We are excited to announce that Razia Samson is one of the Ambassadors for the Power of Pink Campaign.

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Razia Samson has been chosen as one of three Brand Ambassadors for Reach for Recovery’s Ditto Project, supported annually by the South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA), Pick n Pay and Thermopac, through their Power of Pink campaign.

SAMFA, the South African Mushroom Farmer’s Association. Every year in October (breast cancer month), SAMFA joins forces with Pick n Pay and Reach for Recovery to raise funds for underprivileged women who have had mastectomies but cannot afford breast reconstruction for themselves.

During October, all the mushroom punnet’s in Pick n Pay go pink. For every punnet sold, Pick n Pay and SAMFA donate money to Reach for Recovery. Our goal this year is to raise R500,000.00.

I was no older than a year when doctors discovered cancer in my grandmother’s breast. Her right one was affected and consequently removed. Not long after her operation she went back to work. She worked at the hospital as a Nurse’s Home Supervisor. She lost my grandfather about five years after her operation. Still, she carried herself with grace and strength.

I always admired her. My gran wore her prostheses with such pride. She never complained, never voiced her insecurities (if she had any), and she always came across as a very strong woman.

About 25 years later, doctors detected cancer in my grandmother’s other breast. She underwent another operation, having her second breast removed at the age of 76. Surely after 25 years there must have been huge advancements technologically. However, the scar from my gran’s 1981 operation looked much neater than the 2006 one. She had severe water retention and had to have the wound drained three times a week until it was clear.

My gran taught me to be kind to everyone. She told me to treat everyone with love and respect. She taught me to be a fighter. She raised six children, 18 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren before she passed away. She did not die from breast cancer but she defeated cancer during her time with us.” – Razia

post_13For more information about Razia Samson visit www.emileandrazia.com