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Dale's Cancer Treatment and Immunotherapy

Dale's Cancer Treatment and Immunotherapy

Personal message

My name is Jess and I’m writing this and appealing to you all on behalf of my partner and best friend - Dale Keegan, his family, friends and anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting him.

On Valentine’s Day 2019, Dale went to our GP to have an unassuming little mole removed from his left ankle. The mole was cut out and sent for biopsy. We thought nothing more of it, until one week later…when our nightmare began.

We were informed that the mole was early stage Melanoma and immediately referred to a plastic surgeon. The plastic surgeon was confident that it wouldn’t have metastasised considering its depth (1.05mm). Dale underwent surgery for a deep incision to resect the Melanoma and perform a lymph biopsy on the 6th of March.

Although the recovery was painful for him at times, the worst part was waiting to find out the results. On the 14th of March we received the worst and most unexpected news…the surgeon had found cancer in the lymph nodes of Dale’s groin. Dale had now been diagnosed with stage 3B Metastatic Melanoma. We were broken.

For the next few weeks we were living in limbo, not knowing the full implications of this diagnosis. We met with an oncologist and Dale had a PET/CT scan. The scans came back showing no significant cancerous masses besides one reactive lymph node with low-grade activity – we were advised by the oncologist that it was nothing to worry about, most likely just inflammatory.

Three weeks later the lymph node began to protrude and Dale was sent for a sonar and a fine needle aspiration. The results confirmed our worst fears, that the cancer has returned and spread to another node and was proving to be extremely aggressive, necessitating the need for urgent action. Dale was sent for a second surgery on the 8th May to remove the cancerous node together with an additional 10 nodes as a precautionary measure.

On the advice of two oncologists who specialise in Melanoma, the best chance for the cancer not to spread further, as it is one of the more aggressive cancers, and develop into stage 4 (i.e. organ invasion: brain, liver, lungs), as well as to decrease the likelihood of recurrence in the future, is for Dale to undergo Immunotherapy treatment for a period of a year.

Dale’s medical insurance, DISCOVERY HEALTH, have rejected his oncologists motivations to financially cover (or assist in covering) this life saving treatment. According to their policies, only the top two comprehensive plans would subsidise 75% of the treatment costs and DISCOVERY HEALTH only allow members to upgrade at the end of the year. We are hoping that in January 2020 Dale will be able to upgrade to one of these top two plans and thereafter have Discovery cover 75% of the costs of the treatment.

Unfortunately, we have been advised that Dale CANNOT wait until next year to receive this critical treatment. Dale has been extremely fortunate that his Oncologist has granted him access to a six month compassionate trial on a different immunotherapy drug called Opdivo. This compassionate trial will take us to October and this is where we need YOUR help!

The Immunotherapy treatment required and accepted/approved by DISCOVERY HEALTH is called Keytruda: it’s a new and revolutionary treatment that supercharges your body’s immune system to fight the cancer, no matter how big or small.

This treatment is, however, extremely expensive. Each treatment costs approximately ZAR 100,000.00. A treatment is required every three weeks for a period of a year.

From October we will self-fund four treatments at full cost (ZAR 100,000.00 per treatment) till the end of the year and then hopefully be able to upgrade medical insurance as of January 2020 and have 75% of the treatment costs subsidised by DISCOVERY HEALTH. This means we will only have to pay a co-payment of ZAR25,000.00 per treatment till the end of May 2020.

Please help US to help Dale. He is only 31 years old – a kind, passionate and generous person, who deserves to have the opportunity to raise a family and enjoy a long life ahead of him and beat this cancer.

Donations

  • Jun 17, 2019 - USD $ 33.75
  • "Praying for your speedy recovery Dale" - Rosie

  • Jun 17, 2019 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Best wishes to happiness and health!" - SAS Becker

  • Jun 16, 2019 - USD $ 132.49
  • "Sending you both so much love! Keep fighting Dale xxx" - Leisha & Brad

  • Jun 16, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep up the good fight." - Alison and Deryck Spence

  • Jun 15, 2019 - USD $ 52.99
  • "With your strength and all the love and support around you, you can..Kick cancer's ass" - Mandy Perl

  • Jun 15, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "You got this! F$@k cancer! " - Mash

