treatment. We have many patients in remission who stay on the group to share and inspire others.

  • Cheryl Samuel says:

    In a positive nutshell, my dad is a stage 4 cancer survivor. He was diagnosed on the 12th of January 2018.
    It has been a long & tough road for him, as well as my family and I as we witnessed him go through his treatment.
    Physically being there for almost all of his chemo and radiation treatments, I have seen so many ladies affected by this killer disease. I wondered if i could help them or anyone fighting their battle in some way.
    So I decided to grow my hair since then. This year on the 12 of January 2019 I have chopped off + / – 35cm’s of my hair.I really hope my contribution will put a smile on a survivors face 🙂

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks for posting your story here Cheryl and for your very generous hair donation. I’m happy to hear that your dad is in remission.

  • Rashmee says:

    I donated 45cm of my long hair on 24 February 2018 at the Gateway Shopping Centre, in honour and memory of my dad and brother, I lost both to cancer. You guys do an amazing job, God bless and continue to keep up…I salute all those survivors who have great strength and courage.

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much Rashmee, I am so sorry for your loss, it is a wonderful way to honour your dad and brother’s memory. Please email me any pictures you took on the day and if you would like to share anything else, at

  • Naas Visser says:

    I lost my Father to brain cancer and my wife lost her Mother to breast cancer. I donated my hair in 2016 and i’ll do it again this year, and my wife in 2017, but her hair not long enough now, she will do it next year. God bless you for your work, keep on doing this!

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks so much for sharing Naas, I’m sad to hear that you and your wife have lost two loved ones to cancer. Thank you for being willing to donate your hair a second time, for a cancer Survivor (patient), so that they can wear a wig. It’s wonderful that your wife is also prepared to sacrifice her hair for others.

  • Mrs Kalai Pillay says:

    I am a cancer Warrior!! – i was diagnosed in March 2017 – Right breast cancer. I recently got my all clear after 34 sessions of radiation..I am on Temoxifen currently for the next 5yrs. I had a fantastic support system here in Alberton. i am a mother of 2 teen boys – the older one finished matric last year.i want to rally up my friends around me to support cancer and shave my hair! for all the other warriors! fighters and survivors out there! #feelyourboobies

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Thanks for sharing your fantastic news with us Kalai, and for being prepared to shave your hair to support all the other cancer warriors, fighters, Survivors! Please consider joining our Champions of Hope Facebook Support group – members are receiving treatment and in remission and treat each other like family – we could use another encouraging voice on our group.

      Join here:

  • Nalini Nulliah says:

    I lost my mum to colon cancer in 2010. In 2013 I had shaved my hair off in honour of her bravery in fighting this dreaded disease. Little be known to me, I would develop breast cancer in 2014. My baby was only 4 months old when I was diagnosed. Having my hair just grow back, it soon fell off due to the chemo. I suppose I got used to the bald look after a while. I also understood the emotional and physical pain of cancer…..

    6 Feb 2018 (my late mums birthday), marked 3 years that I am cancer free. I wish to always donate my hair to this worthy cause. I await for it to grow to about 20cm, before chopping it off for donation. This will be the 2nd time I do so. I encourage all to grow their hair in the hope of donating it at least once in their lifetime.

    I have learnt that hair may just seem cosmetic…..but for people fighting cancer, it is a shield that hides so much pain……

    • Debbie @CANSA says:

      Dear Nalini thank you for sharing your story and how cancer has deeply affected you and your loved ones. We salute you for helping to provide a “shield to hide the pain” that other cancer Survivors face during treatment. Thank you for always being willing to give back again and again. May we use part of your comment in our next Shavathon eNewsletter?

  • Amanda says:

    Hi Guys

    So this was my first time shaving my hair off. I’ve lost family and friends and know of those still fighting this dreaded disease.
    But I know that there is Hope because with Jesus all things are possible.
    Keep the faith guys
    Blessings Always

  • Arthi says:

    Hi guys, I just had my hair sprayed on Saturday in the memory of my loving Grand Ma, who we lost in February 2014 to Breast Cancer. She was a fighter right till the end. Never went for Chemo or anything. Towards the end of her long battle which she never let it get her down, doctors said she had “Third Stage Aggressive Cancer”. But my nani enjoyed her life to bits. Nani (Ma) you are missed dearly by us all. We know you are our guiding Angel. Thank you for never giving up…

    What a beautiful soul, gone too soon..

  • Masie thapelo says:

    My team of 10 students (6 Wits SAMSA committee members and 4 friends) came together to work as a team to raise money to show our support in solidarity with cancer survivors. We had 6 brave donors who shaved their hair, 9 who sprayed their hair, and a number of those who just donated cash, and one student who donated her hair for making wig for those on chemotherapy. We managed to collect R510 (excluding the cash donated into the Cansa money box). The cash is being donated to the Cansa organisation. The team members participated in their very first Cansa Shavathon and we all had fun and great experience, hence we are all prepared to have another event like this and continue making a change in our society.

