Parkwood soccer team rally to help player fighting stage four colon cancer
Cape Town - The players of local soccer club Southampton Football Club in Parkwood have earnestly rallied together to raise funds for one of their own, who is battling stage four colon cancer.
Kyle Davids, 25, from Parkwood, has had his life disrupted after being diagnosed with cancer in April. His health has severely deteriorated since his diagnosis and removal of his colon in May, prompting friends and fellow teammates to initiate a fund-raising soccer tournament in aid of him and his family.
Close friend and teammate, Zaheer Abrahams, and David Beukes, said as a professional soccer player for Ubuntu Cape Town Football Club and Glendene United Football Club, they were aware of how much Davids’ financial contribution meant in keeping his family afloat. Abrahams said Davids’ mother was forced to quit her job to take care of her son. In Davids’ household, where he stays with his mother and three siblings, no one is currently working.
“Kyle experienced back pains in December and because he is a goalkeeper, such injuries are common in football and he didn’t really think it’s such a bad thing. In January the pain was so excruciating that he was screaming in agony and was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance.
"He was told after repeated visits to doctors and clinics that he had a torn ligament in his back, which doctors believed was causing the pain. The pain continued and in April he was referred to Victoria Hospital to see a specialist.”
Tests were conducted with results stating that he had already reached stage four of the cancer.
Abrahams and Beukes have organised a street soccer tournament to reduce the financial burden placed on the family.
Beukes said the tournament was to help lighten the load placed on his mother’s shoulders.
Kyle’s father, John Edward Davids, said despite being bed-ridden and ill, Davids is very strong at the moment.
The tournament will take place on September 19 and 20 at the Parkwood Avenue Parks.
For information on how to donate or assist, call Abrahams on 068 587 8432 or Beukes on 063 840 6394.