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Appeal for cancer stricken 4yrs Simbarashe Dande

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Raised by 371 people in 5 months
Created January 2, 2019
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Dear helpers and well wishers .

My name is Thompson Dande (for Dandemutande) Musiyiwa from Zimbabwe Africa .I am Simbarashe Dande Musiyiwa's father. Simbarashe has cancer . My wife Maria Jasi and myself are very desperate to see our son living a normal life but we have no money even to feed him everyday. Simbarashe is struggling with unbearable pain everyday due to the tumor. The tumor is very heavy on his face and it keeps growing and it has covered his face and eye and distorted his nose .He is struggling to speak , eat and breathe. He has infection in his mouth which has caused ulcers.

On 31 December 2018 philanthropist Violet Makunike received the attached  video and also images of my 4 year old boy (Simbarashe Dande..mutande ) in Zimbabwe who is stricken by cancer after a well wisher and brother ( Samson Chitungo) saw him at our rural home .The country’s health system is not functioning and the  the doctors said they cannot do anything and so we should just wait for Simbarashe to die . In Zimbabwe Simbarashe was under the medical care of Dr Machisa at  Harare hospital . Contact in  South Africa has been made with Dr Rinke and Dr Henri who are working closely with Professor Davidson to assist with medical care .

I gave consent for this Go fund Me page to be opened with the suggestion and support of many well wishers and charity workers such as philanthropist and our sister in Christ Makazvitaishe who opened the page with the consent of the family and well wishers, Belinda , Violet , Courage , Florence and Silas to raise money and withdraw the funds for medical expenses for our son Simbarashe . Makazvitaishe will withdraw the money from Go fund Me. Outside Go Fund Me the funds will be delivered to Florence and Silas using Western union.

The main family members working with us family and involved in this campaign for this help are Belinda Dandemutande my daughter and cousin sister to Simbarashe based in South Africa , Samson Chitungo ( my brother in South Africa) , Archboard Chapwanya (my brother in Murehwa) and Violet Makunike  (well wisher and philantropist ) , Courage  ( well wisher and philantropist) ,Florence Fungai  Marimbire( well wisher ,volunteer and organiser ), Silas  Paradza ( well wisher , volunteer and organiser). South Africa surgeons Dr Rinke married to Dr Henri and working with surgeon in South Africa (Proffessor Davidson) at Children's hospital for cancer. Simbarashe was born on 10/01/2015 and his previous doctor in Zimbabwe is Dr Machisa at Harare hospital. Dr Machisa did biopsies and when we last saw him in September 2018 he said he cannot operate Simbarashe as the procedure requires specialised personnel and there is no money to get him operation facilities.

We want to take Simbarashe to South Africa  for the tumor to be operated on but we dont have the money to cover the expenses. We need money to apply for travelling documents , transport and accomodation while in South Africa. The names of those most closely responsible for the medical expenses are Florence , Silas , Makazvitaishe, Courage , Violet , Belinda , Archboard , Samson , Dr Rinke.Makazvitaishe These people will ensure the funds reach the family and the hospitals and team involved to pay for related expenses. We also need money to cover the surgery and buy prescribed medication for the ulcers and the  pain.  Our hearts are broken as we watch our son living with the pain and we have no money to cover for the expenses.I am also raising money  for travelling  expenses, accommodation and food when we go to South Africa for treatment . Our son is in constant excruciating pain and is feeding on porridge only as he struggles to open his mouth and to swallow food.  We cannot even afford to buy our son clothes and food as both my wife and myself are unemployed and we survive on handouts from other struggling villagers .

We live in a remote rural area in  Zimbabwe (Murehwa) and we have no income to seek medical help in  another country . We have three other children to look after.  We are kindly asking for cash donations to assist us to seek medical treatment for Simbarashe .If we manage to raise funds urgently I will arrange that we travel to South Africa  as soon as possible so that our son can receive the medical treatment and given a chance to lead a decent life rather than to watch him dying .

