Dr Kumaran Moodley, a Specialist Pediatrician at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, Honorary Clinical Associate at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, and member of the Child Health Priorities Committee will run the 2020 Comrades Marathon to raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC). The non-profit organisation supports children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life threatening blood disorders, as well as their families.
‘Road running has been a hobby of mine for the past two years. I consider it “meditation in motion”. This marathon is the ultimate ultra-distance race in South Africa and I decided to use my first Comrades to raise funds for CHOC,’ said Moodley.
His first exposure to CHOC was during his paediatric training as a registrar in Haematology at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital where he witnessed firsthand the amazing help and support this organisation provided to children and their families.
In 2018, Moodley’s father was diagnosed with cancer, which meant surgery as well as chemotherapy. This drove home the stress that such a diagnosis causes to the patient as well as their family
Moodley has already raised R46 300 and hopes to increase it to R50 000 by the end of May. Donations towards this cause can be made through Moodley’s comrades page at https://secure.onreg.com/onreg2/personal/profile.php?eventid=4737&recordid=5469
Words: Lihle Sosibo