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Zara vs ATRT

Zara vs ATRT

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Our daughter Zara was diagnosed with ATRT in April 2021 when she was 19 months old. Before this, she was a happy healthy little girl who reached all her normal milestones. 

ATRT (atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumour) is a rare, fast-growing, aggressive and re-occurring tumour that is found in fewer than 10 percent of children with brain tumours. It is most often seen in children age 3 or younger, but it can also occur in older children and adults.

Zara’s tumour was located near the cerebellum and was removed on 17 April 2021 during a 6-hour surgery. On 29 April 2021, after the craniotomy, Zara underwent her second operation to place a VP shunt in her brain to drain fluid from her brain to her abdomen. This resulted in an infection that needed to be cleared before the chemotherapy could start. 

Her chemotherapy was once again delayed when Zara’s VP shunt became dislodged and this had to be revised during another operation on 19 May 2021.

She will undergo radiation and chemotherapy at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre from May 2021. Even though the tumour was removed if one cancer cell remains another tumour can grow, which is why radiation and chemotherapy are necessary. 

In a month the medical aid is already rejecting claims and requiring co-payments. We need your assistance to cover the upcoming medical bills. 

For live updates on Zara’s journey please like her Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/zaravsatrt

** Surplus funds will be donated to Rainbows and Smiles - https://www.facebook.com/rainbowsandsmiles/ 

Donations

  • Jul 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for you. " - Steven Miller

  • Jul 18, 2021 - R 400.00
  • "Wishing you all the best Zara. " - Nick and Roni

  • Jul 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jul 02, 2021 - USD $ 13.83
  • "Praying for you Zara! We love you. Love Payton & Jordan " - Payton & Jordan

  • Jul 02, 2021 - USD $ 13.83
  • "Zara, you are such a warrior, we are all so proud of you. Keep fighting little one, we love you lots and know that you have won this battle already! Love Kate" - Kate Coskey

  • Jul 02, 2021 - USD $ 14.01
  • "Zara, you are such a brave and resilient fighter, you’ve got this! We love you sweetheart! Love Nick, Tracy, Payton & Jordan xxxx" - Nick & Tracy Jamison

  • Jul 02, 2021 - USD $ 14.01
  • "Zara, we love you and you are a true inspiration! Love Jane " - Jane Jamison

  • Jul 01, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing little Zara all the very best. Lots of love " - Thereasa Gouveia

  • Jun 29, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "Our thoughts and prayers with little Zara and the family. " - Kirsten Padaychee

  • Jun 29, 2021 - R 212.00
  • "Be strong little Zara" - Anonymous

  • Jun 28, 2021 - R 200.00
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    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 24, 2021 - R 1 500.00
  • "

    May you get well beautiful girl.

    " - Kietas Dream Donations

  • Jun 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thoughts, Prayers and Strength to you all " - Anonymous

  • Jun 21, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "

    My God keep his hand over you and protect you.

    " - Lillian

  • Jun 21, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Praying for a full recovery !

    " - Anon

  • Jun 21, 2021 - R 200.00
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    " - K Engelb8

  • Jun 21, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Get well Zara, you can do it

    " - Willow

  • Jun 21, 2021 - USD $ 278.94
  • "Sending love & light" - Anita

  • Jun 20, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "A very small donation for a very big girl. You have got this Zara because you are blessed and Mommy and Daddy are fighting with you. God Bless You" - Megan Kronberger

  • Jun 19, 2021 - USD $ 62.71
  • "Wishing you strength and a full recovery for your beautiful girl " - Anonymous

  • Jun 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Baie sterkte." - Desire

  • Jun 19, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Get well soon " - Anonymous

  • Jun 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Be strong little Zara" - Anonymous

  • Jun 18, 2021 - R 3 000.00
  • "I'm so extremely sorry for everything your family is going through. I'll keep your beautiful baby girl in my prayers. " - Adele Dreyer

  • Jun 18, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Strongs to the fam and little one

    " - Oom joe

  • Jun 18, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Praying for God's healing hands upon you.

    " - Samantha Matthews

  • Jun 18, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 17, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending love and prayers beautiful angel for a speedy recovery" - Laura Mackay

  • Jun 17, 2021 - USD $ 142.67
  • "Get well!" - Bob Mosier

  • Jun 17, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "I pray by the grace of God this child will be healed. " - Naseema

  • Jun 17, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Get well little Zara

    " - Amanda Oosthuizen

  • Jun 17, 2021 - USD $ 14.27
  • "With Love ️ " - Hazel Bothma

  • Jun 17, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Hope" - Piet

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Praying for you" - Karen

  • Jun 16, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you Brave girl. Stay strong mom and dad" - Kerry Goodall

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 360.00
  • "Hope - in honor of Hannah" - JULIAN Katz

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "BH” a speedy recovery " - Jeremy Kusner

  • Jun 15, 2021 - USD $ 14.52
  • "Get well" - Robin Nussbaum

  • Jun 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Have faith" - Jeannette

  • Jun 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Brave little girl, get well soon" - Anonymous

  • Jun 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for Zara" - Abigail

  • Jun 14, 2021 - R 500.00
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    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 14, 2021 - R 1 500.00
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    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 14, 2021 - R 250.00
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    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Jun 14, 2021 - USD $ 36.42
  • "Praying for you Zara!" - Anisa Khan

  • Jun 14, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    You are in my thoughts and Prayers.'

