A surprise gift for Reach for Recovery




Icon Oncology helps with a new home

When breast cancer support group, Reach for Recovery needed a new home for their Ditto Project in Cape Town earlier this year, well-known surgeon Dr Justus Apffelstaedt, got in touch with the media to drive awareness of their plight. Having lost their Mowbray premises, The Ditto Project was in urgent need of a new home to continue the life-affirming support they give to women who cannot afford reconstructive surgery or a breast prosthesis following a mastectomy.  

The Jaggers Bowling Club in Mowbray jumped to their aid with an ideal space and a 50% reduction on rental price. However, an added surprise awaited them, when Icon Oncology offered to help them pay the rent.

“We were ecstatic when Icon Oncology contacted us”, says Stephanie van Deventer, national manager of Reach for Recovery. “They offered to assist us with rental payments which was an unexpected gift that we cannot thank them enough for.”

“We know how important the Ditto Project is to so many women by giving back their confidence following the ordeal of a mastectomy. It is great to know that we can help – especially in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We hope they are happy in their new offices and can continue with their incredible work,” says Anthony Pedersen, CEO of Icon Oncology.

More than 6,500 women have been assisted since the launch of the Ditto Project in 2011. The project helps raise funds for external silicone breast prostheses that are then fitted and provided free of charge to state patients who have undergone mastectomies.