UNITY: Xylon van Eyck and Kazeka Mashologu Kuse stand in unity against cancer as they prepare to join thousands of walkers at the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, 27 October 2018.
Port Elizabeth, 19 September 2018: Two high-profile cancer survivors are the ambassadors for the 2018 Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, presented by the Eastern Cape Department of Health.
They are writer, columnist, author, speaker and businesswoman, Kazeka (Cancer Lioness) Kuse and former broadcaster and founder of international sports marketing company Believ Content Agency, Xylon van Eyck.
“They are both an inspiration to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, or who knows someone currently battling with cancer,” says Algoa FM Public Relations and Corporate Social Investment Executive, Mercy Thinyane.
Kuse was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer at the age of 32, and became a breast cancer activist through her public battle against the disease.
She wrote the book #Braveheart with Red Lipstick as a memoir of her successful fight against the disease. The title of the book was brought on by her insisting to go into theatre with red lipstick on her lips when going in for her mastectomy at Uitenhage Provincial Hospital.
Kuse started her first business in property while still at university. She then realised her passion was in writing, events and media, and started her company Daring Media, which focuses on hosting and managing high end and global brands. The company has hosted the likes of late American R&B singer Puff Johnson, former public protector Thuli Madonsela and TB Ambassador Gerry Rantseli Elsdon amongst others. It has been nominated for the Business Women’s Association (BWA) Regional Business Awards Entrepreneur category as well as seen Kuse being selected for the Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber Top 40 under 40 list.
“We would like to call on everyone to walk with us at Algoa FM’s Big Walk for Cancer and walk for their loved ones battling the disease. Early detection can save your life and there are numerous support systems to ensure victory for cancer patients.” Mashologu Kuse adds “Let us build awareness against this dreaded disease so that there can be more survivors!”
Van Eyck was born and grew up in Booysen Park, and started working at Kingfisher FM at the age of 16.
His radio career included stints at Algoa FM, Kaya FM, 5FM and Radio 2000.
A move to Johannesburg gave him a break into television at Urban Brew Studios as a TV presenter on ONE Gospel and SuperSport.
After a 12-year career in broadcasting, Van Eyck took his media experience to his other passion, professional cycling.
As media manager at MTN-Qhubeka, he took the team to the Tour de France – the first African team to compete in the iconic race.
At the age of 26 just after getting married, van Eyck was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Two years of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant saw him in remission from December 2013.
He and his wife Wendy moved back to Port Elizabeth where they founded Believ Content Agency, which helps to market leading sports brands and sportspeople on an international level, and also works with non-profit organisations.
Since completing his treatment van Eyck has taken part in endurance races like the 230km Trans Baviaans mountain bike race and Double Century a number of times.
He is currently training for his first half Ironman.
“Because cancer is a disease that knows no bounds I challenge all of the people in Nelson Mandela Bay to take a stand and join the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer. We can beat this, if we all stand together,” said Xylon van Eyck.
“Both Xylon and Kazeka will take this journey with us in celebrating the biggest mass participation event in the Eastern Cape with us as we walk in remembrance of those who lost their lives, currently battling cancer, as well as those who survived” added Thinyane.
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) in Port Elizabeth will be the beneficiary of the funds raised through the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer, which will be held on Saturday, October 27 at the Boardwalk Lighthouses.
Persons wishing to enter may visit algoafm.co.za.