Rainbows And Smiles Childhood Cancer Foundation

Nadia Lewis

National Project Manager


Rainbows and Smiles believe in providing hope, fun and laughter to help families through the childhood cancer journey. We are passionate advocates for awareness initiatives and ongoing education on the early warning signs of childhood cancer. We promote the Gold Ribbon (the symbol for childhood cancer awareness) in order to raise the profile of childhood cancer throughout South Africa. We work with the medical teams and facilities responsible for treating children with cancer, to support and complement their work. We uphold and respect the rights of our child warriors in everything we do. We don’t discriminate based on race, culture, religion, financial status or any other factor.



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Rainbows and Smiles is a community based, charitable foundation dedicated to providing emotional, social and financial support to children diagnosed with cancer or a life-threatening illness, and their families and caregivers. Our organisation is inspired by the life of Jed Brady Suckling, son of Bonita Suckling, our founder. Jed bravely battled a brain cancer called Anaplastic Astrocytoma for more than three years. He was a little boy who loved giving gifts, and one of his greatest joys was to make his friends smile while they were in hospital being treated. Rainbows and Smiles was inspired by Jed’s love language of giving gifts, and was established in 2009. Over the years the organisation has grown, but our inspiration is never forgotten, and we remain an approachable and welcoming charity. Today, volunteers in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Limpopo, Pietermaritzburg and Durban continue the mission of Rainbows and Smiles across those cities and have provided support to hundreds of children and their families. We work with healthcare professionals at various treatment centres to assist where we can with complementary support and care for child cancer warriors and their families. We are proud to be part of a larger community of organisations that support childhood cancer, and wherever possible, we collaborate and communicate with other like-minded organisations in South Africa and overseas to do what we can to ease the burden of childhood cancer on families.

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