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Community cupcakes for cancer

Young survivor donates his time to help others like him

The National Cupcakes 4 Kids with Cancer Day came to Westgate for the first time on Saturday 28 September. The day was held for the 8th time nationally but this was Westgate’s first attempt at raising funds and creating awareness for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Meagan Leafe and Salome Leafe. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale

Organiser Courtney Quinn, a Helderkruin resident, was volunteering for the fourth time. Courtney had donated her time to other malls in the past, but this year wanted to expand to Westgate. Also volunteering were Charlene Fischer and her two sons, Alesandro and Aleasim. The Fischer family, from Davidsonville, have a special link to the day that they felt compelled them to participate.

Alesandro was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in September 2018. Hodgkin’s is a form of cancer that attacks the body’s lymphatic system. Alesandro has been receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and was told just two weeks ago that he was in remission. Alesandro is now able to continue his schooling, but thanks to the help of his teachers he did not fall far behind. Roodepoort Primary had made provisions to keep him up to date, despite his treatment.

Courtney Quinn with the Fischer family. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.

For Westgate’s first attempt, they did remarkably well. They helped to collect almost 2 500 cupcakes with just over 2 000 ending up in the hearts and mouths of the public. Courtney was asked what had inspired her to join Cupcakes for Kids. She said, ”I am passionate about helping people with cancer. I know people who have been affected by cancer and I want to do my part to make a difference”.

Charlene Fischer, a mother who is visibly relieved that her son is in remission, wanted to share her sentiments with the community. ”I want to thank the Principal of Roodepoort Primary, the community, Pastor Phillips and everyone who stood by us.”

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