Rare Cancer | 4-year-old Janique needs gene-targeted therapy in Texas to save her life A life-long battle with Neuroblastoma

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Janique Venter, a fun-loving 4-year-old young girl from Bloemfontein, was diagnosed with stage 3 Neuroblastoma Cancer, at 6 months old.

With this form of cancer, tumours develop from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body. 

Thus far, none of the chemotherapy treatments available in South Africa has been effective for Janique, and because of the placement of her tumour, which is on the right side of her neck, surgery would be life-threatening.

Although Janique’s health is rapidly deteriorating as her tumour grows, she doesn’t know the severity of her condition or that she has cancer. 

“Janique always has a smile on her face, despite the pain of the many procedures she’s had to endure since she was a baby. We can’t bring ourselves to tell our little one that she has cancer. We tell her that she has a ‘bug’, that Jesus is busy taking away” – says Janique’s mom, Nadine.

To assist the Venter family, Karin Harmse, founder of Arms of Mercy NPC, is on a mission to help Janique get to Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas, for gene-targeted therapy through antineoplaston, which has been used to treat neuroblastoma with highly promising results.

Through the launch of crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy, Karin is appealing to the public for support, to help cover the cost of the trip to Boston, as well as the treatment, estimated to cost over R750 000, which is Janique’s ‘last chance’.

“Janique has waited for over 15 months for her miracle and time is running out. She is very close to my heart and my heart just can’t bear the pain anymore. Please open your hearts for this cancer warrior who is in dire need of your help and share her story far and wide” – Karin

Donate to Janique Via BackaBuddy: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/karin-harmse

Alternatively, Via Snapscan: https://pos.snapscan.io/qr/KarinHarmse

For Updates, visit Janique’s Facebook page

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