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Your baby has cancer

Your baby has cancer

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In the midst of the covid pandemic, June 2020 we heard the heartbreaking words “your baby has cancer”.

Words that no parent ever wants to hear;  our daughter, Rhode was 5 months old at the time.  Her sister, Liale, my husband, and I as well as the rest of our family started a journey that would change our lives forever.

 The strain on us was at times so immense and felt unbearable.  Rhode’s cancer is extremely rare and optioning information felt impossible.  About 1 out of a million babies are diagnosed with it.

Rhode started chemotherapy and I was terrified of the side effects.  I witnessed her endure pain, her tiny body covered with open sores, I have never felt so helpless.

Her oncology team was incredible.  Professor Reynders and Professor Omar are straight from heaven.  Knowledgeable, patient, kind, understanding and they provided our family with the comfort and support we needed.

 We feel privileged that throughout Rhode’s cancer journey we had people praying for us and providing love.  We would NOT have coped without our support structure.

Rhode is now 17 months old and doing so much better, her prognosis is good however our baby girl will receive maintenance chemo until the age of two.

During our journey we witnessed the suffering of families around us, we felt powerless and the urge to help became overwhelming.  There are children that do not even have the luxury of transport money, food, and basic necessities.

 We heard about Rainbows and Smiles from the nurses at our ward and the incredible work they do for families who are living in poverty and fighting this dreaded disease.   

I am going to brave my very first triathlon and through my journey, I am going to ask you to support me, as I endeavor to raise funds and awareness for these families.

 Those who know me will realise this is a big deal, as I thought “freestyle stroke” was referring to a dress style.  I am now proud to say I can swim 3000m – it’s amazing what you can achieve with your heart and soul. 

Our little family was thrown into the rough seas of childhood cancer and we managed to survive.  So many people do not and it is my mission to raise awareness and support the families of those who need it most. 

Please help me make a difference in the lives of children with cancer, their families and witness me brave my very first 5150 events.

Thank you

 

Donations

  • Aug 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Our Faith can move mountains! Matt 17:20" - Alex & Andrea

  • Aug 19, 2021 - R 14 000.00
  • "Dear Frikkie and Lelanie. Thank you for what you doing for our children in need. You will be blessed " - Rhodè

  • Aug 19, 2021 - R 3 000.00
  • "May you be blessed always " - Anonymous

  • Aug 17, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Aan ons kinders Frikkie en Lelanie. Dankie vir julle onbaatsugtige liefde en geduld. Liefde Pa Johan en Ma Rika" - Rhode

  • Aug 16, 2021 - USD $ 35.02
  • "Wishing your daughter all the best and enjoy your triathlon!" - Hilton

  • Aug 16, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "Ons glo Rhode sal volkome genees en sterkte vir jou Lelanie!" - KH

  • Aug 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Baie sterkte vir jou en die gesin, ons dien ‘n groot Hemelse Vader en vertrou vir volkome genesing xx" - Janine

  • Aug 10, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Rhodé en julle is in ons gebede en baie sterkte met die triathlon

    " - Esme

  • Aug 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Baie sterkte!

    " - Sandra

  • Aug 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Vir die braafste en mooiste dogtertjie wat ek ken Rhodé'tjie en elke ander kind met kanker." - Henri en Chantelle

  • Aug 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Goos luck with the triathlon " - Trevor & Denny

  • Aug 06, 2021 - R 750.00
  • "

    Ons dien so Groot God ... Sy Genade en Liefde is altyd met julle.

    " - JV

  • Aug 05, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    God give you strength in this journey. STAY blessed Love Tidi

    " - Tidi

  • Aug 04, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Baie sterkte, ons almal weet dit sal goed gaan!" - Abrie, Michelle en die VAPS Span

  • Aug 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Ou skoolmaat van jou Ma" - Maryna Eloff

  • Aug 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck for the triathalon. Thank you for caring about others" - Addie

  • Aug 04, 2021 - R 600.00
  • "We have been with you in thoughts and prayers " - Bob; Heather and Zoe

  • Aug 04, 2021 - USD $ 69.85
  • "Once you set your mind to something it’s one way and that’s all the way! Best of luck. You’re going to di great. " - Anonymous

  • Aug 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Stay strong always. " - Alan and Pam Fainman

  • Aug 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Ek dra met plesier by Lelanie, want ek weet hoe hard jy werk" - Ouma Lenie

  • Aug 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Dink aan julle…" - Liezel

  • Aug 03, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    God bless and protect you all

    " - Mel

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Ek dra elke familie op in gebed " - Ronel

  • Aug 02, 2021 - USD $ 68.43
  • "Sterkte julle. God is met ons." - Coenrad en Leonette

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Best wishes" - Anonymous

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Baie sterkte. Ou skoolmaat van jou Ma" - Anne-Marie

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Such a wonderful cause and absolute dedication from you!" - Louise

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You can do this!" - Mel x

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for your entire family and beautiful little angel, Rhode for a full recovery" - Liesel

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Faith over fear" - Reneé Lourens

  • Aug 02, 2021 - USD $ 34.22
  • "Grateful to be able to donate. Sterkte met die res van julle journey " - Mignonne

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 2 500.00
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery!" - Anonymous

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Gaan groot vir n goeie doel‍️‍️‍️" - Leonette

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "You are not alone" - Tammy

  • Aug 02, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "met liefde en drukkies xx" - karli

  • Aug 01, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Praying for you and all families that have to go through this! " - Daleen

  • Aug 01, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Bid vir elke liewe kind en ouer wat deur die hel gaan van kanker gaan." - Leoni

  • Aug 01, 2021 - USD $ 118.78
  • "Good luck, God Bless." - Gerrit-Jan

  • Aug 01, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying your baby Rhode makes a full recovery...fellow Midstreamer" - Kim Brookes

  • Aug 01, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "God se liefde en genade is groot." - Elmari

  • Aug 01, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "With all my love, Debbie" - Debbie

  • Aug 01, 2021 - USD $ 20.54
  • "Good luck" - Friend

  • Aug 01, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Baie liefde. Sterkte" - Mia

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The mission of Rainbows and Smiles is to provide emotional, social and financial support to families and caregivers in need when a child or children of that family is diagnosed with a life threatening illness such as cancer. In addition, Rainbows and Smiles encourage childhood cancer awareness to educate in the hope of promoting early detection.

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