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Cancer Hope Campaign

Cancer Hope Campaign

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My medical aid (FedHealth) have declined funding life saving treatment for my inoperable and castrate resistant metastasized prostate cancer on the grounds that it is experimental, in spite of proof it's working and nothing else is. (my PSA score is down 36% since December - after only one treatment.) 

This treatment has been used successfully in Germany and Australia but financial support has been turned down in spite of this evidence being provided. The treatment is called targeted radionuclide therapy (using PSMA and a radiopharmaceutical called Lu177) and the approach called theranostics is conducted at the department of nuclear medicine at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa who are world leaders.

You can read about the treatment here and a scholarly article on its effectiveness here.

The choice is that I try to contain the spread of the cancer (median life expectancy 2-3 years) or use a treatment that is likely to put me into remission and probably give me another 30 years of life. Doesnt seem like much of a choice does it?

But not only that, my success will help provide the crucial local evidence needed so that others can receive this treatment without having to go through the stress and disappointment of having to fight the medical aid bureaucracy, which I shall continue to do.

I NEED YOU TO PLEASE CONTRIBUTE to my treatment and also to build the evidence that the doctors need to convince medical aids to support others who will also need this treatment when all else fails.

If you can't contribute please share my appeal (with permissions set to public) the and the url widely. 

Thankyou to everyone who has shared and contributed and who still will - you guys rock.

PS If you can please also sign this petition.


