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Fight for Owen Fundraiser

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By: Candice Hamman

My name is Candice Hamman, I am Owen Blake Jansen Van Vuuren's mom. We currently live in Brakpan Gauteng.

Owen Blake was born a happy healthy baby boy and developed as any normal boy would for the first few years of his life, but sadly that changed very suddenly in mid-January 2020.

One morning Owen woke up and we noticed that his left eye had to start squinting inwards. Concerned that he may be developing a weak eye we took him for eye tests and we were told that he needed glasses. We applied for glasses for him and went on with life awaiting the arrival, which has still not happened.

At the beginning of February, we noticed that Owens balance was affected and we took him to see a different doctor. At the beginning of March, Owens moods became rather bad and he started drooling a lot. We took him to a total of 6 different doctors and all said the same thing, they suspected an open space liaison and that we should get a CT scan done.

We went to a government hospital for 4 weeks in a row attempting to get a CT scan done but every time and no matter what they would give him to sedate him, it had the opposite effect. We even tried sedating him at home and once sedated, putting him into the car and having the hospital on call to be ready for us, but this also did not work.

We were then forced into a national lockdown and cautioned from attending the hospitals because of COVID 19.

Once we went into level 4 of lockdown, we immediately made an appointment at yet another doctor who then gave us a referral letter for the Charlotte Maxeke hospital. The very next day we took Owen in and the staff managed to get the CT scan done. The neurologist on call insisted that Owen be booked in for observation as he suspected a tumour at the base of the brain stem.

Owen was kept at the hospital for 4 days without any visitation from family because of the COVID 19 restrictions. I emailed everyone I could and managed to get him transferred to the Nelson Mandela children's hospital.

At the NMCH they did an MRI scan and diagnosed my little Owen with a rare brain tumour called a DIPG. With a poor prognosis.

The head of neurology sat me down and told me that my only option is radiation, which would only work for a period of time, and then my bearly 4-year-old little boy would die.

Reaching my target will help me get some of the necessary treatment for him that he requires as well as help with obtaining a trial drug that is in its final testing phase from either Germany or the USA called ONC201

We create awareness on DIPG and offer Owen the best possible quality of life that we possibly can.

Provide for Owens everyday needs as well as the transport to and from the hospital when getting treatment

Donations

  • Nov 16, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Bless this little innocent boy" - Anne

  • Oct 24, 2020 - USD $ 32.67
  • "You are in my prayers " - Anonymous

  • Oct 24, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "My prayers are with your family xxx" - Charlotte

  • Oct 23, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Mag jul seuntjie vinnig gesond word!" - ML

  • Oct 23, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for Owen" - Olivia

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "For a special little guy" - Anon

  • Oct 15, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Owen, you a champ son! " - rOHAN

  • Sep 14, 2020 - USD $ 31.57
  • "God Bless this child, may to Lord give healing." - Sharon Sillato

  • Aug 01, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Sterkte...! " - E R

  • Jul 30, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Vir 'n spesiale seuntjie

    " - Rochelle

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Love you buddy" - Rochelle

  • Jul 29, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    May Jesus Christ heal you.

    " - Anonymous

  • Jul 28, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Julle is in ons gebede

    " - Rudi De Wet

  • Jul 28, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Another step closer

    " - Anonymous

  • Jul 25, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Good job guys.keep going" - Jonathan Munckton

  • Jul 23, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Jesus will help you win this fight. Sending love!" - Patsy

  • Jul 23, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "" - C

  • Jul 23, 2020 - USD $ 64.45
  • "Sterkte Owen! Dink aan jou bul." - Piet

  • Jul 23, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    You are in my payers.

    " - Anonymous

  • Jul 23, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Sterkte Owen, bid vir jou.

    " - Piet

  • Jul 23, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Met God is alles moontlik binne sy wil en tot sy eer" - Mossie meisie

  • Jul 22, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "May God make it easy for the family " - Anonymous

  • Jul 22, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "Hoop, glo en vertrou." - Anonymous

  • Jul 21, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Baie sterkte, ek bid vir Owen vir volkome genesing. " - Willemien du Plessis

  • Jul 19, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Ons bid vir Owen. Mag God julle dra. " - Geraldine

  • Jul 19, 2020 - USD $ 368.48
  • "Been where you are with my 5 year old who had 6 weeks to live without drug. I would give more if I could." - Mandi

  • Jul 18, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Mandela Day" - Anonymous

  • Jul 18, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Stay strong. I’m always praying for you. FF02" - Kerry Hughes

  • Jul 17, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you Owen" - Suzanne

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Strengths little man" - ABC

  • Jul 16, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "With Love" - Love

  • Jul 15, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Praying for you all.

    " - Dutch

  • Jul 15, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Praying for a permanent recovery for Owen and many long happy years with his family

    " - G & J Seaward

  • Jul 15, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Keep on fighting" - Maria Tsouroullas

  • Jul 12, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "I pray with All my heart for Owens health " - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for Owen and his family" - Elizabeth

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Praying for Owen. Wishing you all strength! " - Anonymous

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sterkte julle" - Ryno

  • Jul 08, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for Owen and his parents and trusting Jesus for the support and healing they require" - Anonymous

  • Jul 08, 2020 - USD $ 30.87
  • "Wishing you all the love and support for your boy" - Kay

  • Jul 07, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Be strong little man" - Leana Pitout

  • Jul 07, 2020 - R 5 000.00
  • "You are in my prayers" - Candice

  • Jul 07, 2020 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Keep you in our prayers

    " - Nicole

  • Jul 06, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Much love" - Sofia

  • Jul 06, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending healing light - Kira" - Kira

  • Jul 05, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Strength little man " - Thomas

  • Jul 05, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "God bless you and your little man " - Shona Hansen

  • Jul 05, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for you Owen. " - Reece

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "My heart bleeds for you my boy. God bless you" - Anon

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    You are strong, You are fierce. Be brave little man!

    " - Shanchereleiamaryjonocolinzettie

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "To our warrior " - Rochelle Gouws

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "One step at a time" - Anonymous

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "God bless u and ur family Owen" - Chantel

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 50.00
  • "

    Klein mensie, gebede vir jou

    " - Maz

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "God will make a way. Praying for you." - Peter

  • Jun 29, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing Owen strength, love and healing " - Aileen

  • Jun 28, 2020 - USD $ 11.57
  • "In ons gebede" - Johann

  • Jun 27, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Prayer is powerful" - janine

  • Jun 26, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Keep fighting" - Anonymous

  • Jun 26, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "..." - Anonymous

  • Jun 26, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Stay strong we will get there!" - Shanno

  • Jun 25, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "SENDING LOVE AND HUGS" - anonymous

  • Jun 25, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "Strength to the family " - Jackie Katzman

  • Jun 25, 2020 - R 150.00
  • "Praying for you " - Anonymous

  • Jun 25, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Praying for you little champ" - Shannon

  • Jun 24, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "May Allah make it easy and cure this angel... prayers and strength to the family " - Anonymous

  • Jun 23, 2020 - USD $ 30.32
  • "A little from many will help" - Anonymous

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 50.00
  • "God is with you " - Tana Lata

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Donations to date

R 42 859.88

Fundraising target

R 50 000.00
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My name is Candice Hamman, I am Owen Blake Jansen Van Vuuren's mom. We currently live in Brakpan Gauteng.

Owen Blake was born a happy healthy baby boy and developed as any normal boy would for the first few years of his life, but sadly that changed very suddenly in mid-January 2020.

Reaching my target will help me get some of the necessary treatment for him that he requires as well as help with obtaining a trial drug that is in its final testing phase from either Germany or the USA called ONC201.