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Please help Glenn walk again

Please help Glenn walk again

Funds Raised:
R 73 771
Fundraising Target:
R 4 000
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Imagine being a strong, healthy man of 82 kg, earning a handsome income as an accomplished home renovator, and the next instant you're 39 kg, unable to walk, and your university-educated, upper-middle-class wife is forced to beg on the streets to make ends meet.

This is what happened to Glenn (65), an ex-army captain and self-made man, and his entrepreneur wife Kyleigh (58), at various times coffee shop owner, restorer, and online purveyor of antiques and collectibles, and rehabilitator of small wild animals.

When Covid struck in 2020, their income stream dried up overnight. By February 2021, their savings were exhausted, and they could no longer pay their rent. With no friends or family in a position to assist them, they were forced to put their belongings in storage and became homeless.

For five months, they lived on the street before they found a room in a homeless shelter in Fish Hoek, a suburb of Cape Town. Things started looking up when Glenn got a job through the government's Expanded Public Works Programme in June 2022 to restore Fish Hoek's Garden of Remembrance.

But one month later, the second disaster struck.

At the beginning of August 2022, Glenn became very ill. Three times he went to hospital, and three times he was sent back with a diagnosis of constipation. After much suffering and shunting between hospitals, he ended up in Groote Schuur, where he was at last correctly diagnosed as suffering from a heart aneurysm.

He was immediately operated on, but the stent that was put in turned septic, which necessitated a heart bypass. Numerous post-op complications set in, like disorientation and kidney and urinary tract infections, which caused Glenn to lie in the fetal position for five months while being tube-fed.

Then the third, life-altering disaster was visited upon Glenn.

Glenn did not receive the required post-op physiotherapy, resulting in his legs locking in a 90° angle. After five months, Glenn was discharged while not yet fully recovered. He walked into the hospital weighing 82 kg and left in a wheelchair weighing 39 kg. He is now completely bedridden and helpless. He needs to take morphine four times a day, as he hasn't had a single pain-free moment since September 2022.

To top it all, when Glenn was released from the hospital, he and Kyleigh couldn't go back to the shelter as their insurance didn't cover Glenn's condition. Fortunately, upon learning of their plight, Kyleigh's brother agreed to pay the rent on a bachelor apartment in Fish Hoek.

A few kind-hearted individuals helped them with some basic furniture and cooking utensils, as everything they had in storage was sold off by the storage company to defray months of unpaid rental charges. The only income they now have is Glenn's R2,080 old-age grant from the government, which is not even a third of the amount needed to cover their most basic needs. As Glenn cannot cope on his own for more than two hours, Kyleigh can't even consider half-day employment.

The only way to supplement their income is for Kyleigh to beg at the traffic lights at a major intersection in Fish Hoek. On a good day, she goes home with R100 in her pocket, which barely covers her transport cost and electricity for the day, let alone nutritious food.

The good news is, Glenn's condition can be reversed through a series of (very costly) operations. Whilst hoping and praying for some angel, be it celestial or earthly, to finance these operations, Glenn and Kyleigh are meanwhile slowly but surely starving to death due to a lack of proper nutrition. The target for their physical survival is a mere R4,000 a month. Should you have only R50 to spare, please do not hesitate to donate it; even the smallest amount of money will make a difference.  

Thank you for your kind attention. 

 

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  • Dec 03, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "I applaud your courage" - Anonymous

  • Nov 27, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
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  • Nov 25, 2023 - USD $ 28.75 Fees covered
  • "Get better soon... onwards and upwards" - Anonymous

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  • "I wish you only the best" - Anonymous

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  • Nov 22, 2023 - USD $ 29.00 Fees covered
  • "Praying for you both and trusting God to bless you and protect you as you look to Him who is able to do exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine" - Sharon

  • Nov 22, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Kyleigh, your graciousness in adversity is an inspiration. May God make your paths straight." - Anonymous

  • Nov 22, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Praying for you both, Kyleigh and Glenn. Be still and know that He is God. Psalm 46:10" - Anonymous

  • Nov 21, 2023 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for you both." - Anonymous

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  • Nov 21, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you both." - Anonymous

  • Nov 21, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
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  • Nov 21, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Praying for your full recovery" - Anonymous

  • Nov 20, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Our thoughts and prayers go out to you." - Anonymous

  • Nov 20, 2023 - USD $ 58.90 Fees covered
  • "I’m sending so much love I can’t even begin to imagine how hard this time has been. Wishing your husband a full recovery." - Megan

