November 27, 2020

SA Woman Raises Money for Cancer-Stricken Toddler

A South African woman is appealing for funds to help a toddler receive life-saving cancer treatment.

Two-year-old Luzuko Mtande of eSwatini suffers from high-risk neuroblastoma, with which he was diagnosed in March this year.

Although he already received chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant, Mtande also requires radiation therapy from Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg as part of his treatment.

However, because they are not South African citizens, his family cannot receive government funding for his treatment, so they have to fund his treatment themselves.

Touched by the toddler’s story, Nadia Lewis launched a campaign in Mtande’s name on the crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy.

So far, her appeal has raised nearly R100 000 in donations, with R40 000 still to go.

As Lewis wrote: “Any donation, big or small, will be highly appreciated as the radiotherapy will assist in consolidating the treatment and a chance of cure for [Mtande’s] high-risk malignancy.”

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