Empowering kids to kick the pain of cancer to the curb

THE kids are kicking their way to less pain at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

The Kids Kicking Cancer (KKC) programme launched more than 12 months ago at Red Cross. But now, KKC can be found in Tygerberg, Maitland and at Groote Schuur Hospital.

It all began in Detroit, US, with karate black belt Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg’s loss of his child to cancer. Twenty years later, KKC was born, and it has spread into a global movement committed to reducing the pain children feel by using martial arts as a form of therapy.

“We have expanded to six different countries now – US, Canada, Italy, Israel, and South Africa – and we are launching in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.”

Ilze van der Merwe

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