    " - Tammy Hammerschlag

  • Jun 13, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Praying for healing . " - Karen

  • Jun 12, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Sending much love and thoughts and praying " - Donna Van Aswegen

  • Jun 11, 2021 - R 1 500.00
  • "Wishing you well" - Andrew

  • Jun 11, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "May G-d bless you " - Anon

  • Jun 11, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "You are in our thoughts and Prayers. Wishing P G all will go well'" - Susan and Dag Hammerschlag

  • Jun 11, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Get well soon precious Zara. In our thoughts. Duyts family" - Duyts Family

  • Jun 11, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Get well little Zara" - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with you all. " - Tarryn

  • Jun 10, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending Loads Of Love, I'm sure your Daughter will be back to great health soon." - Anonymous

  • Jun 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Get well soon brave little darling xxxx" - The Ogilvie family

  • Jun 10, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Behind you all the way!" - Tatum's Tribe

  • Jun 09, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Get better soon Little Zara. Thinking of you all so much!" - Anton, Kim, Justin

  • Jun 07, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "You are not alone! Jesus and his Angels are surrounding you and keeping you strong to get through this." - Betsy

  • Jun 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Our thoughts are with you, brave little Zara!! " - Jay & Rob Rebelo

  • Jun 04, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "May the Lord bless little Zara with the return of her health and her family during this difficult time." - Connie Howard-Tripp

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending love, strength and prayers. We got this . " - Margi Bennett

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . Dino and Melanie Bottega" - Melanie Bottega

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "In our thoughts & prayers for a complete recovery dear little Zara" - Norma & Fred

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for Zara and her family" - Ann and Dave

  • Jun 03, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for you" - Robyn

  • Jun 02, 2021 - R 4 000.00
  • "We miss you Little Zara and we cant wait for the day you come running through your class to give us the best cuddles ever. We know you are going to beat this!!!" - Robyn - Little Minds Montessori

  • Jun 01, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "send positive thoughts and much love" - Graham and Patricia

  • Jun 01, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Hang in there little Zara, you got this " - Big Sean

  • Jun 01, 2021 - R 4 000.00
  • "Together in prayer we will beat this" - Ansofie

  • May 30, 2021 - R 529.00
  • "Our thoughts and prayers with little Zara and the family. " - Kirsten Padaychee

  • May 28, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "You will be in my and my families prayers. Tell uncle Graham I say "hello" - he will know what this is about" - DJ

  • May 27, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Not a lot but anything to help ️" - Dylan Schultz

  • May 27, 2021 - USD $ 72.08
  • "Sending prayers" - Debbie Parsons

  • May 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Praying the healing power of God over you little Zara, with love." - Ronda Lowrie

  • May 26, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Our prayers are with you all" - Cwade Rees and family

  • May 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Wishing you a complete and speedy recovery special girl xx" - Andrea

  • May 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Brave little angel you can beat this" - D Holland

  • May 26, 2021 - USD $ 82.89
  • "We wish for the best outcome. Love and hugs." - Brian & Kent

  • May 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Our prayers and thoughts are with you " - Zelda

  • May 26, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thinking of you all during these trying times. Sending our prayers, strength and love to brave little Zara. Tegan is looking forward to seeing you back at school soon." - Ty, Mel and Tegan

  • May 26, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending so much love " - Jacqui

  • May 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending hugs and strength to Zara! " - Nolene and Deon Van Wyk

  • May 25, 2021 - USD $ 35.90
  • "Get well soon beautiful girl " - Claire Coutts

  • May 25, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Darling Zara please get well soon" - Julie Rosenbaum

  • May 25, 2021 - USD $ 71.81
  • "We are behind you every step of the way gorgeous warrior ! Love you all lots !" - Nikita Leça

  • May 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We can beat this, sending positive healing love! You are in our prayers" - Ana & Guy

  • May 25, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Our thoughts and prayers with little Zara and the family. " - Kirsten Padaychee

  • May 25, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thoughts and prayers to you all! Stay strong " - Michelle McDermott

  • May 25, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Dearest Zara. We are right behind you precious Angle. Much love from the Morais family " - Vanessa Morais

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Our daughter Zara was diagnosed with ATRT in April 2021 when she was 19 months old. Before this, she was a happy healthy little girl who reached all her normal milestones. 

She will undergo radiation and chemotherapy at the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre from May 2021. Even though the tumour was removed if one cancer cell remains another tumour can grow, which is why radiation and chemotherapy are necessary. 

In a month the medical aid is already rejecting claims and requiring co-payments. We need your assistance to cover the upcoming medical bills.