Oscar Chalupsky, a man of remarkable determination and unwavering optimism, has lived a life filled with adventure, success*, and now, a personal battle against a rare and incurable cancer. Born in South Africa and known for his skills in the world of sports, Oscar’s journey has taken him through the realms of Nelo Surfskis and NuMobile, SA, where he has made significant contributions to the fields of coaching and sales.
However, in November 2019, just one day before his wife Clare’s 60th birthday, Oscar received devastating news. He was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a bone marrow cancer that doctors deemed incurable. Given a mere six months to live, Oscar refused to accept this prognosis as defeat. Instead, he embarked on a courageous fight, fueled by his unyielding perseverance and an indomitable spirit.
Throughout his battle, Oscar’s determination has remained unshakable. Even in the face of radiation, chemotherapy, and a bone marrow transplant, he continues to defy expectations and actively engage in his passions. What sets Oscar apart is his commitment to living life to the fullest. He still paddles kayaks, plays golf (recently with Ernie Els – and they won). Through a combination of medical treatment, regular exercise, and an unwavering belief in his own strength, Oscar has proven all the doctors wrong, surpassing their predictions and inspiring hope in others.
Oscar’s openness and transparency have touched the hearts of many worldwide. Through his social media platforms and his book, he fearlessly shares his journey, offering support and encouragement to those who may be facing similar battles. His story serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us all that missed opportunities are merely temporary setbacks, and there will always be another wave to catch.
Recognising the financial burden faced by Multiple Myeloma patients in South Africa, Oscar, together with the assistance of Stuart Lowe and Campaigning for Cancer, has established the Multiple Myeloma Fund. This fund aims to raise money to alleviate the exorbitant costs of treatment for those affected by this cancer in South Africa. As a testament to his selflessness, Oscar will be donating a percentage of all income generated from his published book to this noble cause.
Oscar Chalupsky’s story is not merely a tale of triumph over adversity but a testament to the power of resilience, optimism, and the unwavering human spirit. His is a journey of perseverance and hope. “Missed opportunities are like missed waves, there’s always another.”
* Few paddlers hold a record comparable to Oscar’s. From his school days, his list of accomplishments include twelve time World Molokai Surfski Champion, multiple winner of the Umkomaas River Marathon and Olympic team spokesman, representing South Africa in Barcelona in 1992. In 1979, at the age of 15, Oscar Chalupsky made headlines at the South African Surf Lifesaving Champs, winning the Junior and Senior Ironman Titles on the same day. In 1983 he won the storied Molokai World Championships open-ocean race for the first time. Since then, this un-putdownable South African won his 12th title – at the age of 49.