Durell fighting cancer fund
- By: Durell Mackey
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/durell-mackey-5721644402918598684
- Date Created: 3 October 2023
R 1 189
R 20 000
My friend, Durell, is fighting cancer for the fifth time at the age of 40. Her fight began at the tender age of 4 when she was diagnosed with stage 3 Burkitt's lymphoma. Multiple surgeries follwed and 18 months of chemotherapy led to epilepsy and learning disabilities. When Durell was 10, she had stage 1 Burkit's lymphoma and the treatment was 9 months of chemo. It was an extremely difficult and lonely path growing up.
In 2010 Durell was diagnosed with Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and without medical aid she received chemotherapy an radiation at a state hospital. She struggled to recover fully and suffered from other ailments including liver failure in 2016. She has a medical aid now but her SASSA grant has been rejected since June.
In December 2022 Durell had nasal cancer which was treated with radiation during the first few months of 2023. In March this year, DLBCL was discovered in her abdomen and chest. In April a part of her colon was removed. Durell's hematologist proposed chemo and immunotherapy. However, this costs about R40,000 per treatment with a 10% co-payment.
Her mother, Amanda, has been there with love and support all the way. Amanda is a gifted baker who supplies many home industries with delicious and beautiful biscuits! Nadine and JD, Durell's sister and brother, and their families are also contributing to the medical and other expenses. The expenses are accumulating at a fast pace in the tough economic environment.
We've had an event to raise funds to pay a portion of the medical costs but will greatly appreciate further donations to cover the rest. If there is a residual amount available, we would like to have a party to celebrate Durell's 40th birthday, which was only days after surgery in April.
Durell's name means strong and that she definitely is! Please support her to keep on fighting and conquering cancer!
- Oct 24, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
- "" - Nicoline Breytenbach
- Oct 14, 2023 - USD $ 11.37 Fees covered
- "Durell I know this battle belongs to the Lord!" - Anonymous