I am kindly asking  that you open your hearts to also assist me in bringing this heartbreaking story to the attention of the public within your networks in case someone out there might know who can help with surgery  or any other appropriate medical care for our son . As a family we are very stranded  and heartbroken .Our son is not currently receiving any medical help that's why we are desperately asking the public to hear our cries for help. The money withdrawn from this campaign will benefit our son in a big way.

Thank you very much for your help .Your donations are greatly appreciated and your help will forever be cherished for saving the life of our desperate child with nowhere else to turn to.
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VIDEOS : Simbarashe 's father has arrived in South Africa: Chemotherapy has failed to work 

A very good morning to you well wishers and donors . I hope I find you all well. 

Thank you so much for making this journey happen for us. Simbarashe's father is now in South Africa. He arrived on Sunday 23/06/19 accompanied by a volunteer from Zimbabwe who is also helping with translations.

Simbarashe's mother went back to Zimbabwe so they have exchanged roles. It has been an emotionally tough 6 months for the mother so she informed her husband that she wanted a break.The father has therefore taken over the care in hospital and admitted with the child.

In the video the father is thanking you all for your donations.In the other video taken on Monday morning 24/06/19 Simbarashe is actually in a jovial mood in the ward playroom. He later had a dose of chemotherapy at 10.00pm 

This morning Tuesday 25/06/19 he is down in bed as in photo

*Chemotherapy has NOT worked for Simbarashe* 

On Monday 24/06/19 Simbarashe's father and the volunteer from Zimbabwe had a meeting at 9.00 in the morning with one of the doctors who has been administering chemotherapy for the past nine weeks.

The Dr said there was a delay in administering chemoheraphy because Simbarashe had a very serious infection during the process of the treatment and was very sick so they could not administer chemotherapy during that week. That should be the week I updated saying there should be something really wrong (medically). So he is finishing off the 10 weeks chemotherapy this week after which the chemotherapy doctors will hand over Simbarashe to the surgeons as per procedure. 

The Dr said this Thursday , the surgeons and the family are going to have a meeting to map out a way forward and the surgeons will confirm if they can do the second surgery or not.

The Dr was clear and honest to the family. She said Chemotherapy has NOT worked on Simbarashe as they had anticipated.The chemotherapy team were expecting the 10 week treatment to shrink the right side after which the second surgery would be done.

The Dr said they were giving Simbarashe the same type of chemotherapy that they give to all others across the world and she is very worried it has not worked on Simbarashe. 

She said she is hoping the surgeons will be able to do something either to remove more of the tumour or they can help the chemotherapy doctors to do something else . She added that for them they do chemotherapy only and the surgeons' meeting will confirm way forward in regards to the second surgery.

Fellow well wishers and donors the hospital is said to be a very good one and successfully helps children with many different ailments so it could be that Simbarashe's case is too complicated for them. As a family we understand that medical hiccups can happen . We might have to start reconsidering the USA option again but we will wait until we hear what the surgeons have to say on Thursday. We keep hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel

Simbarashe and father have settled very well in hospital being taken care of by the hospital staff. They have done a fantastic job since early February 2019

Thank you so much once again for your donations. Without your support the family and Simbarashe would be hopeless in a village in Zimbabwe without even a paracetamol to ease the pain. May you all be blessed for helping us . Your generosity will never be taken for granted. Our wishes are kindness comes along your way if ever you are to need it in any way . Thank you so much . I will be back with more updates

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MEANWHILE, one of the families who have followed Simbarashe's case curiously like many others has sent me a case of their 6 year old son Proffessor Zidanda who is struggling with retinablastoma cancer. There is obviously no medical care to talk about in Zimbabwe. The poverty stricken parents are struggling to cope with Professor in their one roomed house. The parents are hopeful that if they go to South Africa or another country at least the medical team will do all they can to save their child's life or making the pain better in a health facility. They are crying to me everyday .I am kindly asking that you help us to share their Go Fund Me page which I have opened for them if you can so that we can assist with facilitating their journey to South Africa. 

