T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Warrior
Hi, I am Claudette Findlay and I am from Limpopo, Modimolle.
I’m 26 years old not even 30 yet and have been diagnosed with cancer 3 times and survived sepsis. My goal is to get my bone marrow transplant and never to deal with the ugly big “C again”.
On my bucket list, I had so many different things planned than being poked by needles and sitting in Dr offices every few weeks or staying more in a hospital than at home.
Please take a few minutes and read my journey even if you can’t donate please share my story.
I was diagnosed as having T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in April 2018 and after initial treatment in the United States for 48 days, where I was working as an Au Pair, I was transferred to South Africa, where I continued with my induction chemotherapy and consolidation.
I continued this treatment at Steve Biko Academic Hospital and unfortunately relapsed in November 2019. I was again salvaged and achieved remission once again.
I was scheduled for an Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant but due to Medical Insurance rules and financial obstacles, I was unable to proceed with this. I continued with maintenance treatment until I relapsed again with Central Nervous System Disease in October 2021.
Once again, received induction chemotherapy and salvage using the BFM protocol 5x4 Days in the hospital. I have been in remission since and on maintenance treatment.
I am once again being considered for Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant and a donor has been identified and she is awaiting scheduling.
However, My Medical Insurance Scheme will still not pay for my transplant and this is my only chance for a lasting cure.
Without a transplant, I will certainly relapse at some time in the future.
Could you please assist me in my efforts to raise funds to cover the costs of the transplant which are estimated at approximately R 1.3 million inclusive?