Charmaine’s Story

Charmaine will this year (2024) turn 17, and this marks exactly one year into remission after recovering from Leukaemia (blood cancer). Charmaine, then a grade 5 pupil found herself with the onerous task of shuttling between Victoria Falls and Harare (874.7 km by road) for treatment at Parirenyatwa Hospital, a demanding task as she would catch a late afternoon bus to Harare, travel overnight, arrive early in Harare in time for her chemo cycle. She would be done by sunset, early enough to catch the same bus back home. “It was tough to explain my condition to the bus drivers and fellow travellers who had no idea about my cancer condition which at times due to chemo, came with nausea and weakness,”

Charmaine who had to endure 5 years of chemotherapy under our care has just finished her ‘O’ levels. Despite facing such a harrowing ordeal today, she is happy and fit as a fiddle, testimony to the effectiveness of early detection and treatment

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