Faizel Jacobs – Running For Nurses
LU4C Chairperson Faizel Jacobs plans on running the 2022 Cape Town Marathon as a #CancerSurvivor & an #Ostomate
In May of 2016, Faizel was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and after surgery, he was left with a permanent stoma.
What is a Stoma?
A stoma is an opening on the abdomen that can be connected to either your digestive or urinary system to allow waste (urine or faeces) to be diverted out of your body. It looks like a small, pinkish, circular piece of flesh that is sewn to your body.
Why is he running the Cape Town Marathon?
Faizel aims to document his journey towards the Cape Town Marathon and highlighting the struggles faced by Ostomates across the country. These range from pouching systems shortages, leaks, skin irritations, limited access to qualified stoma nurses to name but a few.
On his journey he hopes to educate and advocate for Ostomates across the country.
Did you know that there are less than 100 qualified stoma nurses in South Africa?
With an estimated 60 000 stoma patients in the country, there are less than 100 qualified stoma nurses to care for ostomates. This has led to patients being incorrectly scripted and cared for often resulting in the ostomate isolating him / herself from society.
Getting Nurses Qualified
Between now and 16th October 2022 (Marathon Day) Faizel hopes to raise R50 000 which will be donated to The South African Society Of Ostomates. These funds will be used to send nurses in the public healthcare sector on the Stomaltherapy Course. This in turn, would make a HUGE difference to the ostomates quality of life that are seen by these now QUALIFIED STOMA THERAPISTS
Faizel Needs Your Help
You can support Faizel on the mammoth challenge by donating towards this project by processing your donation on this online platform or via direct deposit to:
Acc Name: Lace Up For Change
Acc Number: 6266 386 7003
Branch Code: 210528
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ0a1
Your support is greatly appreciated.