A bone for the backbone

Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Oct 15, 2018

Hi Guys,


It's been a while since I updated you all on Francis and I wish this update were more positive.

Francis had been doing physiotherapy for his leg and begun to notice pain after each session. Initially he chalked it up to inactivity and his body adjusting to movement. After the pain persisted and he noticed some swelling the doctors ordered x-Rays to be done. Initially his X-Rays showed no issues but upon further investigation and an ultrasound of the left hip the doctors found a reoccurrence of the tumor. A further CT was done which confirmed a left proximal femoral residual tumor with sclerosing metastatic lesions in the left inguinal region.

For those of you (like me) to whom this medical lingo is confusing, what this means is that another tumor has developed, this time around the groin area left of the leg. It's on the same leg that he was operated on but in a different location. What this means for Francis now is more chemotherapy and another surgery. This news is extremely disheartening given that Francis had been on the road to recovery. So here I am once again, asking you all to pray for Francis, to share his story and continue to donate whatever you can.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On May 21, 2018

Thanks to the amazing generosity of so many of you, we are so close to reaching our target with only $546 to go! AMAZING! Francis is so overhwelmed by the love and support he's received from so many. He's in good spirits and preparing for his final cycle of chemotherapy which begins today. On behalf of him I'd like to thank you all for your compassion. You've all been a blessing to Francis be it through your prayers or donations or through spreading the word. May God richly bless you.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Apr 17, 2018

Hi all.

Some news: Francis is back in Uganda.

We were able to work out an agreement with the hospital with which he has the outstanding balance having placed another payment towards the bill and leaving some security. This was necessary because Francis had to return to Uganda for his chemotherapy so as not to undo the positive effects of the surgery. He has since undergone various blood tests and check ups to prepare him for chemo.

Following his check up the doctors found that his HB was low and he has been put on a diet aimed at restoring his HB. Following on from a review he is hoping to be able to start chemo.

Thank you all who have and continue to support. Please continue to share this story and help me ease the financial aspect of this gruelling journey for Francis, leaving him to focus on the chemotherapy.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Apr 05, 2018

Hello everyone!

I know I’ve been a little quiet but I’d like to update you on Francis. He is still in Rwanda in hospital due to the outstanding bill. We’ve had some amazingly generous donors over all platforms and with each day the bill diminishes a bit more. He still however has an outstanding balance of RWF 2,132,465 roughly £1,780.

Although this sum seems large I know it’s attainable given how far we’ve come in helping Francis. He remains positive and in great spirits but is quite eager to return home.

So kindly I ask you to help me spread the word and let’s achieve this goal!

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Mar 12, 2018

Morning everyone,

Today I woke up to somewhat disheartening news from Francis in comparison to all the positive updates I've been sharing. As I had mentioned last week Francis was due to travel to Uganda and see his Oncologist however this could not happen because he still has an outstanding balance at the hospital. As you can see on the page itself we haven't quite reached our goal but we've come so far thanks to your incredible generosity.

Despite the graciousness of many of the hospital staff there is certain policy that must be adhered to and unlike we previously thought Francis cannot be allowed to move until the total balance is cleared including costs incurred since the operation.

What's more is that with every day that passes he is billed for his accommodation in the hospital, medications and meals. All of which wouldn't be an issue were he to travel back. As you can imagine this has been strenuous on Francis and his mother who is with him in Kigali.

Thanks to the help of so many who continue to donate via the several platforms we are putting small deposits on his bill everyday.

Nevertheless I implore you to continue to share this fundraiser. I truly believe Francis could be one share away to an amazing donation. You have all done so much for him so far and he is eternally grateful. I truly believe this goal is reachable, I simply need your help.

We are stronger together.

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Mar 08, 2018

Hi everyone! And Happy Women's Day to all the lovely ladies reading this.

I have another update on Francis. He has begun Physiotherapy which although helpful has left him in extreme pain coupled with the post surgery pain. I therefore ask you to keep him in your prayers.

