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Willie VenterWillie Venter from Pretoria wrote on 28/01/2016 at 07:19:
My Miracle !

I would love to share with everybody what happened to me and the miracle that God did in my life – it is lengthy, but I would like to share the entire experience!

Late in October I had an unusual experience (for me) – I was suddenly so tired and without energy I couldn’t wait to get home at night so I could shower and lie down. Sometimes at work it felt if I would fall off my chair and had to hold on to my desk to keep upright. But – it is the end of the year, and it was a particularly hectic year, both at work and personally - I could not wait for the year end break so that I could rest and recover a bit.

Early November I visited our GP and he sent me off for a full spectrum of blood tests to determine the reason for my lack of energy. Later that afternoon (– on a Saturday) he called and said that I had to be admitted to hospital for serious blood and organ tests as there was definitely something seriously wrong. I had a hectic week planned and arranged to be admitted the next Thursday. In hospital everything that was tested came out positive and clean, except that my blood count was extremely low. As a last resort they drew some bone marrow – and then the bomb exploded in my face – one of the most aggressive forms of leukemia!

Then I was caught up in a whirlwind of things that happened so quickly that I could not keep up. As an ambulance could not be found (and was extremely expensive), my wife Ria took me in our car to the Little Company of Mary ( now Groenkloof Hospital) where I was admitted and treatment started immediately. Needles to state – I was in no ways prepared for what was to follow !

The initial treatment was that I received only chemo for 8 days, 24/7 – through a ‘port’ that was implanted permanently beneath my collar bone bone. The result of this was that my body had NO resistance against any form of infection and I was in total isolation, with only my wife allowed to to visit – with mask and sanitized hands. Following the initial 8 day intensive chemo treatment, the treatment started to prompt my body to recover and building up the immune system by itself.

There is no way that I am able to describe how tired I was and how bad I felt, and then the spiritual assault started in earnest :
- what if the chemo treatment has no effect ?
- if I die now, am I ready and will I go to Heaven?
- whatever made me so certain that Jesus died for me and that I have been saved by His grace?
- There were a lot more – and my sleeping pill worked until about one or two o’clock in the morning, and then I was awake – there is no way to describe the darkness at that hour!

During these dark hours there were a few thing things that kept me going :
- An old, old song from my small-child days meant so much : ‘ Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so!’. I am so grateful that we learnt that when I was small – it meant so much and it carried me – Moms and Dads, please allow your kids the privilege of getting to know Jesus as their personal Saviour – they will need it in this world wherein they grow up!
- I viewed a DVD of Dr Wayne Dyer wherein he conducted an interview with a lady called Anita Moorjani – she was in a coma and tells about this very bright light that she experienced, and with that an unspeakable peace and total, unconditional love. She had to come back to this world with the message – “Live fearlessly – now that you know what awaits you” – what encouragement for us, we are afraid of so many things !
- A video clip from Louie Giglio where he states that no matter where you are in your life, God will give you power to take the next breath, and the next, and the next, until you walk out of your problem.
- The message that came through the strongest for me, was from Matthew 8 :When Jesus came down from the mountain a man with leprosy went down into the dust and said to Him : ‘Lord I know that You are able to heal me, if You want to’ And Jesus touched him (that was STRICTLY forbidden in those days) and said ‘I want to, be healed’ and the man was clean! What an eye opener for me – Jesus wants to heal us !
- Somebody sent me video clip with the words : ‘Hold on to Jesus and walk through this storm, God is with you, you are never alone’.
- So many things encouraged me and carried me through it all – and this include a prayer group of four young people who prayed with me one night – thank you – you were Heaven-sent that dark and hopeless night !

Lastly – but most importantly, my wife Ria who was always there for me with a smile, a prayer and an encouraging Word. She is the greatest gift I ever received from God and I can never thank Him enough for her and the support she gave to me !

Thank you to al the prayer groups that carried me through prayer, I received calm and peace in the knowledge that Jesus loves me and that I am saved by his Grace.

I am CLEAN and I praise our God for this miracle – now there are four consolidation treatments ahead that carry through to May, but I am holding on to Jesus !

May each and everyone who reads this be richly blessed – and hold onto Jesus – our God is so big and so strong and Almighty – his miracles still happen every day !
Willie VenterWillie Venter from Pretoria wrote on 28/01/2016 at 07:17:
My Wonderwerk !

Ek wil graag met julle almal deel wat met my gebeur het en hoe ons God vir my wonders gedoen het – dit is nogal lank, maar ek wil so graag die hele ervaring met julle deel !

Laat Oktober het ek skielik onstettend moeg en kragteloos gevoel, tot so n mate dat ek verskeie kere by die werk agter my lessenaar gevoel het dat ek van my stoel gaan afval – so moeg en gedaan was ek. Maar – ‘n mens dink mos maar, dis jaareinde, dit was n baie besige jaar op verskeie fronte, persoonlik en by die werk.

Vroeg November is ek uiteindelik dokter toe en hy het my gestuur vir uitgebreide bloedtoetse – nogal op n Saterdag! Later daardie middag het hy my gebel – vreemd, dokters doen mos nie meer daardie sort ding nie, en aangedring dat ek binne n uur opgeneem word vir meer bloed- en orgaan toetse – alles is gereel.

Ek kon net nie, my program vir die volgende week was net eenvoudig so vol dat ek op geen manier net alles kon kanselleer nie. Ons het toe afgespreek dat ek die volgende Vrydag oggend by die hospitaal aanmeld. So gedoen, en nadat die opname proses voltooi is, het die toetse begin – alles –weer volle bloedtellings, al my organe soos lewer, niere, prostaat, ens, ens, Die toetse het teruggekom en alles het aangedui dat daar nerens fout was nie – behalwe my bloedtellings wat ongelooflik laag was – en n beenmurg toets is aangevra.

