Monthly Archives: March 2018

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY | STEPHNÉ JACOBS

It wouldn't be a month of Women Making History if we didn't highlight some of our own and another wonderful woman in our #Reach4Recovery fold is, Stephné Jacobs. With change taking place in South Africa on many levels, it became clear that Reach for Recovery needed a new look and feel. Enter Stephné Jacobs, yet another gifted [...]

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY | ANN STEYN

One of Reach for Recovery’s star volunteers, Ann Steyn, has gone from strength to strength since she joined Reach for Recovery in 1992 as a volunteer, two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She served the national organisation as National Coordinator from 2002 to 2006 and is a full board member since 2017. [...]

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY | CHARLOTTE HALEY

Charlotte Haley started the pink ribbon movement in her own dining room. In 1991, she began hand-making the peach breast cancer ribbons and added them to a postcard that read: “The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up legislators and America by wearing [...]

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY | BETTY FORD

Betty Ford went for a routine check-up after just 6 weeks of being First Lady. At this check-up, a malignant lump was identified in her breast and she was scheduled to undergo the standard treatment. She held a press conference where she shared details of her surgery and this led to an increase in breast [...]

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY | ROSE KUSHNER

Rose Kushner was one of the first women to protest against the standard care given to breast cancer patients. Since about 1900, a woman suspected of having breast cancer would undergo a 'one step' operation. A surgeon would perform a biopsy along with a radical mastectomy, and the patient would typically wake up with her [...]

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY | ARDATH DATNOW

Ardath has served with Reach for Recovery for 30 years and has just announced her retirement. These are some of the amazing words by Chairperson, Stephné Jacobs, to thank her for her service and we think they sum her up well. "Ardath has been a volunteer in Kimberley for 3 decades, serving Kimberley Hospital and [...]

WOMEN MAKING HISTORY | TERESE LASSER

We've spoken of this wonderful woman before but how could we not start off this month about Women Making History without another mention of Terese Lasser. She is the reason Reach to Recovery came about and she is the reason we have our very own Reach for Recovery all around South Africa today. Terese Lasser [...]

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS TALK AT RIEBEECK COLLEGE, UITENHAGE

Jacky Sharp and Priti Prag (newly trained volunteer) from Reach for Recovery visited Riebeeck College in Uitenhage to inform learners of the great work that Reach for Recovery does for breast cancer patients and their families.  They were invited by Mr JOnas from Elton House.  732 learners attended the session and enjoyed the information given [...]

NEW VOLUNTEERS FROM UITENHAGE AND PORT ELIZABETH

We welcome five newly trained volunteers to the Reach for Recovery family in Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth.  We would like to thank Leonie Harry for facilitating the training and for her commitment to Reach for Recovery.  We enjoyed the input from our co-presenters, Dr Semenje who is a new surgeon based in Uitenhage and from [...]

Multi – purpose Training in Bloemfontein

“We few, we happy few, we band of 'brothers'”  - Henry V Shakespeare Over the weekend of 23 to 25  February Vice Chair Alison Ayre lead a two way training of 8 new trainees and 15 experienced volunteers who retrained. In addition to this 6 of the more experienced volunteers also took part in the [...]