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ust a few min­utes spent in the com­pany of nine-year-old Kei­tumetse Lekala makes one ap­pre­ci­ate the beauty of life and the gift of health. Keitu is one of the bravest peo­ple you’ll ever meet. Wear­ing a blue sun­hat and a broad smile, the lit­tle girl with big brown eyes talks openly about her jour­ney since be­ing di­ag­nosed with an ag­gres­sive ma­lig­nant brain tu­mour. She had to stop school and was put on a vig­or­ous chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion on­col­ogy treat­ment pro­gramme; ev­ery day she at­tends ra­di­a­tion treat­ments at the Wits Uni­ver­sity Don­ald Gor­don Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Jo­han­nes­burg. Be­cause both her par­ents have to work, she and the fam­ily’s nanny utilise public trans­port pro­vided by the hos­pi­tal to get to and from her treat­ments. It’s been a trau­matic and stress­ful time, not only for Keitu but for her par­ents, mom Lebo and dad Tha­bang, too.

A whole world turned up­side down

“Keitu has al­ways been a very easy­go­ing, out­go­ing child and she makes friends eas­ily, es­pe­cially with kids her age. De­spite ev­ery­thing she is go­ing through, she is al­ways so pos­i­tive and her sunny out­look on life has def­i­nitely helped

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