Daardie toets resultate het gewys data ek leukemia het – baie wetenskaplik, maar een van die mees aggressiewe tipes wat jou verskriklik vinnig aanval en vernietig. Dadelik oorgeplaas na die intensiewe sorg eenheid by die ou Little Company of Mary (nou die Groenkloof Hospitaal) – so vinnig dat daar nie tyd was vir n ambulans nie - Ria het my sommer gevat en ek is dadelik opgeneem en saal toe.

Nodeloos om te se, die behandeling het onmiddellik begin – ek was op geen manier voorbereid op wat sou volg nie!

Die behandeling het behels dat ek aanvanklik vir 24 per dag uur vir 8 dae net chemo gekry het wat binne-aars toegedien is – deur n sg. ‘port’ wat onder my linker sleutelbeen ingeplant is. Die gevolg hiervan was dat my liggaam daarna GEEN weerstand kon bied teen enige kieme, virusse of enige ander goggas nie en ek was in totale isolasie, met net Ria wat toegelaat is om my te besoek – met n masker en hande ontsmet voordat sy kon inkom. Na die aanvanklike 8 dae is die chemo vervang deur medisyne wat my weer moes opbou – vir drie weke lank, sodat my liggaam weer sy eie immuniteit kon opbou.

Bo en behalwe die feit dat dit liggaamlik ontsettend moeilik was – geen manier om in woorde te beskryf hoe verskriklik sleg ek gevoel het nie, het die geestelike aanslae begin in alle felheid :
- Se nou die chemo werk nie ?
- Sou ek tot sterwe kom, wat laat my dink ek gaan hemel toe?
- Wat maak my so seker dat ek gered is, en dat Jesus se kruisdood vir my ook was?
- Glo my – daar was baie meer – en die slaappil wat ek gekry het, het my laat slaap tot so eenuur in die oggend, en dan is dit baie donker !

Gedurende hierdie donker tye het ek n paar dinge onthou wat my ongelooflik versterk en bemoedig het :
- ‘n Ou, ou liedjie uit my klein-kinder dae wat ongelooflik baie beteken het : ‘Yes, Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so !’ En ek was so dankbaar dat ek dit in my kleintyd geleer het – dit het my so versterk en deurgedra! Mammas en Pappas – leer julle kinders van Jesus en Sy opoffering en sterwe en opstanding om ons te red – dit is wat hulle nodig het wanneer hulle groter word en die aanslae teen hulle kom !
- Ek het n ruk gelede n DVD gesien van Dr Wayne Dyer waarin hy n onderhoud gevoer het met n vrou genaamd Anita Moorjani – sy was in n koma en vertel dat sy hierdie helder lig ervaar het, en daarmee saam n ongelooflike vrede en ‘n gevoel van ‘unconditional love’ – maar sy moes terugkom om die boodskap oor te dra : ‘Live fearlessly, because what awaits us is so indescribeable that we need not have any fear to die’. Wat n ongelooflike kragtige boodskap !
- ‘n Video clip van Louie Giglio waarin hy se dat God krag gee gedurende hierdie aanslae, net genoeg vir die volgende asemteug en die volgende tree, hou vas en jy stap daaruit!
- Die boodskap wat my seker die meeste getref het, was die eerste paar verse in Mattheus 8 : Na die bergpredikasie was Jesus op pad na onder om verder te reis en ‘n melaatse het hom voor Jesus neergewerp en geroep : ‘ Here, ek weet U kan my reining, as U wil ! En Jesus het hom aangeraak (iets wat ongehoord was in daardie dae) en gese : ‘Ek wil, wees gereinig !’ En die man is onmiddellik genees! Wow, Jesus WIL ons elkeen genees – dit was vir my ‘n ongelooflike bemoediging!
- ‘n Video clip wat iemand vir mygestuur het waarvan die woorde se : ‘ Hold on to Jesus and walk through this storm, God is with you, you are never alone’
- Daar was nog soveel dinge wat my gehelp het om deur te kom !

Laastens – maar een van die grootste faktore wat my deurgedra het – my vrou Ria wat altyd daar was vir my, met n gebed, ‘n glimlag en ‘n bemoedigende woord! Sy is vir my die grootste gawe wat ek ooit van ons Here ontvang het en ek kan Hom nooit gedoen dankse vir haar en haar ondersteuning nie !

Dankie aan almal en alle gebedsgroepe wat my gedra het, my kalmte het gekom van die wete dat Jesus my ook liefhet en Sy lewe gegee het vir my !

Ek is SKOON, prys ons Here ! Nou le daar nog vier opvolg / konsolidasie behandelings voor wat tot om en by April gaan duur, maar ons vertrou dat ons Here ons ook daardeur sal dra !

Seen vir elkeen van julle – en hou vas aan Jesus – ons God is groot en sterk en Almagtig – en Sy wonderwerke gebeur nog elke dag!
Nadia CoetzeeNadia Coetzee from Pretoria Noord wrote on 20/11/2015 at 12:41:
Hi Julle

Wonderlike werk wat julle doen Laurika het by ons werk kom besoek afle en ek moet se vrou jy is stunning.

Ek wil weet ek het my dogter se hare gesny en is bereid om ook my eie te sny as ek die hare vir Kanker pasiente kan skenk.

Kan julle my laat weet waar kan ek dit ingee? Ek woon in die Noorde van Pretoria.

Hoop om gou van julle te hoor.

