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Battle for Bruce

Battle for Bruce

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Our dad recently received a devastating stage 4 melanoma diagnosis which has already metastasized to his liver.

This came with a very poor prognosis of fewer than 6 months if left untreated, with traditional cancer treatments (chemo, radiation, surgery) offering little to nothing in the way of cure or respite. Then we heard about immunotherapy. Keytruda is a drug that is blazing trails in melanoma treatment and has been approved in South Africa to treat 2 types of cancer, melanoma being one of them. Our oncologist at OncoCare has confirmed that this is the BEST and, frankly only option for any chance of a cure for our dad.

We were told it was expensive, but our parents have been members of a medical aid group for many years, are on a good plan with them and have been loyal customers throughout. While we assumed they would not be able to cover the full cost of treatment, we were completely unprepared for the devastating blow that not one single cent of the allocated oncology allowance could be used for this treatment.

They have simply denied our dad access to a potentially life-saving treatment because it is too expensive. While their company turns profits, our so-called “oncology allowance” is inaccessible to us unless we use treatments that have proven useless in treating this type of cancer and will lead to devastating side-effects along the way.

This is despite there being an oncology allowance with the medical aid of R600 000. Effectively 6 important treatments.

This is my dad´s best and only chance to survive this, with the prognosis without treatment only being about 6 months.
Immunotherapy is an ongoing treatment, but we would hope to have raised enough for the first round of treatments in the next 3 months.

At R101 000 per treatment, and many, many treatments being required, we are doing all we can to pull together enough money to save our dads life, but we can´t do it without help.
100% of the funds will be sent directly to the oncologist to pay for KEYTRUDA immunotherapy treatment.

Donating to this cause could be saving a life, a life we are not ready to lose, the life of a loving husband, father and grandfather.

We will continue to put pressure on medical aid to do the right thing but in the meantime, we would be so grateful for any help covering these costs and help getting the message out there about this injustice. We are sure we are not alone in this fight with a medical aid in whose hands we placed not only our trust but our lives.

Any amount would help, we are simply not ready to lose our dad, especially not because of money.

You can follow my Dad's progress here.

*Funds raised will be transferred directly to the relevant medical organisation/practitioner*

Donations

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thinking of you all xxxxx" - Zara

  • Sep 15, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Lots of love " - P&M

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thinking of you all xxxxx" - Zara

  • Aug 15, 2019 - USD $ 68.23
  • "Sterkte Bruce. Keeping you and the family in my prayers." - Alison de Jong

  • Jul 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thinking of you all xxxxx" - Zara

  • Jul 23, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Wishing your dad a speedy recovery x" - Angelica

  • Jul 11, 2019 - USD $ 37.10
  • "Hang in there Bruce " - Guy Pochet

  • Jun 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Thinking of you all xxxxx" - Zara

  • Jun 27, 2019 - USD $ 157.86
  • "Stay strong Bruce!" - anonymous

  • Jun 26, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Strongs boet. Get well soon" - Alan Goodway

  • Jun 25, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Thoughts and good wishes to all the family" - Connie Bright

  • Jun 24, 2019 - USD $ 26.84
  • "Stay strong! xxx" - Sinead, Megan and Casey

  • Jun 22, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending lots of love!!xx" - Caitlin

  • Jun 21, 2019 - USD $ 23.89
  • "All the best X" - LvD

  • Jun 21, 2019 - USD $ 73.30
  • "Go and fight this evil disease Bruce. Thinking of you mate." - Iain G

  • Jun 20, 2019 - USD $ 157.80
  • "I miss you" - TMONEY

  • Jun 18, 2019 - USD $ 77.53
  • "......" - Rob and Alan

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Rooting for you all, wonderful Riddells!" - Max Cullinan

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 35.39
  • "All the best x" - Anonymous

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "All the best Bruce" - Sean M

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hi, Bruce. You and your family are in our prayers. Stay strong. Love Jp and Stephanie " - Jp

