Realities of Cancer: ECCT Team Sheds Tears

17 year old Takudzwa - the youngest of the patients we were supporting, in his home in Harare - sadly passed on, on 15 February 2014.

17 year old Takudzwa – the youngest of the patients we were supporting, in his home in Harare – sadly passed on, on 15 February 2014.

It is with deep sadness that we are writing this post. The youngest of the cancer patients we were supporting, 17 year old Takudzwa who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in 2011 (cancer of the bone which affected his spine, leaving him paralysed and in a wheelchair whilst he was alive) – sadly passed on, on Saturday 15 February 2014 in Harare’s Parirenyatwa Hospital.

He was buried on Monday 17 February 2014. To honour and respect the privacy of his family, we will not be giving detail on his condition in the hospital or releasing any images from the funeral. Our Harare-based Project Manager, Marshall Mutsamwira, attended the funeral today to pay his respects on behalf of the ECCT Team.

Clement, an ECCT volunteer with the lovely Takudzwa during a visit to his home in 2013.

Clement, an ECCT volunteer with the lovely Takudzwa during a visit to his home in 2013.

In the time that we knew Takudzwa, he taught us the value of smiling through pain, through lack of hope. He was soft spoken, loved anything to do with Information Technology (IT) and was always a delight to visit and talk to. Takudzwa, may your soul rest in peace.

Clement, one of our volunteers handing over groceries from Probrands Foods to Takudzwa's grandmother in 20143.

Clement, one of our volunteers handing over groceries from Probrands Foods to Takudzwa’s grandmother in 20143.

As a part of our Sponsor a Cancer Patient Campaign, we were fortunate to be able to assist Takudzwa and his family with nutritional needs through monthly food hampers provided by Probrands Foods Zimbabwe from October 2012 until 2013.

Takudzwa - may your soul rest in peace. We will always remember you.

Takudzwa – may your soul rest in peace. We will always remember you & we will continue the fight to assist marginalised cancer patients in Zimbabwe.

We would also like to appeal to you to help us with donations to assist the family and as is the culture in Zimbabwe, as a way of showing our condolences. To donate to assist Takudzwa’s family with any outstanding funeral costs etc, please click here now to contact us.

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