  • Jun 15, 2019 - USD $ 31.56
  • "Stay strong & Believe ~ sending healing energy ????" - ~ Anonymous ~

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 35.39
  • "Godspeed Sir." - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Get better bud and fuck Discovery " - APS

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Worth love and wishes for a full recovery." - Peter & Rene

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "All the best Dale, praying for your recovery. " - Richard and Jacintha

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 70.78
  • "Wishing you a full recovery Dale! Stay positive! " - Roxy and Matt

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Best wishes Dale" - Steve

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 14.16
  • "Be positive, you are in my thoughts " - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 70.78
  • "Sending love" - Jason Meintjes

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 35.39
  • "Stay positive- it’s halo the battle won????????" - Sharon

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "I've had cancer myself and I would not wish it on anyone, except maybe a politician. Stay strong, it's a mental battle too! Much love & rockets!" - Garg

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you good health" - Merle Cohen

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 52.43
  • "Best Wishes, Dale!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 719.74
  • "You got this Dale! Thinking about you and Jess xxx " - Paige

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 26.30
  • "Lots of love to you Jess and best wishes for Dale's recovery" - Dani Huaman

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 4.69
  • "Only Love!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 212.34
  • "Best wishes" - Ro Ciccotello

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 67.28
  • "Wishing you both all the luck in the world xx" - Neil & Gill

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 185.08
  • "With blessings!" - Devon Kaplan

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 411.28
  • "Sending love to you xx" - David & Marian Rule

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Dude, I’m heartbroken. Go and kill this fucking thing! You got this!" - Gavin

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 2 000.00
  • "Good luck" - Thomas Mcgurk

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 106.17
  • "I love you cuz. Stay strong and stay positive! You got this. ?????? " - Jon

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sending love and strength to you both ????" - Vicky & Fabs

  • Jun 14, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Dale, thinking of you from the Cliff Family " - Ian Cliff

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 70.78
  • "Good luck Dale!" - Jen & Chris Higgins

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 353.88
  • "A little help on your road to a full and speedy recovery" - CATKING

  • Jun 14, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Sending strength from Canada" - The Rae's

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "You are in my prayers???????? Goodluck! " - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 35.38
  • "Take care. Let the doctors do the fighting. " - Simon

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying that this donation will not only assist in covering the medical costs but also that God would use it in a miraculous way! John 3:16" - Anon

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 106.13
  • "Wishing you all the best Dale. " - The Barnfather’s

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Be brave! Fight on! Win the battle!" - Shelagh and Al

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 105.17
  • "Love u Dalina!! <3 You got this!!!!" - Vanessa Barnfather

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 13.45
  • "Good luck " - Gilly

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 185.08
  • "Wishing Dale a speedy recovery!" - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 18 507.60
  • "Wishing you all the best" - Kim, Jonny, Tali, Clive

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 67.25
  • "Wishing you strength. You've got this! " - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We love you Dale! Keep trusting for a positive outcome xxx" - Dominic & Amy Goosen

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 33.63
  • "Wishing you the best , Dale . Anne ( friend of Monique )" - Anne Lalor Burns

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep fighting Dale" - Martin Hanlon

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Prayers are with you my buddy! " - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You've got this Dale!" - Melanie bass

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "You got this! Sending you lots of love! - Aimee Justine (sorry for the low amount, it's all i have. Also paying my thyroid cancer off) " - Aimee

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 70.75
  • "Friends from USA wish you well" - Augustine's

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 10.61
  • "No one your age should go through anything this terrible, I wish you and your partner all the best and may you have a long loving life together " - Gerhard

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 253.75
  • "Wishing you all the best, stay strong ???????? " - Lesley Smith

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Dale - you keep strong & all of the best! Dont know you personally but my thoughts are with you & all close to him! " - Angie

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "Fuck Cancer!" - Michael

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 25.33
  • "We will be playing cricket again!" - Deafie

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 141.50
  • "Wishing you all the best bro. Sending you all my best wishes. Darren Whittle" - Darren Whittle

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "You can do this!" - T

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "You've got this bru" - Mitch

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "You’ve got this buddy. Stay strong ???? Mike & Natz (SAHETI class of 2005)" - Michael and Natalie joannou

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Stay strong!" - An old friend

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 35.38
  • "Stay strong. <3 Fuck Cancer! " - Max & Elle