Dankie en groete
Kiki HeymanKiki Heyman from Johannesburg wrote on 04/08/2014 at 06:53:
One year ago I was diagnosed with BC: I went through everything,Chemotherapy etc.
Today is the first day I am brave enough to ditch the wig and face the world with my new strange hair. Where previously I had beautiful long blond hair, it is now short, curly, black and grey.
A brave new world
Kiki
Jenny WebsterJenny Webster from Cape Town wrote on 14/05/2014 at 18:49:
Our breast cancer story and the birds

I call the story ‘ours’ because cancer is not something that you can go through alone. It affects the people closest to you and also introduces you to many caring and suffering people that you would otherwise never meet.
On the 7th December 2013, at the end of our church service, the Pastor read out a list of specific people that may want to come for prayer. The invitation was, “for a lady who had discovered something that had shaken her and that she needed courage to face it”. I remember that the previous night, I had said to my husband that I really should get these lumps seen to. I had noticed some thickening in my breast tissue a few months previously, but I was fit and healthy and active, so thought it may just be fibrous tissue. I put off going for a mammogram (because I thought I had had one last year)…. and then we went on a family holiday …..and then our daughter had her tonsils out ….and then our son was graduating and then…..and then…. (Sounds like a typical middle class busy family life.)
This specific invitation for prayer jolted all the excuses aside and so I went up to a couple at the front of the Church for prayer. I told them my situation and they blessed me and asked God to open all the necessary channels for the quickest outcomes and that I would feel His presence with me all the way.
After the service I had a pre-arranged coffee date with a friend I hadn’t seen for a while. She happens to be a radiographer and so I told her my story. She insisted on checking the lumps herself. (Not in the coffee shop!) And she agreed that these needed to be seen to and so it was arranged.
She picked me up at 7am that Monday to go to work with her. We filled out all the forms; had the mammogram ,which came up clear, and the sonar, which showed up some irregularities. By the 11th Dec I had a biopsy and by 17 Dec –after delays because of end-of-year office parties and public holidays, we were quite anxious for the news.
The news
It was our son’s graduation day and we wanted the focus to be on him and celebrating his achievement. I called the doctor early and told her that I did not want the news yet, but I made an appointment for that afternoon to see her anyway. Somehow this made me feel more in control, as opposed to the suspense of waiting.
Better the devil you know….
Our local GP was very calm and asked us if we knew the results. I said I suspected that it was not good and she compassionately confirmed that it was breast cancer. She explained and answered our questions and gave us the details and pre-arranged appointments with the surgeon, oncologist and plastic surgeon. We felt like there was a team of people waiting to help us on this unexpected journey. The news was such a shock, it was difficult to take in and realise that our neatly planned year ahead had been shrunk to the here and now. We broke down when we realized that we had to tell our family and we couldn’t make any promises of the outcome.
Meanwhile back at home…..
We live near a school and unbeknown to us, a handyman had found a little bird that had fallen from a broken nest. He thought that our daughter Rebecca, a student on holiday, would have the time and gentleness to raise the bird. Later a group of dancers went to practice in the school hall and found another chick and had the same idea. So by the time we got home at the end of an emotional day, we had 3 new situations: A graduate son; a mom with breast cancer and two new wet-feathered dependants. What a memorable day.
Overcoming fear
My only experience of trying to rescue little birds, was finding them very still in a shoe box on the morning after. Rebecca was so excited about the birds, and I was so scared that she would get her heart broken, so, I told God , in no uncertain terms , that if they died He should be very , very scared of me …….as how could He let this gentle girl have a mom with breast cancer and 2 dead birds!!!!
As it turned out, these little grey rump swallows became a centre of hope in our family. Becca researched their diet and nesting habits and woke up in the night to feed them and clean their nest. They squealed for her and the only restful place they enjoyed, was being held on her chest whilst she watched TV.. They were given names: Dora explorer and Mr Claws. They learned to respond to her bird twitters and opened their mouths widely when they heard her coming. It was a beautiful thing to witness and I began to hope that they would live instead of fearing that we would be broken hearted. Rebecca reminded me of the scripture from Matthew 6, which says ‘You are worth more than many sparrows. ‘I also looked up the symbolic meaning of swallows and it refers to supernatural provision.
On the cancer side, we saw the surgeon before Christmas and were more at peace that he would be able to surgically remove all the cancer, but it was a shock when he suggested that a double mastectomy would make more sense, considering the type and spread of cancer cells
As we were only seeing the oncologist and plastic surgeon in January, we had the whole Christmas and New Year holiday to deal with our FEAR!! It seemed such a long and cruel waiting period, but in hindsight I got to come to terms with saying goodbye to my ‘little birds’ on my chest and we as a family got to live with a heightened awareness of the present, being grateful for each moment. Our son David came home with big sheets of coloured card and Koki pens so that we could write out encouraging thoughts and sayings. In a time like this one is forced to look beyond human ability and hold on to a firm truth. In our experience, the only steadfast words we knew came directly from scripture. I decided that, more important than being alive, was knowing that I would live to fulfil a purpose. If I wasn’t to live to love others then why bother fighting for life.

Anchor for the thought life
We wrote out placards of verses and stuck them all over the cupboards and doors.
Only call to me and I will deliver you and you will honour me. Psalm 50.15
God is my refuge and my strength, my ever present help in times of trouble therefore we will not fear. …………..though the mountains give way (I thought of my hills) ………Be still and know that I am God.Psalm 46
Because you are my help I will sing in the shadow of Your wings my soul clings to you. Your right hand upholds me . Psalm 63.7
Fear not for I am with you, be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41.10
…… and many more!
What a privileged time we had to deal with the Fears in our minds and to focus on the joy and purpose for living. We chose to focus on hope.

The Christmas gift
My wicked step--mother –in –law() was out on a 3 month visit from the UK. Earlier in the year her mother had passed away at the age of 95. In October she had picked out a memento of nana’s to give to each family member. Rebecca was given a bracelet that had two flying birds on it. We were amazed at the coincidence of this being the ‘bird’ Christmas.


