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Kalimba brings light to babies with cancer

Written by on May 3, 2024

Twenty-three-year-old Rossina Kalimba, the founder of Zuzu Holding Hands Cancer Foundation, this week paid a visit to Windhoek Central Hospital to care for children battling cancer.

Kalimba said she has been dedicated to this for the past two years, while her visits also form part of her foundation’s mission.

“On the 1st of May 2024 my team and I visited our little fighters battling cancer at Windhoek Central Hospital. Two years ago I made a promise to them that I would visit them every month and I have been doing that ever since,” she said.

An estimated 400 000 children and adolescents under the age of 20 develop cancer around the globe, according to the World Health Organisation.

WHO says that the most common types of childhood cancer include leukemia, brain cancer, lymphoma and solid tumours, such as neuroblastoma and Wilms tumour.

“In high-income countries, where comprehensive services are generally accessible, more than 80% of children with cancer are cured. In low and middle-income countries (LMICs), less than 30% are cured,” WHO says.

In the meantime, Kalimba said that visiting cancer patients should be a demonstration that life is precious.

“In a world that can often feel overwhelming and chaotic, these visits to the hospital remind me of what truly matters. They remind me that every life is precious, that every smile is a blessing and that every act of kindness can make a difference.”

“They remind me to live in the present moment, to cherish the small things, and to find joy in the simplest of pleasures. These visits may seem like a small gesture, but to these children, they are a reminder that they are loved, they are seen and they are not alone,” she said.

She added that as she continues to visit the children and witness their bravery and determination, she is reminded that the world is full of wonder, beauty and hope.

“These children are living proof of the resilience of the human spirit, and they inspire me to be a better person, a kinder person and a more compassionate person. They remind me that life is precious and fleeting, and that we must cherish every moment.
To these children, I offer my heartfelt gratitude and my unwavering support,” she said.

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