Community rallies behind Stellenbosch student (20) after devastating cancer diagnosis 

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Blaine Coetzee, a 20-year-old Stellenbosch University Engineering student, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). To help him and his family through this difficult time, his community has come together to lend him a helping hand.

“Blaine is a very active member of our community, is involved in numerous community activities, including our theatre, and was a WP baseball player and SA powerlifter.  He loves life, always has a smile and a good word for others, and is always ready to laugh. His positivity shines through, even in these trying times.” – says Samantha Taylor 

Blaine requires extensive testing prior to aggressive chemotherapy treatment in order to determine the extent of the spread of the NHL. Unfortunately, these tests are not covered by medical aid and neither he nor his family has the funds to cover them. 

To assist Blaine in his road to recovery, a crowdfunding campaign has been launched on BackaBuddy, which has already raised almost R123 000 towards his fundraising target of R150 000 with contributions from 272 donors both locally and abroad.

“At 20 years old the diagnosis alone is devastating. Add to that the costs involved and the stress that brings to him and his family? We cannot begin to imagine! But, despite the shocking diagnosis as well as the financial strain and uncertainty, Blaine is holding his head high, remaining positive, and is trying to be a source of strength and comfort to his family and friends. Reaching our target would mean that Blaine and his family can focus all of their energy on his recovery, without having to worry about the financial burden as well.” says Samantha

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All funds raised by Blaine’s BackaBuddy campaign will strictly be used to cover his ongoing medical expenses. Donations to date: R 122 852.68. Fundraising target: R 150 000.00

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