Below is their Go Fund Me page which shows a very desperate situation of a child writhing in pain while the parents watch hopelessly. This is their daily life. 

https://www.gofundme.com/appeal-for-6-year-old-retinablastoma-cancer

Your help in sharing the appeal will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your help once again.

https://www.gofundme.com/appeal-for-6-year-old-retinablastoma-cancer
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Images : Simbarashe 's father has arrived in South Africa: Chemotherapy has failed to work

A very good morning to you well wishers and donors . I hope I find you all well.

Thank you so much for making this journey happen for us. Simbarashe's father is now in South Africa. He arrived on Sunday 23/06/19 accompanied by a volunteer from Zimbabwe who is also helping with translations.

Simbarashe's mother went back to Zimbabwe so they have exchanged roles. It has been an emotionally tough 6 months for the mother so she informed her husband that she wanted a break.The father has therefore taken over the care in hospital and admitted with the child.

In the video the father is thanking you all for your donations.In the other video taken on Monday morning 24/06/19 Simbarashe is actually in a jovial mood in the ward playroom. He later had a dose of chemotherapy at 10.00pm

This morning Tuesday 25/06/19 he is down in bed as in photo

*Chemotherapy has NOT worked for Simbarashe*

On Monday 24/06/19 Simbarashe's father and the volunteer from Zimbabwe had a meeting at 9.00 in the morning with one of the doctors who has been administering chemotherapy for the past nine weeks.

The Dr said there was a delay in administering chemoheraphy because Simbarashe had a very serious infection during the process of the treatment and was very sick so they could not administer chemotherapy during that week. That should be the week I updated saying there should be something really wrong (medically). So he is finishing off the 10 weeks chemotherapy this week after which the chemotherapy doctors will hand over Simbarashe to the surgeons as per procedure.

The Dr said this Thursday , the surgeons and the family are going to have a meeting to map out a way forward and the surgeons will confirm if they can do the second surgery or not.

The Dr was clear and honest to the family. She said Chemotherapy has NOT worked on Simbarashe as they had anticipated.The chemotherapy team were expecting the 10 week treatment to shrink the right side after which the second surgery would be done.

The Dr said they were giving Simbarashe the same type of chemotherapy that they give to all others across the world and she is very worried it has not worked on Simbarashe.

She said she is hoping the surgeons will be able to do something either to remove more of the tumour or they can help the chemotherapy doctors to do something else . She added that for them they do chemotherapy only and the surgeons' meeting will confirm way forward in regards to the second surgery.

Fellow well wishers and donors the hospital is said to be a very good one and successfully helps children with many different ailments so it could be that Simbarashe's case is too complicated for them. As a family we understand that medical hiccups can happen . We might have to start reconsidering the USA option again but we will wait until we hear what the surgeons have to say on Thursday. We keep hoping there is light at the end of the tunnel

Simbarashe and father have settled very well in hospital being taken care of by the hospital staff. They have done a fantastic job since early February 2019

Thank you so much once again for your donations. Without your support the family and Simbarashe would be hopeless in a village in Zimbabwe without even a paracetamol to ease the pain. May you all be blessed for helping us . Your generosity will never be taken for granted. Our wishes are kindness comes along your way if ever you are to need it in any way . Thank you so much . I will be back with more updates

---------

MEANWHILE, one of the families who have followed Simbarashe's case curiously like many others has sent me a case of their 6 year old son Proffessor Zidanda who is struggling with retinablastoma cancer. There is obviously no medical care to talk about in Zimbabwe. The poverty stricken parents are struggling to cope with Professor in their one roomed house. The parents are hopeful that if they go to South Africa or another country at least the medical team will do all they can to save their child's life or making the pain better in a health facility. They are crying to me everyday .I am kindly asking that you help us to share their Go Fund Me page which I have opened for them if you can so that we can assist with facilitating their journey to South Africa.

