LottoStar donates R50,000 to help 16-year-old boy and his family.Charity
LottoStar’s How Lucky Can You Get? competition with Jacaranda FM have donated R50,000 to help Reece and his family. For the past six years, Reece from Benoni, has been fighting a brave battle. At the age of 10, he was diagnosed with a very rare disease called Gorlin Goltz Syndrome, for which there is no known cure in South Africa. Reece is one of only three known cases in South Africa and his is the worst.
Reece’s condition is also known as Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome and is completely multi system. It has affected many of his body parts, tumours have formed mostly in his jaw. Over 40 tumours have had to be removed from his body. He also suffers from other auto immune diseases and conditions that increase the risk of him developing various cancerous and non-cancerous tumours.
Due to Reece’s deteriorating health, his mom has become his constant caregiver for the past three years. His dad is the only employed parent, having to pay for their medical aid and the hospital bills. However, the family is struggling to keep up with all the expensive medical bills and they have fallen into arrears of R39,000.
The electricity in their home has been cut, they must use a generator to keep Reece’s oxygen machine running at night. Reece is unable to survive a single night without his oxygen.
Reece hasn’t lost any of his fighting spirit. He is adamant to finish matric and become a game ranger. His dire condition has made it difficult for him to attend school for a few years but thanks to a tutor and his hard work, he has been able to catch up and is working on completing grade 10 this year. He is right on schedule.
Thanks to LottoStar’s How Lucky Can You Get? competition with Jacaranda FM, we have donated R50,000 to Reece and his family to help settle outstanding medical bills, pay for more CTs, X-rays and MRIs. The funds will also help pay for his major reconstructive surgery towards the end of the year to rebuild his jaw and sinuses.