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We're backing you, Marisa

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My name is Stéfan Louw (46), and I live in Parys, Free State. I am raising funds for my wife, Marisa Louw. 

On 1 August 2019, a tumour measuring 3 cm was removed from Marisa's right breast after it was discovered during a routine mammogram. The histology confirmed that she has a rare and aggressive breast cancer known as Lobular Pleomorphic Carcinoma (LPC) that resulted in a diagnoses of Stage 2 Breast Cancer. According to studies conducted, this form of breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of breast cancers. It typically has a worse prognosis than other breast cancers.

Since her diagnosis, she already had five surgeries. The first was a lumpectomy (removal of the tumour only), followed by a double mastectomy (complete removal of both breast organs) and direct-to-implant reconstruction. She had trouble with wound healing and had to be hospitalised for debridement of the wounds. Shortly after she started chemotherapy, she was hospitalised again for the removal of the implant from her right breast due to infection. And most recently, the insertion of a tissue expander in her right breast to attempt to reconstruct it again.

In March 2020 she completed an exhausting 18-week chemotherapy regime with a drug called Paclitaxel. Her aggressive treatment plan also includes Herceptin (for 18 months until June 2021), Tamoxifen (for the next five to 10 years), and Zoladex (for six months starting in August 2020). Other than her cancer medication, she is also receiving therapy for depression and anxiety. 

Marisa's treatment depleted the oncology benefit offered by our medical aid within the first seven months. We are now liable for 20% of the cost of all her treatment - an amount of roughly R5,000 per month.

So far, your donations helped us to pay about 50% of the cancer-related debt that has built up since August 2019. Besides the monthly cost of her continued treatment, we still have R40,000 outstanding debt. Mostly for diagnostic tests like pathology and radiology, that was conducted before her diagnosis and during her treatment.

Your further donations will help Marisa to fight cancer like the brave warrior she is. We are freelancers (I'm an opera singer, and she is a marketing consultant), and are both working hard to find extra work to afford her treatment. Still, your contributions will mean she can focus on getting better instead of working harder. 

 

All funds raised will be paid over to the various medical professionals as received.

Donations

  • May 20, 2020 - USD $ 51.61
  • "Love you guys " - J3V2

  • May 14, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Dink aan julle

    " - Anonymous

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 28.60
  • "Keep on fighting! You are strong and can do this!!!" - Juanita

  • May 12, 2020 - USD $ 57.21
  • "Wishing you well " - Colin schachat

  • May 08, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sterkte!" - Anoniem

  • May 05, 2020 - R 762.00
  • "

    Al my beste wense vir jou en Stéfan, liewe Marisa.

    " - Eugene J

  • May 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thinking of you both" - Anon

  • Apr 09, 2020 - USD $ 10.55
  • "Take Marisa's cancer away God. Amen." - Olga Burger

  • Apr 02, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sending love" - Lethumusa

  • Mar 20, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Sending you love and keeping you where the light is " - Milo

  • Mar 20, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Sterkte." - Rico

  • Feb 03, 2020 - USD $ 67.02
  • "With much love for you both..." - Stilian Pantelidis

  • Feb 02, 2020 - USD $ 28.20
  • "Happy birthday dear one. Onwards and upwards! xxx" - Renate Kriegler Edwards

  • Jan 31, 2020 - USD $ 21.28
  • "Get well Pretty Marisa and happy birthday. Sending love and strength to you my Tenor and your beautiful wife. " - Goitsemang Lehobye

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Happy birthday x" - Samantha

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Happy birthday Marisa " - Lerato mametse

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "You're one of the strongest women I know. You will beat this. Stay strong my friend." - Candice

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "You brave and wonderful woman! " - Mamokgethi Rea Molopyane

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 205.64
  • "Happy birthday vriendin! Lots of love " - Chantal & Hein

  • Jan 31, 2020 - USD $ 7.13
  • "Lekker verjaar, sterkte!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 205.64
  • ""So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:1" - Shannon Barnard

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 102.82
  • "Baie geluk met jou verjaarsdag, sterkte met die chemo vandag!" - Anonymous

  • Jan 31, 2020 - USD $ 13.56
  • "Happy birthday! " - Anette Nel

  • Jan 31, 2020 - R 508.75
  • "Ek bid vir volkome heling. " - Marli

  • Jan 27, 2020 - R 514.10
  • "Gebede, beterskap en liefde! " - Nella

  • Jan 27, 2020 - R 101.75
  • "Ek weet dis nie baie nie. Maar ek hoop dit help " - Bianca

  • Jan 27, 2020 - USD $ 73.20
  • "Wishing you a full and speedy recovery " - Colin Schachat

  • Jan 18, 2020 - USD $ 21.04
  • "Sending wishes for a quick and full recovery :)" - Gordon Fong

  • Dec 15, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Love your positive attitude to life! ??????" - Gwen from the UK

  • Nov 27, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Baie sterkte en beste wense vir volkome remissie. " - Marita

