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Help a Guy

Help a Guy

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Xander Wentzel, is a homouristic young man with a passion for sport and the outdoors. We've had the privileged of sharing many great adventures with him throughout our lives.

We love him dearly and have immense respect for him and his family. His family are also expecting a baby girl in June 2018.

I was therefore concerned that, over the last three years, he has been suffering from severe pain in his neck and frequent excruciating headaches.

Since then, he has done everything in his power to try and figure out why he is in such constant pain and discomfort. 

Xander went for MRI scans of his neck, physiotherapy, acupuncture, dry needling and several non-invasive procedures (all of which he mostly paid from using his own funds, as his medical aid funds ran out quite quickly).

He visited countless doctors, specialists, homeopaths and physiotherapists over the last few years, but nobody could seem to figure out what the route cause was for his condition.

Near the end of 2017, he could not continue with the pain and discomfort and consulted a Neurologist in Krugersdorp who requested a to do a Brain MRI.

The result of the scan indicated that he had a very large tumour on his pituitary gland in his brain. According to the neurosurgeon, this had probably been developing over the last 6 years.

Since the pituitary gland is the major regulator of hormones in the body, the effects of the tumour on this gland is extensive. Your hormones regulate everything in your body, such the way we grow, process our food, control blood sugar levels, deal with stress, reproduce, etc.

At the time of diagnosis, Xander's growth hormone levels were 25.8, where the acceptable range is lower than 5.6. His IGF-1 levels were 650, where the acceptable range is 74-249.   Consequently, his body has been growing at an alarming rate, which means that vital organs such as the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys as well as his skeletal structure, are all expanding at an abnormal rate.

Abnormal hormone levels also cause headaches, vision problems, tiredness, nausea and mood changes. His condition is therefore quite serious, as these effects can have life-threatening consequences.

In December 2017 Xander received brain surgery (Transsphenoidal) at Wilgeheuwel Hospital in Johannesburg, in an attempt to remove the tumour. Immediately after being released from hospital, the initial tests indicated that his hormone levels were decreasing.

However, Xander has recently been back for further tests and scans and it is now clear that the surgery was not successful. His tumour has started growing again and his hormone levels are already alarmingly high, even higher than prior to the surgery. 

Brain surgery cannot be undertaken again, so the only option Xander now has is to try and attack the tumour through drug therapy which is almost similar to chemotherapy. 

The treatment is extremely expensive and however he has managed to register for the Oncology benefit on his medical aid this will not cover all expenses such as tests and treatments.

Xander will have to do a multitude of tests and scans every month, to monitor his progress. It is also quite likely that the therapy will cause additional symptoms which Xander will have to treat (nausea, fatigue, diabetes, etc.). There is also a high possibility that he will require additional procedures to be done due to the impact of the tumour on his body and treatments he has to undertake.

All of these medical costs add up, and it will be a huge financial burden for Xander and his family to carry on their own.

We therefore implore you, from the bottom of my heart, to contribute to his cause. Every single amount donated, no matter how small it might seem, means that Xander has to carry a little less weight on his shoulders.

We have enormous respect for the fight he's been putting in and he has mostly done this on his own thus far. But now, he is going to need all the help he can get.

We thank you for reading this pledge and I most sincerely thank you should you choose to support Xander in this cause.

-Brothers and Family

 

 

Donations

  • Aug 11, 2018 - USD $ 34.07
  • "Our thoughts and prayers with you, roomie!" - Mayela and Jean Michel Cherfils

  • Jun 28, 2018 - R 3 290.24
  • "Dink aan jul." - Anonymous

  • May 28, 2018 - R 1 500.00
  • "Baie sterte. Ons dink aan jou en weet dit sal goed gaan" - R & E

  • May 14, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sterkte, dink aan julle x" - Jason & Cristi

  • May 07, 2018 - R 2 510.00
  • "Voorspoed en sterkte aan jou, Mallory en kinders. Hoop om julle by te staan tot hierdie geveg gewen is" - anonymous

  • May 05, 2018 - USD $ 21.02
  • "Baie sterkte aan julle. " - Yolandi

  • May 03, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "So sorry to hear Xander. Best of luck with the treatment. " - Monica Jooste

  • May 02, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Xander! Baie Sterkte Buddy! Ons dink aan jou. Fight en bly sterk!!" - Barrie Eksteen