  • Nov 20, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
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  • "Praying for healing for Glenn" - Anonymous

  • Nov 20, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Your story is heartbreaking, I hope you manage to turn things around." - Samuel P

  • Nov 20, 2023 - R 5 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Sending you lots of strength Glenn & Kyleigh! 💪" - Blue Door Coffee and Blue Kiwi Conscious Eatery

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  • "Sending you both lots of love" - Anonymous

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  • Nov 19, 2023 - USD $ 29.45 Fees covered
  • "May your love carry one another through the tough times as it already has done so and may blessings come your way." - Chloe

  • Nov 19, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "May you be blessed 😇 with healing ❤️‍🩹" - Anonymous

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  • "❤️" - Anonymous

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  • Nov 18, 2023 - USD $ 21.61 Fees covered
  • "" - Jane

  • Nov 18, 2023 - R 450.00 Fees covered
  • "wishing you a full recovery" - Anonymous

  • Nov 18, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Your story inspires those who hear it. I hope Glenn gets the treatment he needs." - Anonymous

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  • Nov 18, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Sending love and strength 💪 ❤️" - Anonymous

  • Nov 18, 2023 - R 5 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Respect for the humility, courage and tenacity you’ve shown in the face of adversity." - Anonymous

  • Nov 18, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "On the basis that every little bit counts, I wish you both courage, good fortune and, for Glenn, recovery." - Anonymous

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  • "Sending you the best energy i can even though I don't know you." - Anonymous

  • Nov 18, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Hope you can make a full recovery Glen and walk again" - Anonymous

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  • "Wishing you both all the very best" - Anonymous

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  • "I pray that God turns your lives around, that you will have good health, purpose, peace and that, Going forward, God will provide all your needs according to His riches in glory." - Anonymous

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  • "For though I fall, I will rise again" - Anonymous

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  • Nov 17, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Praying for your full recovery and for circumstances to turn around for you." - Anonymous

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  • Nov 17, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Life is a bitch - you will recover" - Anonymous

  • Nov 17, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "God bless you both and may Glenn be up and about again soon." - Anonymous

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  • Nov 17, 2023 - USD $ 11.75 Fees covered
  • "God bless you both." - Anonymous

  • Nov 17, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Strength to you both" - Anonymous

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  • "Hope life gets better!" - Tai Chess

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  • "I’m sorry life has thrown you these curve balls. We are all there to support you ❣️" - Anonymous

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  • "Hope things turn around for you both." - Ali and Andy

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  • "Keep shining 💫" - Leigh

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "May you see God's amazing grace and love." - Anonymous

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "I wish healing and miracles for you both and an end to your suffering. God Bless xx" - Anonymous

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  • "There is always hope. Lots of ❤️" - Anonymous

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  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Times are hard well done for trying moving forward each and every day xx" - Anonymous

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you all the best x" - Anonymous

  • Nov 16, 2023 - USD $ 59.40 Fees covered
  • "Hope you get well and things start to get better for you both" - Anonymous

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  • "Strength ♥️" - Anonymous

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
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  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 1 000.00 Fees covered
  • "I really hope this will help a little to get them back on their feet" - Anonymous

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 100.00
  • "I never knew this was the situation so happy to help even a little" - Michelle Diender

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "All the best, one day at a time." - Anonymous

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 5 000.00 Fees covered
  • "Hang in there—no storm lasts forever. With love from 8 Degrees South" - 8 Degrees South Family

  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
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  • Nov 16, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
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  • "You've got this. We've got you." - Kim Bettridge-Attlee

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  • "Hope for the future" - Anonymous

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  • "I wish you well on your recovery Glen." - Anonymous

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  • "Sending you both much love and light 🌺" - Trish

  • Nov 16, 2023 - USD $ 8.91 Fees covered
  • "God bless you. We care 🙏" - Anonymous

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  • Oct 30, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
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R 4 000.00

Donations to date

R 73 771.07

Funds raised offline

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Glenn, a once-healthy, successful man, and his wife Kyleigh faced a series of devastating challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic caused their income to vanish, leading to homelessness. Glenn's health deteriorated rapidly, with misdiagnoses and complications after a heart operation, leaving him bedridden and in pain. Glenn's condition can be reversed through costly operations. Whilst praying for the means to afford these operations they need financial support for basic survival. Glenn’s old age grant and Kyleigh’s earnings from begging at an intersection covers only a third of what they need to survive physically. The target for their survival is a modest R4,000 a month.