  • Nov 25, 2019 - USD $ 33.98
  • "Beterskap en sterkte" - Nanette Tredoux

  • Nov 25, 2019 - USD $ 21.07
  • "Wishing you quick recovery my friend ~ Sending love and many blessings in this trying chapter. I hope that we all can give a little to help towards your bills. Much love, Zana " - Zana

  • Nov 25, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "STERKTE DINK AAN JULLE" - Ewan Ramann

  • Nov 24, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Rooting for you both x " - Jeremy S

  • Nov 22, 2019 - R 1 500.00
  • "

    May u get well soon to live a good life with ur family

    " - Anonymous

  • Nov 17, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Best wishes for an effective treatment and speedy recovery" - Anonymous

  • Nov 10, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "Keep fighting!!!" - Juanita du Plessis

  • Nov 09, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Thinking of you????" - Janine Boucher

  • Nov 09, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "With love." - Laura Andreini

  • Nov 04, 2019 - R 101.50
  • "La illah Allah ilahha" - Tonya Khoury

  • Nov 04, 2019 - USD $ 71.54
  • "Thinking of you M. You’re going to beat this thing!!" - Luisa

  • Nov 04, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sterkte, vriende." - Bruce Dennill

  • Nov 04, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Sterkte" - Anonymous

  • Nov 03, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Sterkte ????" - Corlia

  • Oct 25, 2019 - USD $ 210.40
  • "Much love and trust your doctors" - Forti

  • Oct 22, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "We got you!" - Samantha Perry

  • Oct 21, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "All the best Marisa. We are holding thumbs! " - Willem de Bruine

  • Oct 18, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Tonne liefde, genesing, krag, geloof en genade vir elke dag vir julle altwee. Dink aan julle! " - Tronel Hellberg

  • Oct 17, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Strength to you both.You are in our thoughts." - Lawrence and Linda

  • Oct 17, 2019 - USD $ 354.52
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery. Sending our love. " - Elizabeth

  • Oct 16, 2019 - USD $ 13.43
  • "Met God is niks onmoontlik nie." - Ingrid van Coppenhagen

  • Oct 15, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Word gou heeltemal gesond" - Antoon & Christa Frost

  • Oct 13, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "Ons is hier vir julle! Ons stuur al ons positiewe energie uit na jou toe eM <3" - RastaZombie & DizzyZombie

  • Oct 13, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Elke bietjie help, julle is in ons gebede" - Jonathan W

  • Oct 11, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "You are a Warrior Woman!" - Janine Lazarud

  • Oct 11, 2019 - USD $ 34.72
  • "god blessing you..." - Stilianos Pantelidis

  • Oct 11, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Liefde" - JP, Carina and Xe'nedra

  • Oct 11, 2019 - USD $ 26.63
  • "Sterkte. Ek bid vir jou!" - Anonymous

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Blessings to you both during this period of healing!" - Susan

  • Oct 10, 2019 - USD $ 64.05
  • "My prayers are with you" - Jessica Thompson

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Good luck! Hope you beat this xx" - Anonymous

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 2 010.00
  • "Marisa...ons dink aan jou ! Keep fighting " - Hettie & Yvette Parys

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Kom ons fight hierdie ding saam. Baie sterkte en voorspoed. Peter" - Peter

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 2 030.00
  • "Here’s a little something to help a women who helped build our brand. Our prayers and love to you M and strength to your great husband" - Cheri Yase Kasi

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 203.00
  • "Baie sterkte! Mag jy volkome genees??" - Anonymous

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 359.87
  • "Sending love and healing you have got this x " - Simone

  • Oct 10, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Always thinking of you eM xxx" - Anonymous

  • Oct 09, 2019 - USD $ 63.87
  • "I beat my cancer wish you the same good fortune " - Noel

  • Oct 09, 2019 - USD $ 86.14
  • "A little something to help you get better" - Metodej

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 1 015.00
  • "Net die beste wense vir 'n spoedige herstel, liewe Marisa. " - EJ

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 710.50
  • "Baie Sterkte" - Morne du Plessis

  • Oct 09, 2019 - USD $ 32.74
  • "Buurvrou Jr. Nagtegaal. Word gou gesond " - Anette

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 507.50
  • "You can beat this" - Wesleys Parys

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Strongs girl" - Nancy & Jaque

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 257.05
  • "<3 Love you eM" - M

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 100.00
  • "Thinking and praying for you." - Anonymous

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Lief jou vriendin xxx" - Chantal

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "?" - Anonymous

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending love and light." - Renette

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Wishing you NED! xoxox" - A pink sister

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Lief vir jou tjomma" - Arc

  • Oct 09, 2019 - USD $ 64.18
  • "My bestie you are always in my thoughts." - Bron

  • Oct 09, 2019 - R 154.23
  • "It's a start!" - Anonymous

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Donations to date

R 57 663.76

Fundraising target

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Marisa Louw Cancer Cause

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Marisa Louw has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive breast cancer known as lobular pleomorphic carcinoma. Her husband, Stefan, is raising funds to cover her medical costs that the medical aid will not cover.