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Be part of Marelize's journey in conquering Cancer

Be part of Marelize's journey in conquering Cancer

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Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I met Marelize de Rooy (nee van Jaarsveld) 16 years ago. I was instantly drawn to her positive energy, humor, confidence, and lust for life, and a very special friendship ensued, Bantry Bay, Western Cape.

Marelize is 52 years old and lives in Simon's Town in the Western Cape. She grew up on Robben Island where both her parents were teachers, and she is a dedicated mother to two biological children and three foster children.

Towards the end of 2009 at the age of 40, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and in December of that year, she had a mastectomy (left breast) and in January 2010 her first round of radiation. In addition to this, the balloon used to stretch the skin in order to build the breast and accommodate the implant popped open and had to be redone using skin from her back.

Over time, cancer has spread to her lymph nodes where seven lymph nodes had to be removed from her neck and 24 from her left arm. Cancer has now also spread to her bones, specifically the thoracic and lumbar vertebrae in her spine. The lymph nodes are also pressing against vital nerves in her neck making it difficult for her to breathe and eat and she has been advised to undergo another round of radiation.

I am raising these funds because Marelize is already in her 12th year of stage 4 cancer and with no medical aid, this has taken a huge toll on her financially. The funds would dramatically ease her stress and ensure that she gets the quality service she so desperately needs. The funds will be paid into the relevant Doctors' accounts for scans, blood tests, radiation, chemo, and pills, etc. Marelize has opened a separate bank account and will provide proof, on an ongoing basis, as to how the funds are allocated.

As an educator, Marelize speaks openly with children and adults alike about her cancer journey. Her aim is to take the fear out of the word 'cancer' with her unapologetic humor and fearlessness, she is someone who does not see cancer as a death sentence but rather as an annoying inconvenience. Her steadfastness in this quest and her empathy and understanding has led her to counsel and literally talk to others in the same situation 'off the ledge.'

Marelize is a fighter with a die-hard, kick-ass attitude and I know she will never give up fighting. I see her as a positive, inspirational woman who believes in herself and her abilities and strives to lift the downtrodden and make a significant difference in the lives of others. She is the toughest most courageous woman I know or have ever known. She depends on no one and lives life to the fullest.

Marelize needs us, your support is crucial to this campaign, and we thank you in advance for your contribution.

Kind regards

Elizabeth von Hollstein

Donations

  • Dec 06, 2021 - R 800.00
  • "

    To:- My guardian angel

    " - Ann

  • Nov 29, 2021 - R 2 644.00
  • "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope” " - Marc & Elizabeth

  • Nov 23, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "You are an inspiration. God bless you." - Beverley Marchant

  • Nov 12, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending you love and prayers of healing Marelize" - Moira Harding

  • Nov 09, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "Beat this bastard girl! I did. You can too." - Melanie Coetzee

  • Nov 04, 2021 - R 800.00
  • "You are my Guardian Angel and for now I am going to be yours" - Ann

  • Nov 03, 2021 - USD $ 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you the best" - Anonymous

  • Nov 01, 2021 - USD $ 74.03
  • "with the best wishes of recovery!" - Rada

  • Oct 30, 2021 - USD $ 26.23
  • "Stay as positive as you are. Loads of love" - Lara T

  • Oct 29, 2021 - USD $ 163.09
  • "Our thoughts are with you. Thomas and Coline" - Coline Dirkse

  • Oct 29, 2021 - USD $ 69.03
  • "Our love and hugs across the miles. Sterkte!" - Andy and Claire Tyler

  • Oct 29, 2021 - USD $ 81.35
  • "With all our support from Canada -Dale, Marc, and Elle" - Dale Dirkse

  • Oct 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Stay strong" - STG

  • Oct 25, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "

    Thinking of you

    " - Anonymous

  • Oct 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Ek onthou hoe mooi Marelize gesing het in die bus in Hoërskool

    " - Letsie du Plessis

  • Oct 24, 2021 - USD $ 67.34
  • "Praying for you" - Anne dennett

  • Oct 23, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Marelize you are a legend. Love you girl " - Morag

  • Oct 22, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Hoping for healing " - A. Becker

  • Oct 22, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "From a fellow cancer warrior to another. Thank you for the inspiration. God bless you! " - Nicklin Nicola

  • Oct 22, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Your strength and positive energy is inspiring " - Tracy London

  • Oct 22, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "You’ve got this, M. We are all behind you x" - Chelsea Harvey

  • Oct 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep fighting, beautiful inspirational woman… you’ve made a difference in many lives. Vivienne has wonderful memories of her time in your grade R class xx" - Wills Deidre

  • Oct 21, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "MARELIZE, JY IS 'N STUNNING & POSITIEWE ROLMODEL! HOU SO AAN!" - THEUNIS

  • Oct 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sterkte Marelize. Keep on fighting. " - Anonymous

  • Oct 21, 2021 - USD $ 138.90
  • "You gave our girls (and me) so much, hoping this little gives back some. Thinking of you and sending love xxx" - The Rockliffe-Fidlers

  • Oct 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Liefste Marelize, ek glo en vertrou my klein druppeltjie sal help.

    " - Wilinda Hanekom

  • Oct 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep smiling, keep shining, Marelize " - Kay

  • Oct 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for you Maralize" - Tania Michelle Koeries

  • Oct 21, 2021 - USD $ 103.32
  • "You are a friggin warrior of a woman, much love Kat " - Kat

  • Oct 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep staying positive. " - Brasso

  • Oct 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "A true inspiration " - Sarah Slabber

  • Oct 19, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope” " - Marc & Elizabeth

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Donations to date

R 45 773.52

Fundraising target

R 100 000.00
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Marelize de Rooy Medical Cause

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Marelize is 52 years old and lives in Simon's Town in the Western Cape. She grew up on Robben Island where both her parents were teachers, and she is a dedicated mother to two biological children and three foster children, Bantry Bay, Western Cape.

Towards the end of 2009 at the age of 40, she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and in December of that year, she had a mastectomy (left breast) and in January 2010 her first round of radiation. 

I am raising these funds because Marelize is already in her 12th year of stage 4 cancer and with no medical aid, this has taken a huge toll on her financially. 

The funds will be paid into the relevant Doctors' accounts for scans, blood tests, radiation, chemo, and pills, etc.