  • Kerwin Scholtz says:

    My daughter, Kristin Scholtz, was diagnosed with kidney cancer on 14 August 2015. It came as a huge shock to my wife and I and the whole family.She had her left kidney removed on 30 September 2015. The operation was a huge success, thanks to the doctors and nursing staff at the Red Cross children’s hospital in Cape Town. I feel i should also commend Dr Mathews and Dr Vermeulen at Provincial Hospital in Port Elizabeth. Also all the medical staff at St Georges Hospital that had a hand in getting Kristin to where she is today. She will be receiving her last chemotherapy session on 11 April 2016, God willing and she has already been declared cancer free. There are countless people to thank for the prayers, support and treatment of my daughter. I would like to be more active in awareness campaigns and fundraising. Is there anyway i could be notified via e-mail about any events? Regards Kerwin Scholtz

  • Natalie Lakshmanan says:

    hi!I wud like 2 donate my hair for sum1 dat will need it .my mother in law was diagnosed with cancer in January 2016 and within a month she jst got worse.all we could do was watch her suffer in pain and the doc sed der was nothing dey cud do .she could eat or drink anythin.she passed away on the 22 January’s really broke me 2 see her suffer like this is for her and all the other people who have survived n are still fighting.AND dis is also for the baby I luked after and love.Lium this is for you.we luv u baby.can some one plz contact me to let me know how to go about it.thnx !NATALIE

  • minola bothma says:

    This year will be the first time I will participate in the shavathon. Ill be shaving my hair in memory of my father. He was diagnosed last year november with lung cancer,but it was to late. The drs couldn’t do anything for him. Having to hear that all you have left is time shattered me. I was always the apple of his eye. He kept me strong through everything in my life. Seing him fight the battle till the very end was heart breaking. This once strong man suddenly being so weak. It tore me appart knowing I’m losing my father. He won his battle on the 26 january 2015 @9:10am when he got to go home to our God. Hearing him say that he doesn’t want to leave me was the worst. The little time he had left was terrible. Seing him suffer like that, not being able to eat and later not being able to drink anything. Cancer has really been a sad reality in my life. Something that I could never of imagined. my dad was my hero. It’s almost been a month without him and its a struggle everyday, but I keep trying to be strong. I want to shave my hair not just for my father, but for everyone who lost someone to cancer and for those who are fighting this battle. Never give up, for the strength you have will give those close to you more encouragement and a stronger will.
    Psalm 23

  • Schebonn De Wet says:

    Hi there,

    I will be shaving my hair for myself this year. I was diagnosed with Melanoma in September 2014 and was declared Stage 4 in November 2014 with tumors on my liver and ovaries. I have just done my 3rd cycle of chemo and I still have 11 more to go, until November 2015 when I get my transplant. My dedication is for all the fighters and survivors and I hope no one ever gives up and always keeps faith in the Lord. While going through chemo myself, I know it is difficult to stay positive but I believe we can all do this!!! Our scars are symbols of our strength!!!

  • Alan dean says:

    Hi there I am going to shave and spray my hair in aid my uncle who died of cancer and my aunty who is a survivor of breast cancer and I myself are a survivor of testicular cancer and will be coming up to a year in august 2015 that I have been clear of it thanks alan

  • Bev Watt says:

    Hi there

    I’m going to be spraying my hair at the Shavathon as a tribute to two of my first cousins and a second cousin, Dianne, Barbara and Kim respectively. Dianne and Barbara are sisters and Kim is Dianne’s daughter. Dianne and Kim are both double mastectomy cancer survivors. Barbara discovered the lumps in her breast and lymph early, was able to have treatment immediately and recently had a lumpectomy.

    Ladies, I salute you and all other cancer sufferers. My tribute to you specifically is to say that you have had, and still have unbelievable strength, tenacity and determination to beat this curse. You are incredibly courageous.

    With love

  • Anna McHattie says:

    I shaved my hair in 2010 and will be doing it again this year. This is for everyone in my family, friends and just anyone that has lost someone through cancer or someone that is going through therapy at the moment and fighting cancer.

  • Pieter says:

    In February 2014 my dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. He was always such a strong person and did everything for himself. The cancer was spreading to his throat and the doctors could not do anything for him. The only thing we could do was to stay strong for him and my Mother. Sadly on July 03 23:00 he lost his battle and we lost him. One thing I am very thankful for is that we all had the change to say goodbye to him that night and for that I praise the Lord. It is still a very difficult time for us and now my sister was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and had to undergo a double mastectomy(Not sure if that is the right word).My mom also has lumps on her breast and we are awaiting the doctor from Steve Bheko so that she can undergo a biopsy because she does not have a medical aid. All in all it has been a very difficult time these few months but try to keep positive.

  • Annari Burger says:

    Me and my kid from res (at Kovsies) decides to go and spray our hair all the colours to support CANSA. My grandma, who I loved to the ends of this earth and back twice, died of cancer on 31 January 2002, when I was in grade 3. I was so young, but I remember the amazing person she was. So I’m very very excited to do it again this year as this cause is very close to my heart ♥

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