Marion Peake of Helping Those in Need (HTIN) is fighting for her life after a 2018 diagnosis of breast cancer.
She has undergone a double mastectomy and has developed swelling on the brain along with cervix complications.
She has no medical aid due to a lack of finances.
Peake is in need of an expensive positron emission tomography (PET scan), which can cost upward of R20,000.
The scan is an early detection test that would allow doctors to see more clearly where the cancer cells in Peake’s body are.
A GoGetFunding campaign launched on Saturday May 30 had managed to raise R20,000 by Monday morning from 36 individual donations.
“I am overwhelmed by the love shown. Thank you to everyone who has supported.
“The Pet Scan will mean a lot as it shows a full report on your whole body,” she said.
Peake and her husband, Matthew, are the founders of HTIN, an East London-based NGO dedicated to helping the needy with food parcels, community outreach, fostering and advocacy programmes.
The couple are also foster parents.
“We would truly appreciate the community’s help. Normally, we never ask for ourselves but we are faced with this situation that’s caused so much depression, anxiety, sleepless nights and emotional roller coaster rides from oestrogen and chemo,” Peake said.
“Cancer is not an easy walk as you never know when your walk can end. It’s a feeling no one can understand unless you have walked with cancer or a loved one has cancer.”
To contribute to Marion’s Go Get Funding campaign, visit https://gogetfunding.com/cancer-pet-scan-fundraiser/#.
While the money raised so far will enable her to recieve a PET scan, any funds over and above will go towards ongoing treatment.
She can be contacted on 072-348-4528.