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Cancer Hope Campaign

Cancer Hope Campaign

Personal message

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.

Donations

  • Jun 05, 2017 - R 206.00
  • "Beat that cancer. And provide hope to others. Get well soon." - Felicity Gallagher

  • Mar 13, 2017 - USD $ 79.85
  • "All the best Walter" - Marc Smith

  • Mar 08, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you all the best Walter!" - Mark and Jill Dabbs

  • Feb 15, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Beat that cancer. And provide hope to others. Get well soon." - Felicity Gallagher

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Go well" - Iris

  • Feb 14, 2017 - R 100.00
  • "Best wishes from a prostate cancer survivor." - Colin

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "wishing you strength through this difficult time. our prayers are with you for a full recovery. " - Sally Robinson

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 257.05
  • "Keep fighting! " - Julia Sham

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 1 010.00
  • "Hang in there ... lots more polo still to play!" - Kaz & Nige

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Lots of love ?? " - Bianca

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 859.47
  • "XXXX" - Anonymous

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "We're with you Walter, all the way." - Dee

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Hoping for a favorable outcome." - ?

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 110.00
  • "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" - Sabelo Ndabazandile

  • Feb 13, 2017 - R 200.00
  • "Go well" - Stu

  • Feb 12, 2017 - R 686.35
  • "May we all find our cure." - Bill Smith

  • Feb 12, 2017 - USD $ 189.45
  • "Keep fighting, Walter!" - Arthur Goldstuck

  • Feb 12, 2017 - R 370.15
  • "Your indelible zest in a perfect storm is admirable, Walter. Thanks for confronting this dispute for all of us. " - Stacey

  • Feb 12, 2017 - R 110.00
  • "..." - Anonymous

  • Feb 12, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "xxx" - Anonymous

  • Feb 12, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Walter, you deserve better. This is for hope, for cure. Much much love" - A survivor

  • Feb 12, 2017 - USD $ 24.99
  • "Wishing you well " - Midge

  • Feb 11, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wally, all the best... Duds" - Duds Connock

  • Feb 11, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you all the best Walt! Don't give up the good fight! #FuckCancer " - Tyler Reed

  • Feb 11, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Show dem, Walter. xxxx" - BS

  • Feb 11, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Good luck." - Anonymous

  • Feb 11, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you all the best Walter" - David Graham

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Thank you." - <3

  • Feb 10, 2017 - USD $ 105.20
  • "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. " - Anthony M Stephens

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 359.87
  • "A small contribution" - A friend

  • Feb 10, 2017 - USD $ 78.57
  • "We are with you all the way, Walter!" - Mpho MaPoulo

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Walter, you've been an inspiration to me for years, the reasons just keep changing. I want you around for a bit longer xoxox" - SKretz

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Everyone deserves a fighting chance" - Nicola

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "." - Telana

  • Feb 10, 2017 - USD $ 78.57
  • "Good luck! " - Merryl

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 771.15
  • "Stay strong" - Spils

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best Walter!" - Peter Gerber

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 1 000.00
  • "*" - Fiona

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 500.00
  • " No way are going to lose such a talented and inspiring human being such as yourself due to lack of money Walter Pike!" - Joan Laine

  • Feb 10, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "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!! " - Candiese Marnewick

  • Feb 10, 2017 - USD $ 80.68
  • "We wish you only the best." - Adele and Sue

  • Feb 10, 2017 - USD $ 785.75
  • "Get well soon!" - Johannes Roets

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Really willing your recovery. " - Anonymous

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 30.85
  • "for with God, nothing is impossible" - Christiana Papagapiou

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 185.08
  • "Hope this helps you to achieve. What you want " - Anonymous

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 185.08
  • "Good luck and sorry you have to go through such a hard time" - Anonymous

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "We might not know one another, but cancer sucks. Best of wishes. " - Anonymous

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "a little contribution " - Annon

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 210.00
  • "Good luck Walter" - Garrick

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 1 010.00
  • "Wishing you you all the best for this fight Walter! " - Matthew Lewis

  • Feb 09, 2017 - USD $ 74.65
  • "Sorry i missed this message Walter" - Arthur Williams

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Eff cancer!" - Candice Moollan

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "All the best, Walter" - Anonymous

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 500.00
  • "Fedhealth take note how members of the public support your members. " - Jan Myburgh

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 110.00
  • "With love" - Anonymous

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Walter" - Marietjie

  • Feb 09, 2017 - R 10 010.00
  • "Wishing you continued success with the treatment. " - Mike and Brenda Sattary

  • Feb 09, 2017 - USD $ 39.27
  • "Positive thoughts" - Shani

  • Feb 09, 2017 - USD $ 33.02
  • "Best wishes" - Anonymous

  • Feb 08, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "one round at a time :-)" - A Daredevil

  • Feb 08, 2017 - R 3 084.60
  • "Lets hope that this helps you get a little further :). Lots of love Mr Pike XXX" - Diane Robertson

  • Feb 08, 2017 - R 510.00
  • "Hope this makes a difference to you and to others going forward." - Jassy

  • Feb 08, 2017 - R 223.12
  • "Supporting the good fight " - HT

  • Feb 08, 2017 - USD $ 77.77
  • "Walter, your horse won the race last Saturday ... and you can too!" - Ian Eloff and Jennifer Eloff (nee Pike)

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "We will donate again as soon as we can. Thinking of you and what this fight represents." - Nicole Capper

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Lots of love to you Walter." - Lucy Graham

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 514.10
  • "Good for you & thank you for paving the way for others" - Kate

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck, I hope that you pull through" - Diran

  • Feb 07, 2017 - USD $ 112.87
  • "Thinking of you " - Damon & Valerie

  • Feb 07, 2017 - USD $ 15.83
  • "?" - Karen

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 102.82
  • "Good luck!" - TamS

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 257.05
  • "All the best for this great initiative!!" - Mathinator

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "All the best in your fight! " - Anonymous

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 510.00
  • "Cancer warrior - you can do it!" - Brenda Sakellarides

  • Feb 07, 2017 - USD $ 15.05
  • "Wishing you the best of luck! " - Anonymous

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 51.41
  • "<3" - Anonymous

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 205.64
  • "Kill it! " - SD

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 210.00
  • "All the best " - Mandy

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 1 010.00
  • "Fuck Cancer" - Jenny Olivier

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 3 084.60
  • "In the name of JB" - Sarah

  • Feb 07, 2017 - USD $ 37.62
  • "You are only beaten if you quit. Fight Walter! " - TimK

  • Feb 07, 2017 - USD $ 37.62
  • "Here's to science killing cancer" - GS

  • Feb 07, 2017 - R 1 028.20
  • "Rooting for you Walter :)" - Kirsty Fletcher

  • Feb 07, 2017 - USD $ 39.58
  • "With you xxx" - Sue Rutherford

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Fundraising target

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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...