The flight
The week of the 6th – 9th of January was when the relevant medical people would be back at work (this is Cape Town) and my surgical plans and procedures would get under way. It was also the week that the birds were old enough to fly. So on the 5th of January we went down to the school field to attempt the launch of the birds. These swallows were pretty useless at flying when we tested them out and they seemed to crash land and face plant as if they had no innate landing gear. We contacted a bird expert and she told us that we were to throw the birds up as high as possible and when they flew, they would only land when they needed to nest next season. They would also need to feed whilst in flight. We were fascinated and concerned as the birds were so dependent on Becca.
In the middle of the school field, the birds each had a crash landing, but another swallow had flown over us and circled back as if to see what we were doing. As Rebecca was about to launch Dora (round 2) my husband cried out, “look at the swallows”. ‘It was so emotional and overwhelming. A whole flock of birds had come to collect their own. Dora was launched and the birds came around her – she narrowly missed the fence and a nearby tree, but it seemed as if the other birds were coaching her over the obstacles. Claws also had a dramatic first flight, but once again the flock helped and guided him safely into the sky.
As the birds flew off we were crying and laughing and amazed at the miracles of nature. To top it all there was a rainbow in the sky towards the east. It was like a sign of a promise of life and hope and provision.
Mastectomy
My own 36 C ‘little birds’ flew off on the 20th January 2014 . My family and friends cared for me with the same dedication and care as the bird handler. My husband was amazing and rallied and said Yes to all people who offered to help(I would have said,” thank you but I’ll be Okay”). I found a whole community of women who came around us, supported, taxied and brought meals for the family. Being a very independent person, I had to let go and learn to receive the care of others. I even got to make friends out of acquaintances.
I have had a few glitches in the healing and treatment process, but crash landings and trial flights are part of a journey of recovery.
The rainbow
There is no rainbow without rain.
Cancer has been the background for us to experience the promise of God’s presence, and the beauty of community love.
Jenny Webster
Sharon & JacoSharon & Jaco wrote on 13/03/2014 at 18:07:
Hello almal. Hierdie jaar was weereens n groot sukses met vele vreugde. Ek en jaco het heel pad saam gery ongelukkig het ek hom bietjie terug gehou (want ek is mos braaf en oefen mos so min hahaha ) en ons tyd was so by ses ure. Hy het geen komplikasies gehad nie, maar ek het wel n pap wiel gekry by kommetjie se draai.
Maar als het verder goed af geloop.
Dit sal vir ons n groot eer wees om volgende jaar weer deel te wees van julle wonderlike organisasie.
Hou aan met wat julle doen dis amazing. Baie dankie vir die geleentheid.
Baie geluk aan ieder en elkeen wat gery het julle is almal wenners. Hoop dat ons mekaar volgende jaar weer sal sien.
Sharon & Jaco.
Pierre Janse Van RensburgPierre Janse Van Rensburg wrote on 13/03/2014 at 11:30:
What an amazing experience
My time was 4h05:38 sec
I really enjoyed the race. Had a strong finish I nailed Chappies and suikerbossie. Gave it my all. And then before I knew it I was finish.
Thank you for being part of pink chicks Next year I will ride for you again. It was great. The wind blew me away almost at Chappies and at
Suikerbossie But I just had a strong finish. And I nailed it wonderful I made sure I drink enough water at the end fill up my bottles and then
I nailed it

Thank you for being part of this great team can't wait for next year 2015 then I must at least do 3h30:00

Pierre Janse van Rensburg
Frans KamfferFrans Kamffer wrote on 13/03/2014 at 11:29:
Hi Laurika en span,

Dankie vir die geleentheid om deel te wees van so 'n wonderlike organisasie. Julle doen "awesome" werk.
My tyd 5H08 vir die eerste Argus is heel aanvaarbaar. Ek het die res van die manne "mis gery", maar daar was baie ander beginners wat my gehelp het "Chappies & Suikerbossie op. Dit was 'n ongelooflike ervaring en sal graag deel wil wees van 2015 se span.

The "CAN" in cancer means to me "You CAN excel with people that support"

Groete
Frans
RozanneRozanne wrote on 13/03/2014 at 11:29:
Dear Pink Chicks

Thanks!! to be riding as part as your team....was really a great privilege. Did meet some guys on the road and was a good fun too. Did well on my Mountain bike and finished at 4hr27min.

All glory to our God who protect all of us on the road.

Blessings

Rozanne
Michael VlismasMichael Vlismas wrote on 13/03/2014 at 11:28:
Hi Laurika,

It was an honour to ride for the Pink Chicks and support such a worthy cause, and to be part of such a great team of riders.
The organisation and support was outstanding.
I felt a bit pink going up Chappies, and I had a few chicks pass me up Suikerbossie.
But overall it was a great experience and I'll definitely be looking pretty in pink at Argus 2015.
Keep up the great work.

Best wishes,
Michael Vlismas
Gerhard van RensburgGerhard van Rensburg wrote on 13/03/2014 at 11:28:
Hi All

Was great meeting all of you and I’m definitely riding for Pink Chicks next year again, only this time I’ll train beforehand. Apart from the wind (which actually helped going up Chappies and Suikerbossie) and a puncture going up Chappies my ride was actually quite boring. Time was 04h15. Sorry, no pics. Looking forward to next year!