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We got you bud! You'll still beat this!" - Wayne

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Sorry I couldn’t give you more right now. You’ve got this! " - Aimee

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Wish I could offer more. Fight on!" - Paddy McDee

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "You got this bro!" - Paul Norwood

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Get well soon" - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 70.75
  • "Stay strong bud." - Nick

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Strength to you brother. Fight. " - Lew

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Positive vibes on the way" - Maureen

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 51.41
  • "<3" - Anonymous

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "You’re in our prayers" - Mark Fisher

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 102.82
  • "Prayers are with you" - Sue

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Get well soon bro!" - Jonathan Georgiades

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "." - Kyle

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 50.00
  • "I don't know you personally Dale but I know each bit helps. " - Catherine

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 267.89
  • "You’ve got this Dale! xxx" - Tori

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Stay strong!! Love you homie" - Byron & Rebecca

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Behind you all the way my dude. XxX" - Flames

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 26.78
  • "Best wishes for a speedy recovery " - Jo

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Thinking of you buddy and know that you're going to get through this! " - Luca De Bellis

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Best wishes being sent your way!" - Janet

  • Jun 13, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "You can do this!" - Sharyn

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 70.75
  • "Sending positive thoughts your way! Stay strong! " - Janine & Taka

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 38.91
  • "Sending love ???? " - Bronwyn

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 52.61
  • "Thinking of you Dale!" - Nick and Keri

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 52.61
  • "Thinking of you from N.C.!" - Heather Lynch

  • Jun 13, 2019 - USD $ 127.36
  • "Go and beat it Dale" - Robin & Jo

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 71.71
  • "All the best. " - Anonymous

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 27.07
  • "Thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones xxx you are not alone " - Rosalind Powlesland

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 35.85
  • "Sorry to hear this. I hope you make a full recovery. " - Charles Dubber

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We are here for you for you Dale! Sending you so much strength, support and love! You will beat this????" - Shanny &D

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Best of luck, old friend. " - Natalie Reffo

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 71.71
  • "Stay strong Dale, you've got this!!!" - Megan and Derrick

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 143.43
  • "Wishing you strength x" - Alexa Nicolau

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 3.41
  • "Have faith and stay strong, you will beat it." - Anonymous

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 3 000.00
  • "Good luck Dale" - Ronya

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 542.30
  • "1love" - Jacques de Villiers

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "You will beat this brother! We got your back all the way! ????" - Gil

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 101.22
  • "Be strong" - Sara and Judy

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Take care. " - Clare Digby

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 1 064.80
  • "We'll beat this - stay strong - we love you and MYM" - Gill, Sarah and Jon

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 35.85
  • "I know it's not much but I can't imagine having my wife go through this and not have the means to provide care. Good luck friend " - Eduan

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 14.34
  • "Hey man, it was a pleasure to tour with you. Best of luck with your treatment my friend. Nick - Surender The Coast" - Nick

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Wishing you all the best my bro! " - JP

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Stay strong" - Mark Couzyn

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Right behind you brother, We will fight this together! " - Eric Barnfather

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "You in my thoughts bud! You can beat this!" - Cavan

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 53.10
  • "Wishing you all the best Dale!" - Kerynn

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Stay strong, stay positive Dale!" - Brett Mansfield

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Sorry to hear. Hope my small donation will make a difference. " - Cindy Chan

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 100.96
  • "Fuck Cancer" - Kathy Fluta

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "You're in my prayers bro. I/we will do what we can to help when we can." - Ashley De Beer

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 53.79
  • "Stay Strong" - Angela

  • Jun 12, 2019 - USD $ 136.34
  • "<3 " - Jayde

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Wishing you a full recovery." - Rene

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "You got this Dale. Keep your mind positive and love all around you. " - Khyle Strydom

  • Jun 12, 2019 - R 5 141.00
  • "Good luck Dale!" - Anon

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My name is Jess and I’m writing this and appealing to you all on behalf of my partner and best friend - Dale Keegan, his family, friends and anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting him.

On the 14th of March we received the worst and most unexpected news…after a biopsy on his ankle to remove a melanoma, the surgeon had found cancer in the lymph nodes of Dale’s groin. Dale had now been diagnosed with stage 3B Metastatic Melanoma.