  • Apr 30, 2018 - R 1 150.00
  • "Ons vertrou vir volkome genesing" - Nicolene

  • Apr 28, 2018 - R 1 542.30
  • "Baie sterte. Ons dink aan jou en weet dit sal goed gaan" - ElbĂ© & Ruan

  • Apr 27, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "You got this ! You're strong ! " - Stephanie Leypold

  • Apr 27, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Fight!" - Natalie

  • Apr 26, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Baie Sterkte!!" - W & V Swanepoel

  • Apr 25, 2018 - USD $ 41.06
  • "Wishing you all the Best!" - Charles E

  • Apr 24, 2018 - USD $ 64.40
  • "Stay strong and get well soon! Greetings from Germany, Irina" - Irina

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "God has a purpose for you. " - C

  • Apr 23, 2018 - USD $ 43.53
  • "Sterkte Xander en gesin. Dink aan julle almal! (Dis Stephan se familie.) " - Delport family

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 1 010.00
  • "Wishing you all the best! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 210.00
  • "Get better soon!" - Lindsay

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Sterkte my maat! " - Anonymous

  • Apr 23, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "My hart is met julle!" - Miranda

  • Apr 22, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Wishing you a full recovery Xander! " - Cay

  • Apr 21, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Vasbyt, Xander! Bid vir julle" - Anonymous

  • Apr 21, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "God bless" - Kirsten

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying for a successful treatment " - Lenita Crosato

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 300.00
  • "Thinking of you & your family Xander." - Trudy

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Alle voorspoed Mot, ons glo alles sal reg uitwerk!" - Groot Piet

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "sterkte Xander!" - anonymous

  • Apr 20, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Praying for a speedy recovery Xander - keep the faith!!!" - Oriel Meth

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "Stay strong" - Anonomous

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Sterkte Xander! Dink aan julle. Julle is in my gebede." - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2018 - USD $ 105.16
  • "Wish you and your family all the strength in the world. " - Ronny

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Hope this goes a long way to your recovery." - Michael Ritchie-Robinson

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 1 229.41
  • "Sending healing prayers to you :)" - Arlette

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Be strong Xander, praying for your healing." - Caro

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Staan sterk op Sy genade! Ons bid saam met julle!" - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 51.41
  • "you have an appointment with life - we are fighting with you and for you when you can't. " - Anonymous

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 102.82
  • "Hope this will help a little." - Riette Jonker

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 50.00
  • "Hi Buddy.. sterk wees..." - Christelle

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck, hope you get better soon" - Mariane Coertz

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Ons bid saam!" - Thomas&Erna;

  • Apr 19, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "God can move mountains" - Anonymous

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Jy is in ons gebede Xander xx" - Anon

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 2 056.40
  • "Have Faith" - Keep Faith

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Dink aan jou en jou gesin! " - Arno & Mary-Ann

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Ons bid saam julle. Sterkte" - Jannie

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Ons dra jul in ons gedagtes.." - Anonymous

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte, ons hoop vir 'n spoedige herstel" - Rehan Krige

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Baie sterkte" - Eben en Mattie Truter

  • Apr 18, 2018 - USD $ 43.88
  • "Sending love and support from your Disney family!" - Stu

  • Apr 18, 2018 - USD $ 83.43
  • "Sterkte dude eks seker alles sal uitwerk" - Rias

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 200.00
  • "Al die beste Xander - dis 'n "fight" wat niemand verdien of moet baklei nie." - Anoniem

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 610.00
  • "Praying that this time it works Xander. " - Astrid Botha

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 510.00
  • "Baie sterkte vir julle xx" - Carien en Riaan Coetzee

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 500.00
  • "With Gods help you will make it, much love! All the best" - Boyd Sithole

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 5 010.00
  • "Julle is in ons gebede Mallory, Xander, Milan en Lisa. Baie liefde vir julle 4" - Romans 15:13

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 310.00
  • "Sterkte!!! :-) " - Anonymous

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Ek dink aan jou Mot. Laat weet as jy enige iets nodig het." - Rooi Willie

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 1 028.20
  • "Praying for you and your family!" - GFBS

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 514.10
  • "Thinking of you." - K&W

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 205.64
  • "All the best buddy!!! " - Michael

  • Apr 18, 2018 - R 308.46
  • "Saying a prayer for you" - Old friend

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Xander needs to receive treatment and undergo various tests and procedures to assist in curing his tumour and the effects.