Kind regards

Gerhard van Rensburg
John GousJohn Gous wrote on 13/03/2014 at 11:27:
Hi Guys,
First time I've been a Pink Chick and have started enjoying wearing pink now.Is this a good sign?
My first Argus as well .Really enjoyed the experience.They say there was some wind. Didn”t notice, too nervous .I paced slowly the first half and flew the second half. Didn't notice Chappies or Suikerbossie. Going too fast.Seeing that I’m turning 62 this year I’m quite happy with my time of 4 hr 40 ish . Target 4 hrs next year.Was great meeting you all and maybe get the nod next year.Hope we all managed to raise a fair amount to a good cause.
Best Regards,
John
Kiki HeymanKiki Heyman from Johannesburg wrote on 31/12/2013 at 05:07:
I was recently diagnosed with Triple Neg Breast Cancer. I am now in the middle of chemotherapy. I have not been able to find any support groups in the Midrand / Lonehill area. I would appreciate if anyone knows of any groups. It is not fun having to journey through this alone.
Marlene SaundersMarlene Saunders wrote on 25/11/2013 at 21:11:
Yesterday the 24th November 2013 I could tick off from my Bucket list, one of the most awesome experiences I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember and it is all thanks to an organization named “PINK CHICKS” a cancer support foundation run by Laurika- this to me... is a ride on the bike of all bikes Harley Davidson and was this the ride of my life meeting people that live their dream How did this happen well one afternoon as I arrived for my chemo treatment at LCM I was told I had just missed a group of Harley Bikers that paid a visit to the Cancer Unit at LCM  .I then told Benita that that was one of my “must does” on my bucket list and I left it at that. A week or so later at another chemo session Benita introduced me to Laurika the beautiful Pink Chick that made everything happen. She contacted Sam who is with the “Steel Wings” Harley Davidson Club Midrand and I was able to go on a Breakfast run with them this Sunday passed. There are no words to describe this wonderful exhilarating experience and not to mention meeting the wonderful group of Bikers living their dream and not for one minute did I feel out of place... it was as if meeting long lost friends If I can I would like to mention Fanie on who’s beautiful bike I had the privilege to “Hitch a ride” Thank you so much for making it so special Then Last but not least Laurika... Girl jy kan maar... dit was awesome verby. May your organisation grow from strength to strength. I have a lovely saying for you “The Happiest people don’t have the best of everything They just make the best of Everything” and this is you... you take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.

Yours truly

Marlene Saunders
Barbara LancasterBarbara Lancaster wrote on 26/09/2013 at 08:20:
My deepest loving thanks to Laurika and all at Pink Chicks for your caring and support and generous contribution to my treatment costs. It is so very helpful to not feel alone in this battle and to be comforted and also supported practically. I can't wait to be well and to start giving back to other survivors! Eternal gratitude and love from my children and myself, Barbara
Susan EnslinSusan Enslin from Brenthurst,Brakpan wrote on 17/03/2013 at 20:02:
Beste Laurika,(L/S Morewag Damestee)

Waar begin n mens,my hart het ineengekrimp toe ek jou hoor praat oor jou borskanker. Dit het my trane in my oe laat kry,als wat ek so diep weg gebere het weer so helder by my is. My Liewe man het op die 5dee September 09 dood verongeluk. Middel November 09 het ek uitgevind ek het borskanker, pas 32 geword hoe is dit moontlik?Ek kon nie glo wat met my gebeur nie, my arme kinders Marco 11 en Ruan 5 . Vandag drie jaar later is ek nog skoon en so dankbaar die Liewe Heer se genade is so groot. Ek wou nog altyd iets doen om my dankbaarheid uit te leef en vir ander daar te wees soos my wonderlike famielie en vriende ook daar was vir my en my kinders en nog steeds is.Laurika ek glo jy is die andwoord op my gedagte wat ek nog skaars oor gebid het en nog net oor gewonder het hoe ek n verkil in ander se lewe kan maak. Soos jy gese het jou tyd en liefde en omgee is al wat nodig is om n verskil te maak.......Susan .
MarcelleMarcelle from Wilgers wrote on 03/03/2013 at 08:23:
Nou die eerste keer deur jul website gegaan, en dit wat julle doen is WONDERLIK! Ek is gister ontslaan na 3 weke in die hospitaal, en jou kuier in die aande Laurika, het die dae korter gemaak. Jy is 'n engel gestuur om die somber tye net ligter te maak. Nie net vir ons as pasiente nie, maar vir ons gesinne ook. Dis nie 'n maklike pad nie, maar die manier waarop jy dinge hanteer en julle Pink Chicks ons ondersteun, is ongelooflik. Woorde is nie genoeg om te beskryf hoe ons die waardeer nie! Mag die Here julle klompie Seen met alles wat mooi is. Daai silver randjie om die donker wolk, is julle Pink Chicks in ons bewolkte dae.
Liefde
Marcelle
Terence Mc LeanTerence Mc Lean wrote on 11/10/2012 at 05:44:
Ek wil net sè baie dankie vir julle ondersteuning in die hospitaal, ek weet sommer dit het BAIE vir moeder beteken! Met die (pink) kobersie op haar kop.
Ons almal wardeer dit vreeslik baie. Ook vir die pink arm bandjies wat ons almal dra.
Liefe Groete Terence en. gesin + Landi
Captain Mashilane PatienceCaptain Mashilane Patience from SAPS wrote on 04/10/2012 at 07:26:
Dear Laurika

Thank very much for your contribution to our organisation’s Breast Cancer awareness. This really meant a lot for SAPS as an organisation. Hope our working relationship will remain and sustain.
May I kindly request you to email us the photos captured at the event as we will like them in our feedback report.

