Pick n Pay hosts Pink Drive through Women’s Walk in Knysna.
I’m pretty much certain that cancer will reach everyone, somehow, at some pinnacle sad moment of a person’s life. It’s a horrible illness that takes your dignity away and I have great resentment towards it.
Cancer has been present in my past and is still ever so raw and tender a wound that will likely never heal; an experience I hardly talk about because it brings me near to tears to think of. And, I am not alone.
The understanding, the sympathy, the compassion that derives from a menace that eats away at healthy, innocent people is probably the most profound thing I’ve yet to understand. In a strange inner boastful way, I hold tight to the sadness of my life experiences, having seen multiple battles with cancer, and feel the burden of other families and individuals who have and are going through what my family has.
This is why I did the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk in Knysna during the Oyster Festival. It was, simply, to feel the unity of others who somehow feel responsible to be aware that such a disease has taken our loved ones. It isn’t only breast cancer, it’s the similarity, unity, and the incredible morbidity of the reality of death, that cancer, all cancers, bring to mind.
Through it all, all the blatant shit and the sadness, it brings people closer together.
The participants walking in the Women’s Walk had names on their shirts, spoke about their woes and hardships about their personal fight. Age, gender, income; it didn’t matter for just an hour, it was an everyone issue because breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting women in this country.
The event was perfectly set along the Knysna promenade that ran through the lagoon and looped around back towards the Waterfront. As pink shirts rounded corners of this charming wilderness village a hue of magenta was all you could see and the feeling of sisterhood, humanhood, brought a sense of satisfaction, to myself, and to those ahead of us, who may come face to face with any horrible affliction. And for them to know, they will have the support of their community.
And that, was just, really nice.
Vanessa Haywood and the winner of the costume competition.