Race against time for Tzaneen’s little girl with aggressive childhood cancer

After Tzaneen’s Imke Geldenhuys’ treatment started in New York at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, the family received the devastating news that the aggressive childhood cancer, neuroblastoma, had returned, reports the Letaba Herald.

In a moving television interview, her mother Ilona Geldenhuys told Fox5NY: “We don’t have time, time is against us, we have to save Imke’s life … I got the courage to ask the doctor how many survivors they had, and he said we haven’t had any.”

All the money that was raised, more than $500 000 for special amino chemotherapy, has already gone into the surgery.

The Arms Wide Open foundation is now there to stand by the family to help a miracle come true this Christmas for Imke’s treatment to continue. Fox News reported that through social media, Ilona connected with Dena Sherwood of Manalapan, New Jersey.

Little warrior, Imke Geldenhuys (3).

“Dena founded an organisation called Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation after her son Billy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2008. Ilona hopes a miracle will happen in time for Christmas. Imke just finished chemotherapy and will have three weeks to recover. But her future is on hold. Sloan Kettering cannot begin the radiation or the immunotherapy without the next payment of $585 000. If you would like to help Imke and her family, Dena’s foundation has set up a fundraising page. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Imke’s family,” said the Fox News report.

Watch the interview:

“Help is on the way, we received this messages on Monday after we attended a church sermon on Sunday. We got the message right after we heard that we are going to need more money for Imke’s surgery. We asked that everyone please keep us in their prayers,” Imke’s dad Darius said on Thursday morning from New York.

– Caxton News Service

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