Grateful
Lindiwe
Riva van ZylRiva van Zyl wrote on 27/09/2012 at 08:46:
Dear Pink Chick and Laurika in particular ..... I am in the process of thanking each and everyone in person for their love, endless support whilst I was going through hel ....... I have now been clear for 1 year, and loving each moment, thankful for each day and soooo looking forward to every tomorrow. 2 Years ago I was was diagnosed and ready to give up ... Never give up !! This I now know ...
Dot BritsDot Brits wrote on 27/09/2012 at 08:22:
Môre Laurika

Baie dankie vir die positiewe, spontane manier waarop ons jou kon ontmoet gisteraand by Mary Potter. Die foto’s op jul Webtuiste is pragtig! Moeder met die kombers op die kop lyk te fraai!
Moederlief, Bettie Mc Lean, is baie siek maar jy en jou span kon haar weer laat lag. Die kombersie en keps sal in ons huis ‘n spesiale plekkie kry, en julle sal ook in ons gebede bly.
Kanker is ‘n slegte siekte maar met ‘n Lewende God en met goeie Hoop sal daar weer lig wees aan die einde van die donker tonnel. PinkChicks gee daai hoop!!

Ek is opsoek na ‘n bandjie om te dra, wat kos die bandjie en waar kan ek een kry asb?

Geseende groete en liefde

Dot Brits
Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 28/06/2012 at 19:29:
TO : Pink Chick Kilimanjaro Team!

Countdown by the hour beautiful girls ! Tomorrow morning THE CLIMB kicks off yeah!!!
Going to talk you up, not down, that mountain over the next seven days, taking you right to the top, in Him through Him unto Him! Right, beautiful pink chicks, here we go, hearts minds are lined up with the bodies so PINK CHICKS ROCK ON THE ROCK THEY RE CLIMBERS NOT CAMPERS NOR QUITTERS !

GOD'S GO GIRLS GO ALL THE WAY OK! We never give in nor up, for He has won !Victory is assured ,you re more than conquerors in Him , gals! I know you start right at the foot of of the mountain laying the steps at His Feet (does He not tell us The Mountains are His Footstool....) taking hands as team, join hearts, in His Hand His Heart ! Gve Him every single step for the CAUSE girls !

When you say amen, look the MOUNTAIN TOP IN THE EYE ONCE, then go to the start and dont look to top again till you reach it! Put your full focus on every single small step towards the top, we do it smart, GOAL IS SET, = REACHING THE TOP FULLSTOP WHATEVER IT TAKES! Then break big goal into those many small single steps, achieve each step one by one successful and assuredly you ll reach the top and goal!

Talk yourself up not down as you climb too gals, talk to self, to God, focus focus focus....hey i wanna hear those words over your lips when the climb is easy and tough, LIFE IS GOOD! When it gets tough challenge, i also i wanna hear you say over your lips : IT TOO SHALL PASS , KEEP ON KEEPING ON!, i can...this is growing me this is changing me this is developing me... change is good!

OK , come on girls we can do it! IT S FOR GOOD CAUSE, FREEDOM FIGHTERS FOR CANCER WE ARE, VICTORY GIRLS OF GOD! GO GO GO GIVE IT ALL!

I am sooooooooooooooooooo proud of you all PINK CHICKS ROCK ON OUR ROCK!

Happy Climbing Pink Chicks!
Salute you all in Him GO GO GO GIRLS!!!

SA GIG-VROU
Tania Bisset
'The Inspirational GiG- chick for Pink Chicks"
Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 26/06/2012 at 04:43:
PINK CHICKS UPDATE!

Ah! Pink might be a cool colour, yeah right! However, take note: Cool Pink Chicks never hibernate in winter, no way baby! Pink Chicks, we melt any sign of winter , soft & cool with a warmth only us chicks in pink can signal forth!
Mmmmmh curious about whats-up in the PINK CHICK PIPELINE…. Let me still your curiousity! Now check this out…
1. KILIMANJARO TEAM ARE ON THEIR WAY TO GO CLIMB CLIMB CLIMB!
Wednesday, yeah right…this coming Wednesday is departure date for the PINK CHICK TEAM who ll be climbing out KILIMANJARO! Hey girls you rock on The Rock you Pink-Rock-Chicks!!! So proud you wow!!! Mmmmmmmh you can believe it, a PINK COOL WELCOME HOME PARTY will be awaiting you right back here in Sonshine SA 28 July in Boksburg! (close to the airport – see we consider your convenience at all times…just a short enough trip not to drain you before we spoil you yeah!!! PARTY TIME BABY!!!)
One thing about us pink chicks ! We know HOW to climb mountains baby! WE RE BORN CLIMBERS….NONE OF US CAMPERS AND QUITTERS NO WAY, WE RE CLIMBERS – ONE WAY CLIMBERS! Go gals go go go!!! Let s do it!
2. WALK THE TALK time clock ticking….
Whoop Whoop 22 July is THE DAY for us PINK CHICKS when we not only talk the talk but walk the walk baby! We cant wait for this walk – SA SUPPORT WOW WOW WOW alongside with us – we salute you all and say BIG PINK COOL THANK YOU wow!
BUT BUT BUT…. PINK CHICKS ? As you know girls just wanna have fun & these chicks are kick ass chicks be assured so mmmmmh we know HOW TO CREATE FUN baby! Thus no surprise:

3. PARTY TIME FOR THE PINK CHICKS . . . 21 July !
21 July we are having a “ ANY DAY WITH HAIR IS A GOOD DAY” . . .
• Race Packs will be handed out this day – this event
• INFO to follow….. watch this space !
From myself , a little piece of heaven wrapped in red…going PINK with the PINK CHICKS… keep warm, till I pop in for the next update on “us pink chicks” …. GO PINK CHICKS!!!
Louis du PlessisLouis du Plessis from Du Plessis Family wrote on 30/03/2012 at 11:27:
JP du Plessis (4) was diagnosed with ALL on the 23rd of May 2011. We had the privelage of receiving a free 1 week holiday at Port Edward by Laurika and Pink Chicks, All expenses paid! We had so much fun and it did Juan-Pierre the world of good. We thank you very much for the oppurtunity and we will forever be greatfull for what Pink Chicks has done for our little boy. We will now share some stories of our holiday with everyone!
Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 08/03/2012 at 21:27:
15 February is International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day. Not only is it a day to remember the children that has lost the fight, but also the ones currently fighting the good fight. It is a day to remind us that children can also get cancer and love them before they are taken away.
Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 24/12/2011 at 04:15:
As the festive season of 2011 closes in on us and the year is drawing to a close I once again realize that this time is probably the hardest for the people that have lost loved ones and have an empty space in their heart during this period.
Even though there might be an empty space in your life you will always carry the memories of them in your heart and these memories must serve to bring a smile on your face and enable you to enjoy life to the fullest. For the people still struggling with the big fight or for the courageous survivors I have the following:
“The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strongest. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.
“Anonymous”

