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Sharney Blackway Cancer Cause

Sharney Blackway Cancer Cause

Funds Raised:
R 6 046
Fundraising Target:
R 100 000

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I’m Sharney Blackway, a 28-year-old South African living in Johannesburg.

I married my high school sweetheart, together we are raising our beautiful daughter. Prior to my cancer diagnosis, I worked full-time, earning minimum wage. With the rising cost of living, I was forced to taking on a secondary job to cover basic cost of living. I became a content creator, significantly growing my brand. I've always been a hairstylist and used my spare time as a stylist for added income.

I was at the pinnacle of life just a few months ago, realised a dream of renovating our home. I dropped from a size 44-30 my health was in great shape. In 2020, I lost my grandmother to Covid. I hoped that by taking control of my health, I would be able to prevent my young daughter from losing me prematurely, or at the very least be role model. My weight loss journey propelled my social media following, I was encouraged by the representation across the world, people whose lives changed by my transformation journey.

I noticed tenderness in my left breast and dismissed it as the by-product of periods or gym as I'd had an injury before, so I ruled that out. In the summer of 2022, I consulted my doctor, who told me that I had nothing to worry about as it was a fibroadenoma and sent me home with pain meds. The meds had finished, the pain got worse and 6 weeks later, I returned my GP brushed it off. This affected me at work, I assumed it was all in my head, so I covered up the discomfort. I couldn't endure the pain as it started to affect my daily life and returned to the GP in September. I insisted he refer me to a specialist for extensive testing, which he hesitantly did.

By the end of September, I had an ultrasound, a mammogram and an external biopsy, the results were all negative, I was convinced I was insane. The discomfort somewhat subsided at gym, and our wedding anniversary celebrations resulted in reduced gym sessions. With immense pain it took everything to return to the GP, who again looked agitated by my request and plea for a referral to have the lump removed.

My employer was not happy with me needing more time off since it’s been highlighted as a trend. I thought, what’s a few more weeks of waiting for a lump that might be “nothing”. January 2023, I said no more, walked into the surgeon's office, not expecting much. His warm reception and urgency had been far beyond anything experienced. After my consultation, I was scheduled for surgery to remove the lump which was sent for a biopsy since it had become stuck to my muscle, which fibroadenomas are absent from. On January 16th, I was summoned to the surgeons' offices.

Mrs Blackway, you have cancer, my husband and I sobbed. We couldn't believe it, I was told at once I'd need two more surgical operations the following day to insert a chemo pod and another biopsy. I was numb, this is not what we had planned either financially or emotionally, particularly because my baby girl had just officially started school.

I was completely reliant on overtime and after being diagnosed, some of my bills could not be paid. Due to the size of the lump, I couldn't commit to my content creation or hairstylist job whilst also recovering from surgery and chemo. Not only was I diagnosed with cancer, but I additionally lost the extra income that kept us "afloat."

My family is a great support system, but we're a middle-class family. They help where they can, however these medical bills and my basic needs are well beyond their means. With this in mind, the primary objective of this page is to raise awareness of misdiagnosis while also soliciting donations for medical expenses.

My medical insurance covers 100% of the specialists' fees, however specialists charge 300%, which is 200% above coverage. Our medical expenses are increasing daily, and any financial support is truly valued as I focus my mind on completing a number of chemo sessions, accompanied by additional treatment.


  • Nov 26, 2023 - R 50.00 Fees covered
  • "Stay strong sisi🙏🙏🙏" - Nosie

  • Nov 03, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "God is working. You are an inspiration to many. Your positive attitude and strength is admirable. Love you girl ♥️" - Anonymous

  • Nov 02, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Watched ur journey on Instagram, wish I could give more but all the best to you and your journey!! Gor bless" - Lisle

  • Oct 10, 2023 - R 30.00 Fees covered
  • "Continue to stay strong and making the most out of this situation. I always enjoy watching how bubbly your personality is. As an 18 year old girl I relate to you so much, sometimes I go to your lives and steal some of the songs you are listening to" - Rebo

  • Oct 10, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Oct 02, 2023 - R 462.75 Fees covered
  • "May God help you to get well soon." - Mofokeng

  • Aug 01, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Praying for healing please remain the type of lady you are, stay amazing all the best ❤️🙏" - Anonymous

  • Jun 05, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 18, 2023 - R 18.51 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • May 16, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Sterkte." - Anonymous

  • May 16, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Sterkte." - Anonymous

  • May 16, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Stay strong my dear we are all praying for you" - Anonymous

  • May 16, 2023 - R 40.00 Fees covered
  • "God bless you" - Rallvon Fransman

  • May 01, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "Your are such a strong beautiful woman and I admire you for that❤️❤️" - Anonymous

  • Apr 28, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "I hope each day brings a little more strength, determination, and healing your way." - Anonymous

  • Apr 28, 2023 - USD $ 5.90 Fees covered
  • "All of the best dear... Keeping you in my prayers 🙏❤️🙏" - Fiola Claassen

  • Apr 25, 2023 - R 200.00
  • "I can't imagine what you must be going through right now! I know you'll come out stronger and much healthier than ever before. God bless you!!!" - Nyasha Trevor Mhlanga

  • Apr 24, 2023 - R 750.00 Fees covered
  • "i’ve been watching your journey and i’m rooting for you!! i love your energy and you’re gonna get through this!! prayers going out to you and the family you beautiful woman ❤️ sent from canada!!" - mununga emily

  • Apr 20, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "You remind me so much of my mom Who passed away a year ago with breast cancer. Your resilience and strength to show your journey on TikTok is so inspiring. Sending love and healing prayers your way 💖" - Ethan E ( BadE )

  • Apr 19, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "May God bless you and protect you akways❤️🙏" - Brucille

  • Apr 17, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "Sending love❤️ May God be with always and in all ways" - ShanaazB

  • Apr 15, 2023 - R 200.00 Fees covered
  • "May you heal and be able to raise your daughter. All the best, love you!" - Momo M

  • Apr 07, 2023 - R 100.00 Fees covered
  • "" - Anonymous

  • Apr 05, 2023 - R 300.00 Fees covered
  • "May the Lord favour you everywhere you go and may HE heal you completely. I admire your take on this journey." - Nombongo

  • Apr 05, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Sending love, light and healing hugs. God’s got this" - Chandrè Marnies

  • Apr 04, 2023 - R 500.00 Fees covered
  • "Wishing you all the best in this journey ahead with a positive outcome." - Anonymous

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Fundraising target

R 100 000.00

Donations to date

R 6 045.86

Sharney Blackway Cancer Cause Campaign

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Sharney Blackway, a 28-year-old South African from Johannesburg, was leading a fulfilling life with her family until she was diagnosed with cancer. Despite initial dismissals by doctors, she insisted on further tests, leading to the discovery of a malignant lump. The diagnosis brought financial strain, as she couldn't work due to surgeries and chemotherapy. Although her medical insurance covers specialists' fees, the costs exceed the coverage, leaving her family struggling to meet increasing medical expenses. Sharney seeks donations to cover these costs while raising awareness about misdiagnosis.