The Cows legends set to stampede to Maritzburg
Durban - A herd of four members of The Cows will be taking part in the
Comrades Marathon up run on Sunday 4th June, including two standout
personalities who have a deep personal connection to the group of sporting
enthusiasts who have raised millions for the CHOC Childhood Cancer charity.
Running in the distinctive furry cow suit for a tenth consecutive Comrades
is Richard Laskey, a founder member of The Cows, and starting his 18th
Part of the original eight who started The Cows in 2008, Laskey says the
suffering he endures in the hot furry suit serves a clear purpose.
"The answer is simple," says Laskey. "Doing Comrades is my twelve hours of
suffering which I know comes to an end, unlike the ongoing pain, suffering
and agony endured by children battling cancer.
"When little kids are diagnosed with cancer, nothing is easy. When going for
chemo, they can't ask doctors for soft needles. They can't say please don't
let my hair fall out," he said.
"They can't say please don't let me be nauseous, or don't let the other kids
laugh at me because I'm bald. This is my chance to be the voice for these
little brave soldiers fighting this disease," said the Gauteng based runner.
Also running in the colours of The Cows is East London-based cancer survivor
Morne Julyan, who is running his second Comrades Marathon.
"Running is my passion and I want to help CHOC as well as other children
dealing with cancer," said Julyan, who has been clear of the disease for a
decade after contracting it in 2006 when he was at high school.
"At school athletics was my passion," he recalls. "It was at inter-house
athletics that I realised something was wrong and decided to get it checked
"The next day I went to school and I was sitting in class when the intercom
called out "Morne Julyan, your parents are here to fetch you". My gut told
me it was bad news. I went to the car and I saw my tog bag in the boot and
then I headed to my new home – The Frere Hospital.
Julyan had been diagnosed with T-cell acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, and
started chemotherapy the same day.
"My hair started falling out and I still remember my mom saying “I’ll cut it
for you Morne”. I responded: "Ek wil dit self sny, mamma”. I remember using
used a razor blade and putting Vaseline on my head after it was shaven to make
it "nice and shiny". People said I looked like Kojak!
"I did not go to school for the whole of 2006 as I was always in hospital
and I was at high risk of picking up infections, but that didn't get me down
because I was blessed with the best twin brother ever Marius, older brother,
mom, dad and great friends.
"Marius helped me throughout the year with homework as he was attending
class for me! I wrote my tests at school outside the principal’s office and
in 2007 I was accepted for Grade 7 and I went to school 80% of the time.
"I did not play any sport from 2006 to 2007 as I got bruised very easily. In
2008 I came back with a bang on the athletics track and continued being
active for my time at high school, and that's where I get the passion for
running today," he added.
The Cows have raised close to R30 million for CHOC in the decade since the
organisation was founded at the 2008 94.7 Cycle Challenge, taking part in
many major sporting events such as the Midmar Mile, Dusi, Comrades, annual
Gabran ride and their 100 Miles of Nowhere campaign.
Richard Laskey's fundraising account:
Morne Julyan's fundraising account:
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Founder member of The Cows
Richard Laskey will be running his tenth consecutive Comrades in the furry
cow suit to remind himself of the suffering endured by children battling
East London based cancer
survivor Morne Julyan will also be running in The Cows colours to raise
money for the Childhood Cancer Foundation CHOC. He has been in remission
for ten years after battling Leukaemia as a schoolboy.
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