To a very strong and wonderful friend, Yolandie
We wish you a very very Happy Birthday today and many many more!
We hope you had a great celebration with your family and especially with Ruan
I look up to you in so many ways - your determination, strength , courage and faith are such an example to us all. You are the most amazing Mom to Ruan and he loves you so very very much!
God Bless and lots of love
Mark, Samm, Deqlan, Logan and all the family
WE FIRST MET RUAN AND YOLANDIE WHEN DEQLAN WAS HAVING CHEMO IN THE MIDDLE OF LAST YEAR AND WE INSTANTLY BECAME GREAT FRIENDS WITH THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY. DEQLAN AND RUAN ALSO TOOK GREAT INTEREST IN EACH OTHER , BUT CONTACT HAD TO BE LIMITED WHILE BOTH THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEMS WHERE UNDER PRESSURE DURING CHEMO.
RUAN TURNS 2 IN JULY THIS YEAR - HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA IN APRIL 2007. RUAN DESPERATELY NEEDS TO GET A STEM CELL TRANSPLANT. HE IS CURRENTLY HAVING CHEMOTHERAPY UNTIL HE IS IN REMISSION, HE CURRENTLY IS DOWN TO 2% BONE MARROW INVOLVEMENT. AS SOON AS ITS 0% AGAIN WE NEED TO MOVE IN AND DO THE TRANSPLANT. 14 MATCHES HAVE BEEN LOCATED INTERNATIONALLY , BUT FURTHER TESTING NEEDS TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO CONFIRM THEY ARE EXACT MATCHES. RUANS MEDICAL AID ONLY COVERS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HIS EXPENSES, AND THIS FAMILY DESPERATELY NEED HELP TO COPE WITH THEIR MEDICAL BILLS AND DAY TO DAY LIVING COSTS. YOLANDIE IS A SINGLE MOM AND CAN NOT WORK AS SHE HAS TO LOOK AFTER RUAN . THIS FAMILY TRAVEL FROM VEREENIGING NEARLY 2 HOURS AWAY TO COME FOR TREATMENT AT THE MARY POTTER ONCOLOGY CENTRE.
THE FAMILY HAVE DECIDED TO TRY AND RAISE AS MUCH FUNDS AS THEY CAN TO SAVE THEIR LITTLE RUAN, AND WE INTEND TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO HELP THEM. THEY ARE CURRENTLY PUTTING BEAUTIFULLY PACKAGED GOODIE BASKETS TOGETHER, WITH BILTONG AND NUTS AND SWEETS ETC , AND THESE ARE RAFFLED OFF AT R10 A TICKET. WE TOOK OUR FIRST BASKET TODAY AND MARK TOOK IT TO HIS ANNUAL GOLF DAY AT THE RANGE, AND WE MANAGED TO GET A FANTASTIC RESPONSE AND RAISED R1200!!!!!!!
WE PLAN TO CONTINUE HELPING GORGEOUS RUAN IN ANYWAY WE CAN
WE ARE HOPING TO DO ANOTHER GIFT BASKET OF GOODIES AND ASK YOU IF BY ANYWAY POSSIBLE YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS WARRIOR, FOR R10 AN ENTRY - WE WILL KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITH ALL OUR PROJECTS AIMED AT HELPING RUAN
HAVE A VERY BLESSED WEEKEND, PLEASE KEEP THE PRAYERS GOING FOR DEQLAN AND ALL THE WARRIORS AROUND THE WORLD
GOD BLESS AND LOTS OF LOVE
MARK, SAMM, DEQLAN
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future