‘Journey for Jodes’ remembers mom’s brave fight
Among the thousands of cyclists enjoying the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic cycle race on Sunday will be a gutsy Pietermaritzburg father out to make a statement about the ongoing battle against cancer.
Dan Wersig lost his wife Jodi to breast cancer in July this year, aged 33, leaving two young children to ponder the sudden loss of their mother.
Pictured above: Cyclists who will be riding the Amashova race on Sunday to try to raise R50 000 for CHOC as part of the ‘Journey For Jodes’ in memory of Jodi Wersig – (from left) Joao de Jesus, Ronald Wichman, Dan Wersig and Brett Precious. Pictures: Supplied/Gameplan Media
While still battling to come to terms with the loss, Dan has decided to channel his grief into raising money for CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation) as one of the race’s official charities.
“What this has taught me and what Jodi has given me since she left us is that life is too short to sweat the small stuff,” said Dan.
“Do not take anything or anyone for granted. Live each day as though it is your last. Tell people you love them. Be very grateful for what you have and do things that make you happy,” he said.”
“With all of this in mind, and having been through what I have I could never imagine what it must be like for a child, or the parents of that child to have to go through something like this,” he added.
“This is where I started ‘Journey for Jodes’ – a drive to create awareness and raise funds for CHOC and the amazing work that they do for these little soldiers and their families,” he said.
Wersig has set a goal of raising R50 000 at this year’s Tsogo Sun Amashova, and has a group of 10 friends who will be riding the 65km race from Cato Ridge in furry Cow suits to support him.
He admits that he is short of training but is eager to take on the challenge to push his “Journey For Jodes” cause.
In a rollercoaster 15 months the Wersig family moved to Durban to set up life as a young family when Jodi was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer.
She underwent two surgeries followed by five months of chemotherapy and another four months of radiation. After initially getting the all clear, in subsequent tests she later learnt that the cancer had metastasized and had spread into her bones and other parts of her body.
“We were told she had between 12 and 24 months to live,” said Wersig. “We then decided to move back to Maritzburg to be closer to our friends and family, as we both grew up here.”
“She knew she had to fight for me and our two kids,” he added. “The type of cancer Jodi had was one of the most aggressive and four months later on the July 27, after a 17 month fight, she passed away.
“This completely shattered our world and every dream we had for our family was taken away,” he explained. “I could never explain to anyone what this feels like or what it has done to me as, only if you have been through this would you ever understand.”
Anyone keen to support him can make a donation through https://www.givengain.com/activist/228936/.
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– Gameplan Media