Name Comment Date Amount
Felicity Gallagher Beat that cancer. And provide hope to others. Get well soon. Feb 15, 2017 R 205.64
Iris Go well Feb 14, 2017 R 205.64
Colin Best wishes from a prostate cancer survivor. Feb 14, 2017 R 100.00
Sally Robinson wishing you strength through this difficult time. our prayers are with you for a full recovery. Feb 13, 2017 R 514.10
Julia Sham Keep fighting! Feb 13, 2017 R 257.05
Kaz & Nige Hang in there ... lots more polo still to play! Feb 13, 2017 R 1 010.00
Bianca Lots of love ?? Feb 13, 2017 R 1 028.20
Anonymous XXXX Feb 13, 2017 R 859.47
Dee We're with you Walter, all the way. Feb 13, 2017 R 514.10
? Hoping for a favorable outcome. Feb 13, 2017 R 1 028.20
Sabelo Ndabazandile I wish I could do more but after losing John to the Cancer Monster, I am not ready to lose another person I care for. Strength Feb 13, 2017 R 110.00
Stu Go well Feb 13, 2017 R 200.00
Bill Smith May we all find our cure. Feb 12, 2017 R 686.35
Arthur Goldstuck Keep fighting, Walter! Feb 12, 2017 USD $ 189.45
Stacey Your indelible zest in a perfect storm is admirable, Walter. Thanks for confronting this dispute for all of us. Feb 12, 2017 R 370.15
Anonymous ... Feb 12, 2017 R 110.00
Anonymous xxx Feb 12, 2017 R 205.64
A survivor Walter, you deserve better. This is for hope, for cure. Much much love Feb 12, 2017 R 1 028.20
Midge Wishing you well Feb 12, 2017 USD $ 24.99
Duds Connock Wally, all the best... Duds Feb 11, 2017 R 1 028.20
Tyler Reed Wishing you all the best Walt! Don't give up the good fight! #FuckCancer Feb 11, 2017 R 1 028.20
BS Show dem, Walter. xxxx Feb 11, 2017 R 205.64
Anonymous Good luck. Feb 11, 2017 R 514.10
David Graham Wishing you all the best Walter Feb 11, 2017 R 1 028.20
<3 Thank you. Feb 10, 2017 R 102.82
Anthony M Stephens The Challenge of Fighting This Cancer. So close to promising life saving treatment but yet blocked by the insurance company not willing to fund and pay for the treatment regardless of the mountain of favorable and scientific evidence. Feb 10, 2017 USD $ 105.20
A friend A small contribution Feb 10, 2017 R 359.87
Mpho MaPoulo We are with you all the way, Walter! Feb 10, 2017 USD $ 78.57
SKretz Walter, you've been an inspiration to me for years, the reasons just keep changing. I want you around for a bit longer xoxox Feb 10, 2017 R 514.10
Nicola Everyone deserves a fighting chance Feb 10, 2017 R 205.64
Telana . Feb 10, 2017 R 514.10
Merryl Good luck! Feb 10, 2017 USD $ 78.57
Spils Stay strong Feb 10, 2017 R 771.15
Peter Gerber All the best Walter! Feb 10, 2017 R 1 028.20
Fiona * Feb 10, 2017 R 1 000.00
Joan Laine No way are going to lose such a talented and inspiring human being such as yourself due to lack of money Walter Pike! Feb 10, 2017 R 500.00
Candiese Marnewick Thank you for all the help you have given me Walter, if I can reciprocate I gladly will. If anyone can win this battle its you!! Feb 10, 2017 R 205.64
Adele and Sue We wish you only the best. Feb 10, 2017 USD $ 80.68
Johannes Roets Get well soon! Feb 10, 2017 USD $ 785.75
Anonymous Really willing your recovery. Feb 09, 2017 R 1 028.20
Christiana Papagapiou for with God, nothing is impossible Feb 09, 2017 R 30.85
Anonymous Hope this helps you to achieve. What you want Feb 09, 2017 R 185.08
Anonymous Good luck and sorry you have to go through such a hard time Feb 09, 2017 R 185.08
Anonymous We might not know one another, but cancer sucks. Best of wishes. Feb 09, 2017 R 102.82
Annon a little contribution Feb 09, 2017 R 205.64
Garrick Good luck Walter Feb 09, 2017 R 210.00
Matthew Lewis Wishing you you all the best for this fight Walter! Feb 09, 2017 R 1 010.00
Arthur Williams Sorry i missed this message Walter Feb 09, 2017 USD $ 74.65
Candice Moollan Eff cancer! Feb 09, 2017 R 514.10
Anonymous All the best, Walter Feb 09, 2017 R 514.10
Jan Myburgh Fedhealth take note how members of the public support your members. Feb 09, 2017 R 500.00
Anonymous With love Feb 09, 2017 R 110.00
Marietjie Good luck Walter Feb 09, 2017 R 500.00
Mike and Brenda Sattary Wishing you continued success with the treatment. Feb 09, 2017 R 10 010.00
Shani Positive thoughts Feb 09, 2017 USD $ 39.27
Anonymous Best wishes Feb 09, 2017 USD $ 33.02
A Daredevil one round at a time :-) Feb 08, 2017 R 1 028.20
Diane Robertson Lets hope that this helps you get a little further :). Lots of love Mr Pike XXX Feb 08, 2017 R 3 084.60
Jassy Hope this makes a difference to you and to others going forward. Feb 08, 2017 R 510.00
HT Supporting the good fight Feb 08, 2017 R 223.12
Ian Eloff and Jennifer Eloff (nee Pike) Walter, your horse won the race last Saturday ... and you can too! Feb 08, 2017 USD $ 77.77
Nicole Capper We will donate again as soon as we can. Thinking of you and what this fight represents. Feb 07, 2017 R 514.10
Lucy Graham Lots of love to you Walter. Feb 07, 2017 R 514.10
Kate Good for you & thank you for paving the way for others Feb 07, 2017 R 514.10
Diran Good luck, I hope that you pull through Feb 07, 2017 R 205.64
Damon & Valerie Thinking of you Feb 07, 2017 USD $ 112.87
Karen ? Feb 07, 2017 USD $ 15.83
TamS Good luck! Feb 07, 2017 R 102.82
Mathinator All the best for this great initiative!! Feb 07, 2017 R 257.05
Anonymous All the best in your fight! Feb 07, 2017 R 205.64
Brenda Sakellarides Cancer warrior - you can do it! Feb 07, 2017 R 510.00
Anonymous Wishing you the best of luck! Feb 07, 2017 USD $ 15.05
Anonymous <3 Feb 07, 2017 R 51.41
SD Kill it! Feb 07, 2017 R 205.64
Mandy All the best Feb 07, 2017 R 210.00
Jenny Olivier Fuck Cancer Feb 07, 2017 R 1 010.00
Sarah In the name of JB Feb 07, 2017 R 3 084.60
TimK You are only beaten if you quit. Fight Walter! Feb 07, 2017 USD $ 37.62
GS Here's to science killing cancer Feb 07, 2017 USD $ 37.62
Kirsty Fletcher Rooting for you Walter :) Feb 07, 2017 R 1 028.20
Sue Rutherford With you xxx Feb 07, 2017 USD $ 39.58
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Donations to date

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Fundraising target

R 350 000.00

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Walter has a choice - to try to contain the spread of his inoperable cancer (median life expectancy 3 years), or use a treatment that is likely to put him into remission and potentially give him another 30 years of life...