This beautiful little girl was 2 years and 10 months (2013) old when she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Bella had intense chemo through a *port for 7 months.
*A port is a small disc made of plastic or metal about the size of a quarter that sits just under the skin. A soft thin tube called a catheter connects the port to a large vein. Your chemotherapy medicines are given through a special needle that fits right into the port. You also can have blood drawn through the port.
She had to be taken to the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre almost on a daily basis for her treatment, which included many bags of chemo and a Lumber Puncture every Wednesday - for 7 months.
Today, Bella still gets chemo every day in tablet form and has to taken to Donald Gordon every second week to be given her chemo through her port. She also still gets a lumber puncture every 3 months.
Bella is now 5 years and 2 months old (April 2016) and is responding well to treatment. She has been in remission since day 14, however, she still needs to complete the treatment protocol of 3 years to make sure it doesn't come back, which should be by December 2016.
Bella's Daddy and Mommy has a medical aid, and for that they are very grateful, however, the medical aid does not pay for everything. To top it all, they started their own company shortly before Bella was diagnosed. Bella's Mom couldn't work for 8 months, because she took care of Bella day in and day out. Bella's hero Daddy works 2 jobs, during the day and at night, because the bills still need to be paid and boy do they have A LOT of bills. The family's needs come first and that means Bella's mom still cannot work full time.
The cost implication with regards to Bella's treatment is quite tough at times. The first thing that needs to be done every month is to make sure Bella's expenses and medicines are bought and paid for, and then the rest of the bills get paid. There are procedures and blood tests the medical aid doesn't pay for, but her treatment needs to continue and therefor it get paid out of own pocket. The last couple of years, the family has build up a lot of debt and it has added to the pressure they are already dealing with.
Bella is alive and well and for that they family is very thankful. She can't go to crèche until January 2017, due to her immune system being suppressed. This precious family appreciate life more than ever before and they have realised that life is a gift that should be treasured every day.
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This specific fundraiser is now closed and no more spaces are available.
HOWEVER, we continue to support this amazing family - as we know them, love them and understand that their financial burden has not been lifted with one fundraising initiative. If you would like to support Bella in any way going forward - please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fundraiser - Thank YOU Skyline
Skyline Group initiated this fundraising initiative and AkukhanYa fully supports it. Bella's mom is an amazing woman and it is an honour to be able to assist her and the family in this way.
The monies raised with the dance will assist the McLeod Family with all the extra expenses they have to deal with. With your financial support, prayers and God's healing hand Isabel will be truly blessed! Thank you for your support in making the load more manageable for the McLeod Family.