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Jo's Journey

Jo's Journey

Personal message

Our son Matthew was just two weeks old when I heard those words “You have cancer”.  It was 4 January 2017, the diagnosis Her2-Positive breast cancer, stage IV with metastases (spread) to the liver.   After two years treatment including chemotherapy, radiation, and ongoing Herceptin, I even enjoyed a status of “No active disease” for a while.  However in May this year, MRI results showed that cancer cells in the liver had grown bigger. 

So I have started chemo again, lost my hair again, I’m getting through and fending off the side effects best I can.

My oncologist has prescribed a treatment plan of chemotherapy (docetaxol), ongoing Herceptin (trastuzumab) with Perjeta (pertuzumab), which according to a clinical trial (Cleopatra) is optimal for treatment and survival of HER2-Positive metastatic breast cancer.

However Perjeta costs over R40,000 per dose!  My medical aid declined the application, and the patient program metastatic patients like myself. 

And while I know that this would optimise my treatment and my chances of survival, I just do not have that kind of money to afford it myself.  

… On the day I received this diagnosis, I turned to my mother “Mum, I have waited so long for Matthew, God would not give him to me, to take me away from him anytime soon!". And yes, there are days when I wonder if I will see him turn three …

But I am not giving up! I need to fulfil that declaration, and your donation however small, will help me do that.  Warmest gratitude!  

POTENTIAL COST OF PERJETA

Initial loading dose: R 82,000
Treatment every three weeks: R 41,000
= R 62,000 per month / R 750,000 per annum 

 

Donations

  • Dec 03, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Our prays are with you. You are such a fighter and have faith you can get through this. Xxx" - Kelly

  • Oct 31, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Our prays are with you. You are such a fighter and have faith you can get through this. Xxx" - Kelly

  • Sep 30, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Our prays are with you. You are such a fighter and have faith you can get through this. Xxx" - Kelly

  • Aug 30, 2019 - USD $ 13.76
  • "The funds come with love" - Pat Grayson

  • Aug 29, 2019 - R 206.00
  • "Our prays are with you. You are such a fighter and have faith you can get through this. Xxx" - Kelly

  • Aug 29, 2019 - USD $ 34.28
  • "You will beat this!" - Michelle

  • Aug 27, 2019 - USD $ 13.78
  • "Huge hugs Jo" - Sandy

  • Aug 25, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Much love" - Elaine

  • Aug 25, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Believe " - Uli & Debbie

  • Aug 23, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Love and light special lady. You can do this! " - Pam

  • Aug 22, 2019 - USD $ 1 228.40
  • "With love and hugs darling Jodie Podie xoxox" - London Mum & Dad

  • Aug 21, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Love you lots Cousin xxxxx" - Love R and C xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Aug 20, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "With hope and prayers xx" - Anonymous

  • Aug 20, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Hi Jo....thinking of you x Keep moving forward one step at a time x" - Anthea

  • Aug 19, 2019 - USD $ 680.04
  • ""You get up again" G I Jo!!!! " - Anonymous

  • Aug 15, 2019 - USD $ 70.70
  • "Sending you love and strength Jo xxx" - Barbara

  • Aug 15, 2019 - USD $ 13.64
  • "Praying for you, keep fighting xxx" - Ashleigh

  • Aug 14, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "Love Makes You Brave TinyTheMighty" - TinyTheMighty

  • Aug 14, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Good luck Jo." - Anon

  • Aug 14, 2019 - USD $ 13.91
  • ".." - Anonymous

  • Aug 12, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Because Matthew deserves his mother" - Catherine

  • Aug 11, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "God bless Jo and little Matthew" - Heidi

  • Aug 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep up the faith" - Liezel

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 308.46
  • "With love Jo." - Sue

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Prayers are with you" - Anonymous

  • Aug 08, 2019 - USD $ 331.85
  • "In our thoughts and prayers xx " - Mike and Hilary

  • Aug 08, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Xx" - Rachel

  • Aug 08, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Praying for you Jo. ????" - Dale & George

  • Aug 07, 2019 - USD $ 331.00
  • "Wishing you all the best Jo xxxx" - Craig and Clare

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "With love xx" - Stacy

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "I came across your story. I don’t know you but I can see that you believe in yourself- that is where the victory starts! " - Anonymous

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Xxx" - Kirsty

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "From one Mum to another. Sending love and strength" - Anon

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "May God bless you and your family always and forever xxx" - Lauren Blaine

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Best wishes for your treatment" - Anon

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Best of luck for your treatment" - Anon

  • Aug 06, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Sending love, prayers and faith. " - Kirsten

  • Aug 06, 2019 - USD $ 35.38
  • "Keep fighting xx" - Mich

  • Aug 04, 2019 - USD $ 73.64
  • "Hoping that this can help xx" - Anonymous

  • Aug 04, 2019 - USD $ 136.04
  • "Love you Jo " - Nikki

  • Aug 04, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Our prays are with you. You are such a fighter and have faith you can get through this. Xxx" - Kelly

  • Aug 04, 2019 - R 3 084.60
  • "From me to you & 1 Angel child to another we need you xx" - Juls & Oliver

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 83 018.52

Fundraising target

R 750 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 19 000.00
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Jo van der Molen Medical Cause

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My name is Jo van der Molen (47).  In January 2017, I was diagnosed with Her2POS breast cancer, with metastases to the liver.  I am on my 2nd round of chemotherapy and my Oncologist would like to put me on another medication as well, which unfortunately my medical aid cannot fully cover.