Mrs S.A semi-finalist goes the distance for a greater cause

Photo: Nicole Capper.


Mrs South Africa semi-finalist 2017, Nicole Capper, recently participated in and completed the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. This was a very special race for Capper because it was for the non-profit organisation, Rare Diseases SA.

Two years ago, Capper gave birth to a baby girl and it wasn’t too long until her baby was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF).This disorder is an inherited life-threatening disorder that damages the lungs and digestive system. Capper’s life has not been the same ever since.

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Capper was lucky to meet the founder of Rare Diseases SA, Kelly du Plessis who is the mother to a son who has a very rare combination of diseases. Rare Diseases SA is an organisation that seeks to raise awareness of rare diseases and often times also an advocate for patients’ rights.

Capper’s decision to join Rare Diseases SA, gave her an opportunity to be part of something much bigger than herself, not only when she joined the organisation but also when she decided to participate in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon.

“I chose to run the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon for Rare Diseases SA because I have been forced to face a very uncertain future, and am only strong when I choose to focus on something, or someone stronger than I am,” said Capper.

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For her, taking part in the marathon was about way more than finishing in first place. It was about spreading awareness.

“If Tatum [my daughter] can fight this disease every day, then I can do the once-thought-impossible and run a marathon for her and others. This is my life and I will not waste another minute of it,” Capper concluded.

Edited by Beryl Knipe

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