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Support Carolyn's Cancer Battle

Support Carolyn's Cancer Battle

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As some of you may have heard, our brave and beautiful little friend Carolyn Gad was diagnosed late July 2018 with an extremely rare PEComa cancer, that is in its advanced stage. She is the 7th person in the world to be diagnosed and there is currently no standard treatment or cure.

Carolyn lives in Czech Republic and was recently involved with and working as an artist, ironically to help raise funds for cancer research. The Institute of Molecular and Translational Medicine at Palacký University, as well as Cancer Research Czech Republic have been an ongoing support in her journey so far and would be saddened if she would have to return to her home country for financial reasons, as she feels she has the best medical care where she currently is.

Earlier in 2018 Carolyn had half her left kidney removed and Doctors thought they had gotten rid of the benign tumor. In July Carolyn went for a CT and PET scan, and it was realised that cancerous tumors had metastasized and riddled her abdominal area. There were too many tumors to count and immediate action was needed.

Within a couple days of being diagnosed Carolyn went through major surgery to remove all but 20cm of her colon as well as a hysterectomy. At 34 she is now going through menopause and is learning to deal with a colostomy bag for the next 2 years before reconstructive surgery could even be a possibility. As the colon was the cancers favourite organ, the risk of reconstructive surgery at such an early stage in the process is too high a risk.

Due to the major surgery there is a 2-3 week waiting period before she can start treatment with Chemo pills, the recommendation to be able to fight off the cancerous cells.

Even though this all happened within the space of a couple days, Carolyn remains positive and shows the strength of a true fighter. In order to continue the fight she needs to be able to continue with treatment which is unfortunately no small expense. The drugs required to fight off the cancerous cells come at a cost of R59 000 (around $3 942 or £3 092) a month for the next 2.5 years. The sad truth is that the cost of treatment should never be what stops the fight.

To date actual and projected costs of further treatment is in the region of a frightening R2.4 million. Although Carolyn is on a State Medical Aid, a pre-existing condition means that in effect she has no medical cover.

Any contribution (no matter how small) towards helping Carolyn continue treatment would give us all hope for her recovery and at the very least, ease the current pressure that she is dealing with. If anyone is interested, a variety of her illustrations as well as her book (only within Czech Republic), “Dedicated Fairy Tales” is available for purchase to assist in her costs, as well as to raise funds for cancer research.

www.carolyngad.com

https://www.vyzkumrakoviny.cz/produkt/pohadkova-knizka-venovane-pohadky/

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Donations

  • Dec 11, 2018 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Love and hugs from your first cousin & family In Connecticut, USA ( ex Rondebosch,Cape Town)" - Martin Gad & family

  • Nov 08, 2018 - USD $ 16.20
  • "Refuah shleima." - Korn Family

  • Oct 31, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Refuah Shleima! Love The Ziegler family" - Ziegler family

  • Oct 09, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Best wishes " - Stas

  • Oct 08, 2018 - R 154.23
  • "Wishing you positive energy and healing. X" - Jacqui Cirota

  • Oct 08, 2018 - R 185.08
  • "Wishing you a Refuah Sheleima" - Anonymous

  • Sep 30, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "May Hashem send you a refuah shelaima- a complete recovery" - anonymous

  • Sep 27, 2018 - R 190.00
  • "Wishing you a refuah shleimah!" - Korn Family

  • Sep 14, 2018 - USD $ 71.19
  • "Dear Carolyn, we are distant cousins. I'm Len Abrahams's daughter. I live in the UK. I'd love to help you in whatever way possible." - Jess Abrahams

  • Sep 13, 2018 - R 180.00
  • "May you be Blessed with Good Health and Strength to overcome these challenges." - Anonymous

  • Aug 31, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery Love Leon and Valda" - Leon and Valda

  • Aug 29, 2018 - USD $ 112.03
  • "Best of luck!" - Arthur Raisfeld

  • Aug 27, 2018 - R 18 507.60
  • "wishing you a speedy recovery" - Sank

  • Aug 26, 2018 - R 1 349.35
  • "You are in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you strength at this time. Xox" - Anonymous

  • Aug 21, 2018 - USD $ 36.69
  • "We will go trought this! Promise! We are spreading the word. Love you..." - Agnieszka Sternak

  • Aug 21, 2018 - R 483.25
  • "Your art is fabulous and I look forward to meeting its creator one day. Good luck! " - Bozzy, one of Aggie's UK friends

  • Aug 19, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you love and healing, from Andi Hirschson xx" - Andi Hirschson

  • Aug 18, 2018 - USD $ 133.49
  • "Sending lots of love and positive thoughts xx" - Ashley and Adam

  • Aug 17, 2018 - R 1 658.43
  • "We are thinking of you! Fight and win!" - Filip

  • Aug 17, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Carolyn you are in my thoughts and prayers" - Anonymous

  • Aug 16, 2018 - USD $ 36.09
  • "Thinking of you!" - Chelsea Cohen

  • Aug 16, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Sending you strength and good wishes! x" - Maureen & Lauren

  • Aug 16, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Sending you Love and Light. " - sharon

  • Aug 16, 2018 - USD $ 18.04
  • "Stay strong! Thinking of you." - Carley

  • Aug 16, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Sending love and support x" - Kristen

  • Aug 16, 2018 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending healing prayers along with my donation." - Jayne Pearl

  • Aug 16, 2018 - USD $ 52.35
  • "Anonymous" - Anonymous

  • Aug 16, 2018 - USD $ 37.87
  • "Refua Shaleyma" - Victoria Livshutz

  • Aug 16, 2018 - USD $ 36.09
  • "Heart all the way my ferretsoft ? " - Alex K

  • Aug 15, 2018 - USD $ 46.00
  • "Thinking of you always" - An old friend

  • Aug 15, 2018 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Dear Carolyn!!! Love and Strength!!! xoxox" - Aviva Aranovich

  • Aug 15, 2018 - USD $ 49.17
  • "praying for your speedy recovery!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 15, 2018 - USD $ 14.78
  • "Wishing you strength" - Anonymous

  • Aug 15, 2018 - USD $ 99.76
  • "Sending healing love your way from your "American" cousins -- we are praying for your recovery." - Cecil & Ellen Pollen

  • Aug 15, 2018 - USD $ 73.90
  • "My dear friend, please get well soon!" - Ivy

  • Aug 15, 2018 - R 250.00
  • "My special friend - here for you always x" - Anonymous

  • Aug 15, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Sending positivity and wishing you strength" - Anonymous

  • Aug 15, 2018 - USD $ 73.90
  • "Sending love and hope" - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 45 471.32

Fundraising target

R 1 770 000.00
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As some of you may have heard, our brave and beautiful little friend Carolyn Gad was diagnosed late July 2018 with an extremely rare PEComa cancer, that is in its advanced stage. She is the 7th person in the world to be diagnosed and there is currently no standard treatment or cure.