Little fighters stories:
Please feel free to read all the stories of our little fighters. PLEASE NOTE: Not all the photographs in our Little Fighters Albums are nice to look at. Some of the photographs depict the horrid realities of Childhood Cancer. Sensitive viewers should be mindful.
Heini van Straaten
This is not the normal story off a child with brain cancer. This story of Heini goes along with a lot of tears. We have met Heini and he is a wonderful positive little boy. Heini does not deserve what has happened to him and his mother, but please read their story.
Heini's mother, Lize and father, Adriaan got married when they were older. Heini was born and they were a very happy family.
Heini's dad Adriaan died when he was 1 year and 4 months old. He had a massive stroke. (I believe Adriaan was in his late 30's or early 40's when he died)
Now Lize (who was adopted) was alone with her baby. When Heini was 3 years old and during November 2012 the doctors diagnosed him with - Epidymoma. A Malignant brain cancer. Heini had his brain operation during November 2012 in Red Cross Hospital for children. After that he had to go for the treatment (radiation) this took everybody by surprise and poor Heini was very sick every time. During this period Heini lost contact with all this friends, which he misses a lot. He is most off the time alone and playing by himself. There is no money to send Heini to attend a pre-school.
As Lize was with her sick child in hospital she had to choose between her job and her sick child. Lize chose her child and then lost her job.
You can understand the strain Lize had to take being jobless with a very sick child and lots of accounts.
Lize lost everything and she and Heini moved into a dear friend’s house to share a room. Mother and child sleep on a double bed and now they are living off donations. Lize could not find a job as Heini is still too sick.
This is not yet the end of the story. Lize is now struggling with depression due to all the strain she had to take.
Heini now have problems with his eyes and they have to be in Red Cross Hospital on the 8th of April 2014 for an eye operation. This was due to the cancer and brain tumour the doctors removed as I understand.
Heini is 5y old now, and there is something growing back where the other tumour was removed. They are going back to Red Cross children’s hospital on the 6th of May 2015.
Heini must go to Groote Schuur braintumor clinic on 28th of august 2015 for radiation.