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Team Sarah - Leukemia Fund

Team Sarah - Leukemia Fund

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On 15th April 2019, our gorgeous niece Sarah Rose (age 7) was diagnosed with Philadelphia B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph-positive ALL). This is a rare sub-type of ALL and as such, Sarah is considered high risk. The diagnosis of leukemia came as a complete shock as Sarah had to go straight from a GP visit to assess bruising on her legs to hospital for immediate testing. Chemotherapy treatment began within days.

Sarah has a beautiful big brother, Charles (11) and an amazing Mum and Dad, Matthew and Rae-Lynn. They have been rocked by the diagnosis and grappled with everything that comes with having a sick child in and out of hospital. They have done an outstanding job having to get through the initial shock and then the logistics of juggling Rae’s work, Matthew’s new business and tag-teaming day/night hospital duty. They keep moving forward with courage and good humour (and of course tears.) They have found themselves in an unimaginable place as parents.

In the 3 months since diagnosis, Sarah has completed her first 28-day cycle of chemotherapy and is now into her second cycle after setbacks caused by infection. She has had blood transfusions, lumbar punctures and many hospital stays. As a result of her treatment, Sarah has no immunity and she will be unable to attend school for the rest of the school year at least as she is unable to risk being exposed to infections.

Sarah and family are now facing the next stage of her treatment which will involve a bone marrow transplant. Matt and Rae have medical cover for their children, however, Sarah’s treatment is now incurring costs and bills beyond what insurance companies will cover.

Challenges for Matt and Rae include costs for doctor visits and medication that are not covered by medical aid, physiotherapy, extra childcare and home nursing care, home learning programs (for when Sarah feels up to it), and improving their home space for a child that is unable to attend school e.g. improved backyard play equipment.

Expenses calculated over a 12 month period of treatment:
Additional Medical Expenses:R32,000
Physiotherapy:R18,000
Art Therapy: R15,000
Home Tutor: R24,000
Carer:R28,000
Specialised Equipment (wheelchair, apparatus etc): R8,000

Our hope, as Sarah’s aunts, is that we can rally around to raise funds to alleviate the financial pressure. This is a situation that you never expect to find yourself as parents of young children and any amount donated to help Sarah will be greatly appreciated and will go directly to her care.

Please only use text in donation comments, any emojis are turned into question marks.

Donations

  • Jul 19, 2019 - USD $ 263.38
  • "Sending our thoughts and prayers." - The Deeley Family

  • Jul 19, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Sending love" - Friend

  • Jul 18, 2019 - R 1 864.10
  • "Praying for healing for your precious angel and for peace for those who surround her. Sending much love x" - M

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 106.01
  • "Sending prayers and healing from Needham, MA" - The Pavlik Family

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 706.50
  • "Get well soon!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 105.97
  • "Wishing you a speedy recovery!" - The Olsons

  • Jul 17, 2019 - USD $ 5.41
  • "Sending healing prayers!!!!" - Meredith & Chris Schreiber

  • Jul 16, 2019 - USD $ 42.33
  • "Thoughts and prayers are with your family Kate! " - Margie Helman

  • Jul 16, 2019 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for you all ????" - Anon

  • Jul 16, 2019 - USD $ 197.25
  • "Thinking of all of you and sending our prayers!" - The Svensson Family

  • Jul 16, 2019 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Get well soon Cuz!! " - Adam King

  • Jul 16, 2019 - USD $ 105.17
  • "Sending positive thoughts from Needham, MA - Funke Family" - Funke Family

  • Jul 16, 2019 - USD $ 105.17
  • "Sending love and strength your way!!" - The Allens

  • Jul 15, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • " Our thoughts are with your family for strength, love, and a speedy recovery for Sarah. Hang in there!" - The Roach Family

  • Jul 15, 2019 - USD $ 104.79
  • "Sending prayers and good thoughts from Needham, MA" - The Kennedy Family

  • Jul 15, 2019 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Wishing Sarah Rose a speedy recovery... " - The Lissy Family

  • Jul 15, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Praying for Sarah and your whole family." - The McHughs

  • Jul 15, 2019 - USD $ 75.37
  • "**STRENGTH, LOVE & LIGHT**" - Leith, Jozi

  • Jul 15, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Our thoughts are with you all!" - Madges

  • Jul 14, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "Beautiful Sarah! The Clemens family cannot wait to break with you and have Kruger Park adventures ahead. Sending our live and strengthpp" - KK

  • Jul 14, 2019 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Sending you all love and strength" - The Ali Family

  • Jul 14, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Sending positive thoughts and prayers from Needham. " - The Curtis Family

  • Jul 14, 2019 - USD $ 157.80
  • "Sending love and strength your way!" - The Murphys

  • Jul 13, 2019 - USD $ 105.11
  • "We'll be thinking positive thoughts for your family!" - The Barkers from Needham

  • Jul 13, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Sending so much love to a very brave little girl! Xxx" - Tess, Andy and Charlie

  • Jul 13, 2019 - R 822.56
  • "All the love in the world to our bravest, supergirl Sar Bear" - Aunty Jen Jen & uncle Waldo

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 2 056.40
  • "Wishing on every star that you get better soon! " - Marshall family

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 151.33
  • "Keep strong sarah!!! Xxx " - Caryl & Adam

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Sending loads of love" - Oldacres

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 211.45
  • "Sending prayers and love from Needham" - The Connolly Family

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 20.10
  • "Sending love!" - Kate Connolly

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 52.96
  • "Sending prayers. " - Heather and Kevin McKeon

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 105.83
  • "Sending prayers from Needham" - The Mockus Family

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Sending you lots of love" - Lee Muller

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "What a champion! We are all behind you Sarah" - Trace and Jambles

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 37.83
  • "You're the bravest Sarah I know (and the best Sardines player too). And we're quite a courageous bunch. xxx" - Sarah and Joe

  • Jul 12, 2019 - USD $ 15.14
  • "Keep strong x" - Liz Wintet

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Be strong ferocious little girl x" - Trace

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 1 000.00
  • "With love during an unimaginable time for your family." - Claire Keet

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Keep being strong Sarah. You have an amazing support system around you x " - Vanessa and Duncan

  • Jul 12, 2019 - R 200.00
  • "Stay strong, we are sending healing hugs and prayers, Phipps Family in Jhb" - Julia Phipps

  • Jul 11, 2019 - USD $ 324.46
  • "Sending you much love and hugs from London xxxx" - Anonymous

  • Jul 11, 2019 - USD $ 105.20
  • "Sending healing thoughts and prayers from Needham, MA!" - Stacey & Brian Kelly

  • Jul 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Big hugs Sarah" - Kelly

  • Jul 11, 2019 - USD $ 51.77
  • "Love you and miss you cuz!!" - Hannah

  • Jul 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "You're doing so well, Sarah!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Lots of love" - Lance

  • Jul 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "We're all with you big girl" - Liz

  • Jul 11, 2019 - USD $ 70.53
  • "Love you" - Piper King

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 66 720.85

Fundraising target

R 125 000.00
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Aunts Elizabeth Fletcher, Kate King, Emma Holt and Jen  Schafer are raising funds to support their niece Sarah Fletcher (7) from Cape Town who has been diagnosed with Leukemia.