Cancer 0 Thirty 5
After being diagnosed with stage 3 osteosarcoma cancer, Nomsa Tshingowe,30, from Monsterlus in Sekhukhune, Limpopo, says she never pitied herself nor blamed anyone for her misfortune. Instead, she gallantly fought the disease and won. Thereafter, she formed an organisation called Cancer 0 Thirty 5 to advocate for the wellbeing of cancer victims and survivors. Osteosarcoma cancer is a type of bone cancer that begins in the cells that form bones in a person’s body. "When I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma cancer, I made it my responsibility to research about the disease. When I did not understand, I asked my doctors,” says Tshingowe. “I was more focused on the positive outcome. I am not afraid to ask for assistance when the going gets tough. I underwent 18 cycles of chemotherapy and two surgeries.” Through her organisation, Tshingowe provides food hampers, sanitary towels, blankets, clothes and shoes to cancer survivors and their families. She also offers counselling and hosts an annual childhood cancer survivors celebration in her area.