Below is their Go Fund Me page which shows a very desperate situation of a child writhing in pain while the parents watch hopelessly. This is their daily life.

https://www.gofundme.com/appeal-for-6-year-old-retinablastoma-cancer

Your help in sharing the appeal will be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your help once again.

https://www.gofundme.com/appeal-for-6-year-old-retinablastoma-cancer
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Videos: Simbarashe today 12 June 2019 in South Africa hospital : Not feeling well, tumour growing again and struggling to breathe

A very good evening to you all well wishers and donors. I hope I find you all well .This is Simbarashe today.

In the video Simbarashe is asking sisi Vee to bring him some goodies when she visits him in November. In one of the videos the mother is saying Simbarashe is struggling to breathe. In the 'background' as the mother is speaking Simbarashe can be heard breathing heavily (gasping for air). If you listen carefully you can hear him breathing heavily in and out. The mother goes on to say the tumour is growing again and spreading down the cheek. The eye that was of late opening has been closed again by the tumour. The mother adds that intially Simbarashe was responding to medication and the eye was uncovered for a while but now as the tumour is growing again the eye has been covered and his health keeps deteriorating.

In the second video the mother is saying Simbarashe's cheek is very swollen and where he was operated before the tumour is growing again and his whole face is swollen.

We are urgently making arrangements for the father to visit the family in South Africa for a few days next week or the week after. Thank you very much for providing us with the funds to afford all these costs. Since the father has never been to South Africa we are arranging that he goes with someone.We have asked mhamha Vero ( the volunteer in South Africa) helping the family to look for accomodation for Simbarashe's father and the other visitor at a nearby lodge or guest house. We are affording all these costs because of your donations. We dont have enough words to thank all of you who are seeing us through this difficult time. Thank you so much for your kindness. May you all be blessed.

We are hoping for the best for Simbarashe but it looks like something is terribly wrong (medically). We are not sure if the second surgery is still an option. We are still waiting for updates from the medical team.
As previously informed by the medical team Simbarashe is supposed to finish the 10 weeks chemotherapy this week after which surgery will be considered .

Your prayers are greatly appreciated as well. Thank you so much.

I will be back with more updates

Family
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Images: Simbarashe today 12 June 2019 in South Africa hospital : Not feeling well, tumour growing again and struggling to breathe

A very good evening to you all well wishers and donors. I hope I find you all well .This is Simbarashe today.

In the video Simbarashe is asking sisi Vee to bring him some goodies when she visits him in November. In one of the videos the mother is saying Simbarashe is struggling to breathe. In the 'background' as the mother is speaking Simbarashe can be heard breathing heavily (gasping for air). If you listen carefully you can hear him breathing heavily in and out. The mother goes on to say the tumour is growing again and spreading down the cheek. The eye that was of late opening has been closed again by the tumour. The mother adds that intially Simbarashe was responding to medication and the eye was uncovered for a while but now as the tumour is growing again the eye has been covered and his health keeps deteriorating.

In the second video the mother is saying Simbarashe's cheek is very swollen and where he was operated before the tumour is growing again and his whole face is swollen.

We are urgently making arrangements for the father to visit the family in South Africa for a few days next week or the week after. Thank you very much for providing us with the funds to afford all these costs. Since the father has never been to South Africa we are arranging that he goes with someone.We have asked mhamha Vero ( the volunteer in South Africa) helping the family to look for accomodation for Simbarashe's father and the other visitor at a nearby lodge or guest house. We are affording all these costs because of your donations. We dont have enough words to thank all of you who are seeing us through this difficult time. Thank you so much for your kindness. May you all be blessed.

We are hoping for the best for Simbarashe but it looks like something is terribly wrong (medically). We are not sure if the second surgery is still an option. We are still waiting for updates from the medical team.
As previously informed by the medical team Simbarashe is supposed to finish the 10 weeks chemotherapy this week after which surgery will be considered .

Your prayers are greatly appreciated as well. Thank you so much.

I will be back with more updates

Family
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