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Diane needs money for treatment

Diane Smith, a former Hoedspruit resident and hairdresser, urgently needs R250 000 for cancer treatment before it spreads to the rest of her body.

Smith, now living in Johannesburg, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in March. Her daughter, Jordin Young (24) created a Back-a-Buddy account to help raise money for her mother’s treatment. Smith was a resident of Hoedspruit for 12 years from 2010 to 2022 and owned Hooked On Hair in Hoedspruit. Young attended Hoedspruit Christian School and went to Merensky Agricultural Academy.

Diane Smith (47) with her daughters, Jaylin Smith (11) and Jordin Young (24). > Photo: Supplied

Her sister, Jaylin Smith (11), was a learner at Drakensig Primary School before they moved to Johannesburg. According to Young, Smith was diagnosed with stage 3A cancer which, according to doctors, means it is still contained and can be treated. “They said we are fortunate that we had caught it early on; if she was diagnosed later, it would have been a big problem,” said Young. She said that her mother does not have medical aid and her insurance will not cover treatment going forward.

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Young said they tried to get treatment from government hospitals but were told she could only start treatment in three months. “The doctors said that by that time it would be too late as it would have spread throughout her cervix,” said Young. “She is a single mother to my sister and me, and we do not have enough money to pay for her treatment. We are pleading to anyone who can help, with any amount, to please help us.

My sister is still young, and she is confused by everything that is happening,” she said. “Although our mom is a fighter, it is painful to watch her go through it,” she added. “My mother is a devoted friend to many; however, she needs financial help. Thank you to everyone willing to donate.” Thus far they have managed to raise R20 550 out of the R250 000 needed. Anyone who would like to donate can go to Back-a-Buddy and search for Help Get Diane Treated.

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