The Machi Filotimo Cancer Project is a non-profit company registered in 2019 with Registration Number: 2019/338757/08 and NPO Number: 233-525.
Our purpose is to create awareness about Cancer, to educate on early detection and to render palliative care to Cancer patients. Together with our Partnered Institutions, we work harmoniously in all areas related to addressing Cancer control objectives in order to take care of patients with Cancer and support families of survivors.
Our goal is not only to raise funds but to also gather support from individuals and commercial enterprises who can contribute according to their means in whatever way possible.
We are proud to be associated with numerous partners including The Cancer Association of South Africa CANSA, Hospice Wits and the Breast Wellness Centre.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO:-
On the 4th February 2018, World Cancer Day, I lost my beloved Mother, Andromachi (Machi) at the age of 68, to Ovarian Cancer. This was the most difficult, challenging and heart breaking experience I have ever had to go through.
She fell ill on the 27th December 2017 and I attempted to admit her to hospital. After undergoing numerous tests she was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer on 18th January 2018. The Cancer had metastasized and as a result of her current state of health, there was no cure or treatment available for her. I was told to take her home, give her palliative care and get her affairs in order. Needless to say, I was beyond shocked when my beautiful Mom passed away in my arms, two weeks later.
I have a deep yearning inside of me to tell as many people as I can, about my journey and my Mothers six weeks to live and to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms that lead to Cancer.
Having experienced six weeks to live, was an incredibly hard journey for me and together with this amazing project, we hope to create awareness and help others during this very difficult time and most importantly, save lives.
Through my journey, I realized how difficult the path that one has to walk is, whether you are the patient or the family of the patient.
FOUNDER & CEO