You have the power within you and with the love of God to get through this struggle as well. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved with Pink Chicks, from donors and sponsors to family and friends for the support provided to this Foundation. Without your support Pink Chicks cannot continue nor achieve our vision of giving hope and saving lives of those living with cancer.
If you are going away for this holiday, travel safely and even if you are staying at home enjoy this precious time with your loved ones. Use this time to build new and loving memories.

On behalf of Pink Chicks I would like to wish you a very safe and Happy Festive Season. See you in the New Year!
Laurika Fourie
Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 18/11/2011 at 08:01:
I want to wish the Pink Chicks Cycling team good luck for the 94.7 on Sunday.

Thanks to Sonia who picked up the race numbers (and believe me, it was a big mess), and Jaco and Chimone who delivered all the goody bags/race numbers to the team members. If you want to join me on Sunday to support the cyclist, send me an email, and we can make the necessary arrangements

MapIT and Altech Netstar providing an online route map for the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge to track the Pink Chicks team live. The tracking can be viewed on the websites but will only go live on Sunday 20th of November 2011

The website link is: http://947.mapservice.co.za/
This is for supporters who are at home and have internet connection.(Best viewed on PC, Laptop or tablet)
The mobile website link: www.mapit.mobi/947/
This is for supporters who are there on the day. You can enter Pink Chicks to track the team and information like distance, speed, etc. and you can follow the team’s progress – best for cell phones
Meet the team

Roy Madden (Team Leader)
Alan Taylor
Alison Frances Holtshousen
Andrew Purves
Bernard Saayman
Chris van Zyl
Christopher Anthony Davidson
Colin Dallas
Debbie Rossouw
Elaine de Witt
Elaine Paxman
Gary Leslie Madden
Kevin Andrew Purves
Marius Ilenfeldt
Riaan Bezuidenhout
Stuart Kruger
Sidney Cawood Robson
Sonia Pretorius
Thania Pienaar
ElsabeElsabe wrote on 04/11/2011 at 08:27:
Laurieks, ek weet nie eers waar om te begin nie. Nou 8 maande wat ek jou ken, en jy het 'n groot verskil in my en my familie se lewe gemaak. My laaste chemo is agter die rug, en die pad wat voorle kan net beter wees. Sonder jou en ons Verlosser sou ek dit nie gemaak het nie. Elke keer as ek moedeloos was, het jy my opgetel met jou alewige segoed, en natuurlik jou positiwiteit. Dankie ook aan Pink Chicks wat ons finansieel ondersteun het. Dit het die las soveel ligter gemaak om te dra. Jy was nie net 'n steunpilaar vir my nie, maar die hele familie! Ek het nou wel die paaidjie geloop, en is trots om te se ek is 'n survivor. Maar buiten dit als, het ek 'n wonderlik, dierbare vriendin ryker geword. Ons is baie lief vir jou!
AndrewAndrew from Tshukudu wrote on 18/09/2011 at 10:03:
Hi Laurika [ Bokkie }

Thank you, and your wonderfull family for the incredible support that you have offered Lesly and I during the past 6 weeks.
We would neve have coped without you, and know that you are always there for us.

I also wnat you to know that WHENEVER you need a weekend away for any of your patients you can push my button.

Love Andrew Lesly Tammy & Melissa
theathea wrote on 25/07/2011 at 07:25:
dankie vir gister jy is ons pienk engeltjie :))
Renette AingworthRenette Aingworth from Johannesburg wrote on 01/04/2011 at 17:47:
I am scheduled for a mastectomy on Monday! I am freaked out that i will only have one breast!!!!
Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 11/03/2011 at 09:54:
I would like to say good luck to Bernard and his team for the Argus on Sunday? We will be watching you guys on TV at D’cadence. Thanks for supporting us, we really appreciate it.

Cyclist
Bernard Saayman
Chris van Zyl
Gerhard Vorster
Gerhard van der Merwe
Johan de Bruyn
Frans Wilders
Riaan Bezuidenhout

Unfortunately Bernard’s sister-in- law was in a car accident yesterday, and the prognoses are not very good. Bernard and Marie-Louise you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!
Christelle GroblerChristelle Grobler wrote on 10/03/2011 at 05:34:
Laurika baie baie dankie dat jy daar is vir ons moeder asook ons kinders. Sy dink jy is 'n engel. Jy het elke keer uit jou pad gegaan om te help, al was dit 2uur in die oggend. Jy is 'n inspirasie vir so baie mense. Moet nooit ophou nie. Mag God jou nog baie lank spaar en die krag gee om te volhou waarmee jy besig is. Dit is min dat jy iemand kry wat voltyds werk, en jou vrye tyd spandeer om ander te help! Ons bid vir jou, want ons weet dit kan nie altyd maklik wees nie, alhoewel jy altyd, maar altyd n glimlaggie op jou gesig het! Baie baie dankie
Riva van ZylRiva van Zyl wrote on 08/03/2011 at 18:43:
A very big thank you to Laurika and her Pink Chicks for allowing me to go for a 2nd opinion with Dr Jekel at Unitas Hospital. A more compasionate man will be hard to find. Although the original diagnosis stand, I was explained HOW cancer comes to be. Medical jargon was made simple and for the 1st time, I understood ...my "illness". I left feeling very sorry for myself, but much wiser (which in my case is a good thing) - Yehs !!I hear everone who is a control freak say. But before I go .... Please extend a warm and heartfelt thanks to Dr Jekel .... he is the best !! And so are you !!
Regards
Riva
Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 24/02/2011 at 08:46:
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Pink ChicksPink Chicks wrote on 15/02/2011 at 10:01:
Day of love, the celebration of Saint Valentine. For most people this day is about spending time with their number one person in their lives, spoiling and being spoiled. For others, like the patients at the Mary Potter Oncology Centre, Valentines Day 2011 was about yet another step on the road to recovery.

