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Stem Cells to Save Cathryn

Stem Cells to Save Cathryn

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My sister Cathryn Eastman was diagnosed in August this year with a rare bone marrow condition called Myelodysplastic Syndrome. The disease causes bone marrow failure. The Bone marrows function in the body is to make all your red and white blood cells and platelets.


Cathryn was feeling fatigued and weak all the time and went to her GP who did a full blood count which showed that her RBC, WBC and platelets were severely low. She was referred to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital Histology and then Oncology department where she has been receiving blood and platelet transfusions almost on a weekly basis.


Cathryn is only 40 years old and is one of the youngest people that has been diagnosed with this type of cancer.


The only cure for MDS is to have a Stem Cell donation from a matching donor. The transplant is only done at Groote Schuur Hospital. Cathryn’s Prognostic scale puts her at a high risk meaning that she will develop Acute Leukemia within 12 months if she does not receive a transplant.

A few weeks ago we were given the bad news that I was not a match to donate my Stem cells to her.

We were also told that there was no one on the SA donor registry that matched either. The oncologist did say that there were 2 international donors that were found to be a match but it would cost R600 000 for the procedure and transport of the Donated stem cells to South Africa.

Donations

  • Feb 05, 2019 - R 2 700.00
  • "From the Nucleus Mining Team" - Nucleus Mining

  • Jan 25, 2019 - R 1 973.12
  • "Praying for you! " - Anonymous

  • Jan 15, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Cathryn, I know you can beat this!!!" - Clement Coetzee

  • Jan 14, 2019 - R 1 010.00
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with you, get well soon." - Brendon Freitag

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Praying for your full recovery Cathryn ??" - Anonymous

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 510.00
  • "Get well Cathryn. You in my prayers." - Ryan Green

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Love you lots my friend" - Rina Daniel

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "Hang in there Cath. " - Anonymous

  • Jan 11, 2019 - USD $ 24.28
  • "Sending you love and light dear Cathrine ?????? Remember that you are whole and perfect! Science will help your body and love will heal your heart, your cells, your marrow, and every inch of you!" - Alexia

  • Jan 11, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Sending prayers and love! U got this!" - Jax &Tommy;

  • Jan 11, 2019 - USD $ 30.23
  • "." - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 37.97
  • "U can do it :-) " - Ralf Aring

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 21.04
  • "Hope this helps towards your procedure, thinking of you x" - Natalie Chamberlain

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 5 000.00
  • "Stay strong Cathryn. We love you and are with you every step of the way to your recovery xxx" - Aunty L

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Catherine, you have to pull through. Thinking of you and your family. " - Cheryl Stelling (now Jacobs)

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 37.97
  • "Get well soon!" - Eve Churchill

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Best wishes Cathryn. Thanks for raising this Richard. Mike" - Mike

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 205.64
  • "Get well soon Cathryn" - Carlo Celestino

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 514.10
  • "God bless " - Anonymous

  • Jan 10, 2019 - R 1 028.20
  • "Such a wonderful person deserves all the support she can get. Get Well Soon Cath" - Gareth Coats

  • Jan 10, 2019 - USD $ 72.18
  • "Sending love and hopes for a speedy recovery ??" - Melissa Fillis

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R 20 237.74

Fundraising target

R 400 000.00
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My sister Cathryn Eastman was diagnosed in August this year with a rare bone marrow condition called Myelodysplastic Syndrome. The disease causes bone marrow failure. 

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