Cancer battles can be expensive, especially for private treatments, but thankfully a group of golfers have lent a helping swing to PJ Opperman, who is fighting Stage 4 Melanoma.
South Africa (09 September 2021) – 25-year-old PJ Opperman has had a bit of a rollercoaster year so far, healthwise, but thanks to a collection of golfers, it is about to get a whole lot better.
Late last year, PJ started feeling ill and noticed he was losing weight. By the new year, he felt worse, like he had constant stomach flu, but it lasted too long. PJ decided to visit the doctor to get a better idea of what was going on.
He had several appointments with the doctor and, after some time, was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma cancer of the stomach.
Not having medical aid, PJ visited Steve Biko Academic Hospital, but sadly, the only treatment left for him is not provided by the government hospital. He would have to do private treatments, which cost R 82 000 each. The doctors recommended a total of six treatments.
The treatment is called Immunotherapy, which is used to boost the immune system while fighting cancer.
PJ’s family and friends rallied to raise the funds needed to cover the cost of the treatments. They held bake sales, garage sales and took every opportunity to add to the funding. It worked, and they were able to cover four of the six treatments. PJ has responded well so far, so getting the last two is key.
“We sell food, we sell raffle tickets, we have Back-a-Buddy and it’s a fight I’ll never give up. Last week we emptied our accounts to get him his fourth treatment.”
With the last two needed, PJ’s mom Annelie Opperman wrote to the Jacaranda FM Good Morning Angels to ask for a helping hand. Gert Scheepers, CEO of the ICC Group, heard the plea, and the group dedicated their company golf day to PJ and managed to raise the full amount for the last two treatments.
“Jacaranda FM, Good Morning Angels, Gert Scheepers and ICC group have brought a relief that I can’t express. I have no words. Thank you very, very much”
The family are so thankful for all the help they have received since PJ got his diagnosis.
“Annelie is one of those iron-women whose fighting spirit and courage have inspired us.” Gert Scheepers – CEO of ICC group”