The Karen Buchler Cancer Fund

Cause Profile

Website http://www.karenfund.co.za

PLEASE DONATE NOW TO HELP SAVE KAREN'S LIFE - SHE NEEDS R 1 300 000 FOR HER TREATMENT AND A FURTHER R 1 400 000 FOR A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT. IN TOTAL WE MUST RAISE R 2 700 000 (US$ 318 894)

LIKE ALL OF US SHE DOES NOT WANT TO DIE - BE PART OF A MIRACLE

WHO IS KAREN BUCHLER

Karen Buchler (Vosloo) is a 24 year old woman in South Africa. Karen was diagnosed with cancer in June 2007. She had to give up her law studies in her first year and since then she is in a battle against Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

She has exhausted all possible chemo therapy, had five operations and two unsuccessful stem cell transplants. During April 2011 she was told by her Oncologist that she is terminally ill and that they could do nothing any more to cure her from cancer. They send her home to spend her last months with her family and loved one's.

It has now been one year since her "death sentence" and by God's Grace Karen is still alive and with us although she is now rapidly getting weaker by the day.

NEW HOPE

A new drug named Brentuximab Vedotin (SGN-35) was registered in November 2011 in the USA after clinical trials with a high success rate.

It has not been registered in any country outside the USA to date. This drug was developed specifically for patients like Karen, who have no hope to recover from Refractory Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

This SGN-35 can be obtained under a managed Named Patients Programme (NPP) from IDIS (the only global distributor in England).

We are receiving assistance from Professor Paul Ruff at Wits University (Johannesburg. South Africa) who is in touch with IDIS and is arranging for the importation of the drug and the approval from the local medical authorities.

Professor Ruff will oversee Karen's therapy with this new drug in Johannesburg.

BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT

Should the above therapy be successful a bone marrow transplant would be necessary to finally get rid of the cancer. This transplant must take place within nine months after her cancer has been in remission. The transplant will be done in Cape Town once a donor has been found.

COSTS AND FUNDRAISING TARGET

The drug is extremely expensive to obtain and will cost:

€ 106 656 = R 1 120 000 (one million one hundred and twenty thousand rand) for the maximum of 16 treatments. Other local costs such as hospital and PET Scans amount to about R 180 000. The total cost for the treatment will therefore be around R 1 300 000.

The treatments must take place every 21 days. We are allowed to order the treatments in batches and the ideal would be to set a short term target to raise funds sufficient to order a first batch of 6 cycles at € 6 666 per cycle.

Our first target is R 420 000 plus R 67 500 = R 487 500

This will allow us at least two and a half months to raise funds to order the second batch of at least 4 treatments.

Our second target is then R 280 000 plus R 45 000 = R 325 000 and a

Final target of R 420 000 plus R 67 500 = R 487 500.

The bone marrow transplant will cost between R 800 000 and R 1 400 000 according to Prof Ruff.

To completely get rid of the cancer we need:

For the Brentuximab Vedotin (SGN-35) treatment : R 1 300 000

For the bone marrow transplant : R 1 400 000

Total amount required : R 2 700 000

Factors that will play a role in the final amount required are:

a) The exchange rate between the Rand and the Euro. If it goes above R 10.50 for a Euro, we will pay more. If it goes below R10.50 for a Euro, we will pay less;

b) It could happen that Karen won't need all sixteen treatments but say only ten treatments. Then there will be a huge saving;

c) Because of her size it could mean that she would need a doses smaller than the average for every cycle; and

d) For the bone marrow transplant it depends whether the donor is from South Africa or from an overseas country.

FUNDRAISING

A voluntary association (VA) was formed amongst friends and family to serve as a support group to raise funds for Karen's treatment. The association is in the process of being registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) with the Department of Social Development.
All funds that will be raised prior to the registration of the NPO will be paid into a trust account of our attorney, Bennie Botha.

PAYMENT METHODS

The following payment methods can be used to become a member of Karen's Support Group:

(a) Donate online on this website.

(b) South African donors can donate by either direct deposit or by EFT into the Attorney's trust account :

Name of Account : Bennie Botha Attorneys

Name of Bank : ABSA

Account Number : 4050128430

Branch Code : CRESTA, 516805

Reference : K0063

Corporate and business donors that want an invoice must just send and email to membership@karenfund.co.za Mention the amount of the donation and provide full particulars such as Name, Address and other contact details.

Once the Fund is registered you will be provided with a Tax Receipt that complies with the section 18A of the Income Tax Act, 1962.

DONATE NOW AND GIVE KAREN HOPE TO BE CURED AND TO LOOK FORWARD TO A HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIFE WITH HER HUSBAND DUANE AND ALL HER LOVED ONES.

ANY BODY WITH QUESTIONS IS WELCOME TO CONTACT KAREN'S FATHER NOLLIE VOSLOO AT : +2772 386 8959 OR

+27129913743 After hours. Emails can go to membership@karenfund.co.za

Also visit Karen's website at : http://www.karenfund.co.za

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