There was a few new faces, but also a few that we have seen before. Our hearts went out to the little ones and their parents especially, ranging in age from 13 months to 5 years. Also some of the older patients, who is currently pulling heavy at their burden.

We did the little we can do to liven up the place slightly, gave them some ‘lekke’ treats, sponsored by Spur Atterbury, small little gifts, talked with some of them, to explain the process better and prayed with some of them. Reminded them that when you think there is nothing you can do, you can always pray. This should be your first line of defence, as well as your last.

All and all, it was a blessing for me and Laurika both, spending our morning with these, very special, very brave people, and we just wish there was more we can do.

May the Lord be with you and guide you. May He keep you safe from harm and bless you all with long, healthy lives.

Theresa xx
thea temelevrenthea temelevren wrote on 09/11/2010 at 06:40:
dankie vir al jou raad my pienk maatjie, soms as ek net huil dan kyk ek na jou, en ek glimlag weer, want jy doen so baie vir almal, mag die Here jou seen 🙂
Melinda NelMelinda Nel wrote on 08/11/2010 at 19:16:
Hi Laurika

Ek wil net baie dankie se dat jy so gaaf was om jou Sondagoggend op te offer om met my ouma te gesels oor wat vir haar voorle. Dit is so lekker en gerusstellend om te weet dat daar 'pink angels' daar buite is, om die pad wat voorle net bietjie minder bedroefd en hartseer te laat lyk. Ek dink noudat my ouma en oupa bietjie beter verstaan wat aangaan en wat voorle, gaan hulle die chemo sommer met 'n baie meer geruste hart deurmaak.

Die Here het jou op hierdie wereld geplaas met 'n rede. Baie dankie vir al jou harde werk, liefde en hulp. Ek is jou ewig dankbaar 🙂

Mel
DanaDana wrote on 06/11/2010 at 09:24:
Without the constant calls, emails and caring from Pink Chicks, I would never have coped the way did through my ordeal with breast cancer.It is "safe" knowing that people like Laurika and her team are there whenever you feel like falling!
Bless you all
xxxxx
Antoinette van der VyverAntoinette van der Vyver wrote on 06/11/2010 at 09:23:
Hi Laurika, baie dankie vir die wonderlike dinge wat julle doen vir die spesiale mense in ons lewe. Julle het Dehan se dag so opgebeur met sy besoek aan die onkoloog. Ons as ouers van kinders wat met kanker gediagnoseer is wardeer dit dat julle die besoeke so lekker maak. Dit was 'n swaar tyd vir ons maar met God se liefde en genade het ons seuntjielief sy kanker oorwin en leef vandag soos 'n normale 4 jarige. Ons dank die Heer elke dag vir sy herstel. Ek kannie vir enige iemand verduidelik hoe ons gevoel het toe die onkoloog op 1 Mei 2009 vir ons gesê het dat ons onsself moet voorberei omdat Dehan dit nie sal oorleef nie. (hy is op 25 April 2009 gediagnoseer met 'n Neuroblastoom graad 4, dit het reeds na sy beenmurg ook versprei)Dit laat jou as ouer sprakeloos van skok. Ons het besluit dat hierdie siekte nie sal oorwin nie, maar dat God ons sal dra deur die moeilikste tyd van ons lewens. September 2009 was Dehan se beenmurg skoon, sy sagte weefsel en het die gewas net verdwyn so vinnig as wat dit gekom het. Dehan was Januarie, Maart, Junie en September 2010 weer vir sy ondersoeke en is steeds skoon. Ons sien weer Januarie 2011 die onkoloog en dan word sy porto pad verwyder. 11 April 2011 sal Dehan 5 jaar oud word, hy weet dat hy siek was en hy weet God het hom gesond gemaak. Wat 'n reis was dit nie vir ons nie. As ek nou terug kyk dink ek aan daardie bekende "Voetspore in die sand" waar daar net een ry spore was is nie waar God ons gelos het om die pad alleen te loop nie, maar dit is waar God ons gedra het. Aan almal wat deur hiedie moeilike tyd gaan, wees sterk al is die nie elke dag maklik nie. Glo in God dat hy jou dra wanneer dit nie moontlik is vir jou om te loop nie en weet dat God jou lief het. Baie sterkte en mag God se wondelike liefde en genade by elkeen wees. Liefde die van der Vyvers
LaurikaLaurika from Pink Chicks founder wrote on 01/11/2010 at 10:29:
Baie dankie aan Marlene Bester (interact Club – George Randall Hoerskool) wat gehelp reel het vir ‘n fondsinsameling in Oos Londen, waar ‘n donasie aan Pink Chicks Cancer Support Foundation gemaak is. Dankie aan almal wat betrokke was, en dankie Alicia vir die verwysing
Christine du PreezChristine du Preez from A Fiend wrote on 11/10/2010 at 08:11:
Well done. Julle site is stunning!!
keep up the greate work.
MonicaMonica from BreastBuddies wrote on 07/10/2010 at 21:37:
Congratulations on the new website!