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Joshie's Journey

Joshie's Journey

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On the 16th of January 2019, one of my closest friends, Sara Ellis, and her family’s life changed forever. Josh was just shy of 6 months old when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Hirshsprungs https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/hirschsprungs-disease/

Long story short this tiny little human has had to endure more doctor, ICU, and surgery visits in his few months on earth than most should have to in a life time, all topped off with an ileostomy bag at the tender age of 7 months. Sara and Shane work and live in Zimbabwe, and as most of us are aware, financially it is not in the best of shape. In order to keep him stable for long enough that they can hopefully reverse Joshies ileostomy surgery, and ensure he has a chance at a relatively normal childhood and life, Sara has had no choice but to stay in RSA with him for at least 6 months, whilst Shane, and their 3 year old Ivan, stay back at home in Zim.

The whole situation is tough enough on its own. And while their medical aid has been amazing so far, they are now struggling to get Joshies next surgery covered. Hirschsprungs is a life long journey, and the road is still long, and with the rental of a place for them to live while they are in RSA, life’s general expenses, and the tons of medical bills, it's going to be a tough one, not just emotionally, but financially too. 

My hope is that if we can all contribute even just a little bit, we can help Sara and Shane and their family, to stress a little less about the financial aspect of this journey that they are on.

If you would like to read a bit more of a detailed description of their journey, Sara has a blog you can follow : https://findingmytoes.home.blog/

*Where possible, funds will be paid directly to the various medical establishments and the landlord of the apartment where Joshie's parents are staying*

Donations

  • Aug 04, 2019 - USD $ 213.43
  • "Happy Birthday Josh!" - Leif and Emma

  • Aug 04, 2019 - USD $ 420.80
  • "Kia kaha, keep strong. God Bless this family!" - Old Valian

  • Aug 01, 2019 - USD $ 37.15
  • "Praying for you Joshie and Se xx" - Anonymous

  • Jul 31, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "God bless " - Jess collyer

  • Jul 29, 2019 - USD $ 72.72
  • "Thinking of you all xxx" - Briony

  • Jun 06, 2019 - USD $ 201.73
  • "Keep it up buddy and thanks for the million lessons xxx" - Argentina!

  • May 30, 2019 - USD $ 35.89
  • "Sending love to you all, and a quick recovery for Joshie x" - Anonymous

  • May 18, 2019 - USD $ 210.40
  • "Xxx" - Em & Si

  • May 17, 2019 - USD $ 256.73
  • "So proud of how well you’re coping. Send all our well wishes for little Joshie xx" - Greg, Tanya, Millie and Bump

  • May 16, 2019 - USD $ 37.00
  • "Thinking of you all xx" - Anonymous

  • May 16, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "Thinking of you all, especially little Josh. Hoping all goes well! Lots of love xxx" - Karl & Kat Hundermark

  • May 13, 2019 - USD $ 1 055.31
  • "Praying for this precious family." - Anonymous

  • May 13, 2019 - R 15 000.00
  • "For Joshie, Sara and Shane with love and all best wishes for this journey" - Anonymous

  • May 12, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Thinking of you and the little guy. " - Em and Nick

  • May 12, 2019 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Thinking about you all so much. Joshie is a real trooper! xxx" - Natalie and Ewan

  • May 11, 2019 - USD $ 70.62
  • "Hope it helps. Get well soon Joshie" - Diana matanda

  • May 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "To our amazing little Josh may you continue to bless us all. " - Anonymous.

  • May 10, 2019 - USD $ 192.69
  • "Fighting in your corner Joshie x" - Nicola, Dave, Jacob and Daniel

  • May 10, 2019 - USD $ 146.68
  • "Praying for you" - Pete & Judy

  • May 10, 2019 - R 5 010.00
  • "This is with our love and best wishes" - Macdonalds

  • May 10, 2019 - R 3 000.00
  • "all the best for Joshies next op" - anonymous

  • May 10, 2019 - R 710.00
  • "Sending love and light " - The Liebenbergs

  • May 10, 2019 - USD $ 65.10
  • "Good luck Joshie, hoping for a speedy recovery." - Minky, John and Chris

