Posted: September 2016
On 11 September 2016 Cancercare hosted a Survivor Summit at the His People Church in Goodwood. The objective of the event was to create a platform where cancer survivors can share ideas and encourage people living with cancer to live creative and meaningful lives. It was an amazing event. CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation was invited by Cancercare to facilitate the childhood cancer elective session. The Master of Ceremonies was Dr Michael Moll and after excellent speakers on different topics like “using creativity as part of the healing process, making sense of survivorship, building resilience to better not bitter” there were four concurrent elective sessions. These various electives covered, Women in Cancer, Men in Cancer, Caregiver’s session and Childhood cancer.
During the childhood cancer elective, Adri Ludick who is CHOC’s National Programme Development Manager served as a Facilitator of the session and the first speaker was Prof Mariana Kruger who spoke about long-term survival in the current SA. Kenneth Dollman spoke about being a parent of a child with cancer, Dr Lynn Edwards spoke about the challenges children with cancer face and then Prof Alan Davidson led the panel discussion of 4 childhood cancer survivors.
The audience all responded positively to the session and the Survivor Summit was also a great opportunity for networking amongst service providers.
Above picture from the left: Prof Alan Davidson with Survivors, Ghalieb Williams, Romina Armelini, Gizelle Pretorius and Jenna Dollman at the Survivor Summit on 11 September 2016.