In amongst the thousands of cyclists enjoying the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic 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.
While still battling to come to terms with the loss, Dan Wersig has decided to channel his grief into raising money for CHOC as one of the race's official charities to help ease the plight of young children battling cancer.
"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, and stop doing the things that don't," 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 for CHOC at this year's Tsogo Sun Amashova, and has a group of ten friends who will be riding the 65km race from Cato Ridge in furry Cow suits to support him.
He openly admits that he is short of training but is eager to take on the challenge to push his 'Journey For Jodes' cause.
In a roller coaster fifteen 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 were scattered all over her body.
"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 27 July, after a seventeen 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."