  • May 10, 2019 - USD $ 104.87
  • "Wish we were there to squeeze all 4 of you! Love from Mark & Melissa" - Mark & Melissa Rickard

  • May 09, 2019 - USD $ 182.73
  • "Thoughts and prays for your family " - Gavin and Carey-Ann Edwards

  • May 09, 2019 - R 60.00
  • "Good luck little guy! Keep fighting!" - Anonymous

  • May 09, 2019 - R 210.00
  • "Thinking of you all xx" - Catrina

  • May 09, 2019 - USD $ 102.33
  • "Prayers!" - Kim

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 72.87
  • "Hope this helps." - Anonymous

  • May 08, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Darling Joshie you're such a champ! Love you xx" - Di

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 340.53
  • "Praying......... Anonymous" - Praying......... Anonymous

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 34.64
  • "Loves to you special family. Hope to see you all home soon x" - Pebbles and Rich

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 145.74
  • "Thinking of you all" - Casey

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 129.52
  • "Good luck Joshua. Keep fighting big man. All our love and prayers to all" - Alec and Hayley

  • May 08, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending so much love and prayers to you all, you've got this Joshie! xxx" - Jules

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 108.82
  • "Sterkte" - Robertson Senior

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 13.85
  • "With love" - Alan clemence

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 692.72
  • "Praying for you josh and family ????" - Jason & Kelly

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 7.33
  • "Wish you all the best" - Richard

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 54.54
  • "Xx" - Aoife

  • May 08, 2019 - R 5 075.00
  • "Be strong little Joshie, we are all here for you and your family. xxxx" - Rose and Paul

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 68.14
  • "Hoping that every little helps x " - Clifford Family

  • May 08, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Get better soon Joshie! xxx" - Katey & Taylor Haiden

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 255.06
  • "Good luck Joshie, with love from Tinx and Cyril" - Tinx and Cyril

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 130.45
  • "Sending you love, light and strength on this challenging journey. Good luck Joshie ????" - Brendan and Duncan

  • May 08, 2019 - R 355.25
  • "Sending love and light " - Kristin

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 36.44
  • "Good luck Joshie!" - bruce annandale

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 184.39
  • "Keep grinning Josh, you're a superhero oxoxo" - Anonymous

  • May 08, 2019 - USD $ 1 052.00
  • "You can do this buddy! We love you x x " - Josh, Jax, Harry Stanton

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 36.78
  • "best wishes x" - Paula

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 145.33
  • "Precious Joshie xxxx speedy recovery????????????????" - Haiden family

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 145.33
  • "Keep on fighting " - Sharon and Grant, Botswana

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 261.06
  • "Hugs and love to you all" - Anon

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 50.86
  • "Love you!" - Leif and Emma

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 3.45
  • "All the best " - Nicola

  • May 07, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Keep going" - Mark, Nel & miss P

  • May 07, 2019 - R 50.75
  • "Good luck guys " - Anonymous

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 65.26
  • "Keeping you all in our thoughts xx" - Murrays

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 36.34
  • "Thinking of you all. " - Lindy Botha

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 72.67
  • "Xx" - Eoin

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 21.80
  • "Good Luck Joshie!" - David

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 183.95
  • "Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers " - Kimberly Kerr

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 52.60
  • "Good luck with Joshies last operation and love to you guys. AJ and Jess " - AJ and Jess

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 31.51
  • "Get well soon lil trooper!!" - Ann Cheesman

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 72.67
  • "Sending lots of love xxx " - Byron, Kylie, Nathan and Theo

  • May 07, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Sending so much love to you and Shane! You will get through this all. " - Gabi and Kyle

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 19.95
  • "Praying hard for you and your Mummy and Daddy, Joshie" - Anonymous

  • May 07, 2019 - USD $ 3.99
  • "Praying for little shinso!" - Anonymous

  • May 07, 2019 - R 3 084.60
  • "For Joshie xx" - Emma

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On the 16th of January 2019, one of my closest friends, Sara Ellis, and her family’s life changed forever. Josh was just shy of 6 months old when he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Hirshsprungs.