Meet 32 year old mum of one, Nyarie Matebwe who lives in Sydney, Australia. On Sunday 13 October 2013, Nyarie will join ECCT Founder Teurai Chanakira in the 10km run as part of the Melbourne Marathon Festival. The two women are running to fundraise and support the five marginalized cancer patients the ECCT is currently supporting.
When asked why she was inspired to run as part of the ECCT Team, Nyarie said, “I’m inspired for 2 reasons. Firstly I wanted to support my friend, Teurai because I believe the ECCT is doing amazing things for cancer sufferers in Zimbabwe. I want to be part of that, and secondly, I really wanted to challenge myself to a new level of fitness and stamina”.
Nyarie continues, “one of the things that I am keen to assist ECCT with by fundraising for the patients, is with a donation towards the cancer patients’ children’s school fees. This is because I feel that one will always continue to reap the benefits of an educated child for the whole family and future generations. An educated person, in Africa in particular, is a huge asset to poverty-stricken families, and may be their only ticket out of poverty.”
We asked Nyarie what she thought the biggest problem facing marginalized cancer patients in Zimbabwe is and she replied, “I think there is a lack of good palliative care. Due to the poor availability of affordable medicines and subsidized healthcare etc, I really feel for those patients who might be suffering from the intractable pain caused by some cancers, and don’t have access to the pain relief they need. I also worry about those patients who might be immobile, and or incontinent, who might need a wheelchair, or incontinence pads, a commode etc…things which might help maintain your dignity.”
Nyarie has a very personal connection with cancer. She says, “my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, and sadly had a recurrence in 2008 by which time it had spread to the brain, after being clear of the disease for seven years. It was very tough, because she didn’t know she had the cancer, however they found out after a brain scan. She had surgery to remove the cancer, but she sadly had complications after the surgery, and died six months later. We had to travel with her from the UK to Zimbabwe, which was very difficult for the whole family, but we made it, and she died at home about a month later.”
Nyarie, we are so sorry for you and your family’s loss and we commend and thank you for being part of the Melbourne Marathon Festival 2013 and making a difference to the lives of the families the ECCT is supporting. To support Nyarie, please view her Mycause page here.
*Wherever you are in Australia, you can join the ECCT Team to be part of any of the races in the Melbourne Marathon Festival 2013 and make a difference to the lives of 5 marginalized cancer patients in Zimbabwe. Click here for more information and to register now.