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "All the best Bruce" - Clayton

  • Jun 11, 2019 - USD $ 106.46
  • "Robyn, All my love to you and your family." - Jinny pak

  • Jun 08, 2019 - USD $ 33.42
  • "Get well soon mate. You were always an inspiration growing up in Columbine Road. I hope you recover soon. God bless you all." - Beazle

  • Jun 07, 2019 - USD $ 119.17
  • "Hi Bruce, hope you get better soon. " - Ben Lemeire

  • Jun 06, 2019 - R 10 000.00
  • "You family is so important to me and has been a memorable part of my growing up. Love you all! " - Kressica

  • Jun 06, 2019 - USD $ 3.53
  • "test" - Robyn

  • Jun 05, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "With love and hope" - Rick & Margs

  • Jun 04, 2019 - USD $ 21.83
  • "Sending our love and prayers for breakthrough!" - Dave and Cheryl M

  • Jun 04, 2019 - USD $ 145.53
  • "I will never stop fighting for you xxx" - Robs

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Stay strong!" - KP

  • Jun 04, 2019 - USD $ 193.66
  • "Get well soon Bruce" - M Ferguson

  • Jun 04, 2019 - USD $ 404.19
  • "Bruce, Kelly and I send our love" - Kelly and Sean Wild

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "*" - Sasha

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Stay strong " - Simonne Johnson

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you all the best Bruce and all your Girls behind you!" - Sal

  • Jun 04, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Wishing you well old buddy!!!" - Alfred (Boetie)

  • Jun 04, 2019 - USD $ 691.68
  • "Bruce - you can do this buddy....." - Anon

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you and your family strength " - Anonymous

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 19.81
  • "A little love goes a long way. Keep fighting guys ??" - Abigail

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 13.71
  • "Sending positive vibes to you all stay strong thinking of of you xxx" - Vice family

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Thinking of all of you. Sterkte." - Jen Stastny

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with you ! " - Charlie Coetzee

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Sending love to you all xxx" - Jo

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 123.40
  • "Fingers crossed guys! Sending you love and best wishes xxx" - Kaja

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "Sending love to Riddell family xxxx" - Natasha R

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 50.00
  • "Thinking of you all, Karen xx" - Karen Eva

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 25.10
  • "Sending all our love Jo, Dan and Girls " - Joanne Eva

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Praying for a happy outcome xx" - The Coopers

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 39.69
  • "Sending positive thoughts to the whole family. Love, Lyndsay, Dries & girls xx" - Lyndsay

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Praying for you and Wendy and all your family " - Anne

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 104.88
  • "Hope your dad gets better robs xoxox" - Kirsty Aird

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 66.27
  • "Sending positive vibes to you guys x " - Ryan Rabinowitz

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 195.67
  • "We believe - Speedy recovery Bruce" - Bacs

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Thinking of you" - Lisa

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thinking of you all xxxxx" - Zara

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 132.70
  • "Sending lots of love and support to you all x " - Aimee Ward

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 43.27
  • "Much love xxx" - Emma calvert

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Speedy recovery Bruce " - Helen Kotze

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 100.07
  • "Sending so much love and support!" - Caro

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "My love is with you all" - Marcelle Stastny

  • Jun 03, 2019 - R 152.25
  • "Dear Dad, Mom and girls, I love you all so very very much and hope this is the quickest collection ever xxx" - Kath Brink

  • Jun 03, 2019 - USD $ 6.86
  • "Love you, Dad" - Tamlyn

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Fundraising target

R 800 000.00
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Bruce Riddell Medical Cause

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We are the daughters of Bruce Riddell, for whom we are starting this fundraiser. Our dad recently received a devastating stage 4 melanoma diagnosis which has already metastasized to his liver.   This came with a very poor prognosis of fewer than 6 months if left untreated, with traditional cancer treatments (chemo, radiation, surgery) offering little to nothing in the way of cure or respite.