The Cows Media Release

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12 Mar 2019

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Written by: Dave Macleod


Gutsy Cow targets debut Comrades


Durban - Every year thousands of runners make their debut at the Comrades Marathon but this year there will be one woman running in the colours of The Cows making her Comrades debut as part of her courageous journey in her battle against cancer.

Caz Clover has endured a roller coaster two years, having been diagnosed with cervical cancer and undergone extensive treatment before getting the all-clear from her oncologists.

Inspired to help others in the battle against the disease, she will be running her first Comrades with her twin sister Angela Parry, in her particular case she will be channelling her energy into raising money and awareness for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.

"Raising funds for this incredible organisation is what's keeping me committed and driven for Comrades,” says Clover, “Those amazing kiddos are my inspiration.

“I have fought cancer; it is terrifying, exhausting, painful and financially draining,” the 36 year old from Hilton explains.

“I am one of the fortunate few in this country who has access to medical aid and private hospitals. I have a car. I can afford to eat a very healthy diet to improve my health. The majority of cancer patients in our country are not this privileged.

“There are thousands of children, along with their families, in South Africa, who are fighting cancer alone -with no medical aid. Can you imagine trying to get your child to a hospital for chemotherapy, radiation, a stem cell transplant or blood transfusions, and not even having bus fare to get them into a taxi to be taken to hospital?” she explains.

“What about the guardians and parents of these children? Can you imagine the pain and stress these families must endure?”

CHOC offers emotional support, transport, accommodation close to treatment centres, family guidance, meals and love to the families of children fighting cancer.

“Comrades will come with its own ups and downs. At times I’ll want to quit, and I’ll come out on top - I hope!

“I’ll cry, I’ll laugh, and I’ll fight to get to that finish line. Because I can. Because I am alive and because I had the support and love and care of so many people and doctors and hospitals to get me to where I am today,” says Clover.

“I will run comrades, and I will make a difference to the lives of these less fortunate families and their beautiful, strong and courageous children,” she added.

She said that she also want to create awareness about cervical cancer and why it is so important to go for check-ups.

"It is so important to go for those check-ups. Early detection really does save lives. I have regular check ups! And yet I was already stage Two!

"I want to show people that cancer can be beaten. There is hope. And there is life after cancer. Of course not everyone is so fortunate. But being diagnosed is not a death sentence. There is hope and I would really like woman in particular, to see that you can come out the other side strong, fit, healthy and alive!" she said.

Clover is supplementing her Comrades CHOC fundraiser with a Spinathon at the Velocity Sports Lab in Hilton on 11 May, and is inviting eager riders to buy a bike for the 12 hour Spinathon, or to simply make a donation to her fundraising account.

Anyone interested in securing a bike for the Spinathon can contact Holly on holly@velocitysportslab.co.za

Donations can be made at: https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/personal/profile.php?eventid=4315&recordid=20428

More information about The Cows can be found at www.thecows.co.za

About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists keen to make a difference and raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Cordi van Niekerk was one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the 947 Cycle Challenge in memory of their daughter, Jessica, who had recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.

As CHOC had played a significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.

In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to 140 energetic cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.

Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing cow suits. The Cows have just broken through the R30 million mark of funds raised for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer throughout South Africa.

One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love Living Life!

More information can be found at www.thecows.co.za

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In training for her Comrades Marathon debut cancer survivor Caz Clover (left) will run the ultra-marathon in the colours of The Cows  with her sister Angela Parry (right) to raise funds and awareness for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Instapix/
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Caz Clover undergoing her gruelling treatment for cancer. “I am one of the fortunate few in this country who has access to medical aid and private hospitals. I have a car. I can afford to eat a very healthy diet to improve my health. The majority of cancer patients in our country are not this privileged," says Clover. Supplied/
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Cancer survivor Caz Clover wants to run her first Comrades to make a statement. I want to show people that cancer CAN be beaten. There is hope. And there is life after cancer. There is hope and I would really like woman in particular, to see that you can come out the other side strong, fit, healthy and alive! Supplied/
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