He will be moving back to Uganda today and Friday is Oncology day at the hospital so he will be meeting his Oncologist for a review and to make a plan for his treatment and chemotherapy.

Thanks to your generous contributions and those of so many all over the world we have been able to make payments for daily hospital charges, partial payments for the surgery and various other hospital charges. He will need continued treatment in Uganda as well as medication.

I've been in communication with the billing department who have been gracious in their treatment of Francis and I believe with your continued support we will be able to reach our target and ensure that Francis can focus on recovering and the tough journey ahead. He sends his greetings and gratitude as always.

God Bless

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Mar 01, 2018

"Yesterday I had my first day of physiotherapy which was quite difficult but I promise I will manage slowly. Like I advised you- one day at a time. I hope to rest a bit and then send a video message to all those who have been so kind as to pray for me and donate to me, I am so humbled. I ask you to keep me in prayer as there is still a lot of pain. I will be having a full discussion with the billers but I am very sure with God's grace and provision we will be able to clear. God bless you "

I've asked the billing team to contact me with any future discussions because I think the last thing he needs right now is to be settling bills. His journey so far has already been MIRACULOUS and I KNOW we will be able to reach our target. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for all you've done so far. In my initial post I mentioned how struck I was by the generosity of someone who didn't know me from Adam and that sentiment is true again for each of you in one way or another. GOD BLESS YOU.

DONATE, SHARE, PRAY <3

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 26, 2018

Hi guys, I've got yet another update for you! I know, relentless right? Not as relentless as Gods goodness and Francis' fighting spirit however!

As I told you Francis left for Rwanda last week and I've got some more positive news. The doctors found that they would need to operate on Francis immediately due to the severity of the cancer. Thanks to all your prayers and help however and some generously kind and skilled medical staff he was able to do the operation with some initial deposits being paid through the donations we've received. I am therefore delighted to tell you that according to his doctor "the operation went as planned". Yeah you can cheer, I still am. The doctor however has taken some samples from the top part of Francis' thigh bone which connects to his hip and knee so please keep the prayers coming! We're hoping for some more good news with the results.

Although this is amazing news Francis still has to pay a tidy sum for the surgery itself and although he is currently in the High Dependency Unit of the ICU he will be moved to the ward later and will need to pay those charges. So I ask you to continue to stick around. It's been amazing to see how far one simple post can go and what it can do so please I urge you-share, donate and PRAY. I truly believe we can meet our target!

I'll be passing on a message from Francis himself as soon as he's able to get one to me.

THANK YOU ALL!

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 23, 2018

Hi guys,

Just to update you. One of our many amazing donors gave Francis a ticket to Kigali and he's on his way today to meet the doctors and have an initial assessment. I will keep you all posted on his progress. I ask you all to pray for him and for all the doctors that will attend to him. Please continue to share to anyone you can so we can reach our goal and ensure he will be able to afford the care he needs. Thank you for your continued support- Francis is overwhelmed and grateful by all you have done for him.

God bless

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Update posted by Sandra Kekirunga On Feb 21, 2018

Hi Everyone! I have an update from Francis below...

"Dear Sandra, I wanted to update you with the following:

before you intervened, having been unable to afford the treatment in India we begun to look for alternative options for the treatment, given that time is of the essence. One of the doctors at my place of work introduced me to a Doctor of Egyptian nationality who works in Egypt & Kigali, Rwanda whom he'd contacted whilst at a conference in Kigali.

The doctor is an Onco-orthopaedic surgeon operating on bones infected with cancer. Having recommended him to me I was able to talk with him and he offered to do the same surgery as that in India but in Kigali at King Faisal hospital at fairly cheaper price of $10,000 as oppose to the $36,000 for treatment in India.

Given the time sensitive nature of my issue I have decided to attempt to pursue this course of treatment if I am able to raise the funds as it seems more feasible. I thank you and all who have contributed for your continued prayers and support.

God Bless You,

Francis"

To echo Francis' sentiments I thank you all who have taken time to donate, pray and share. I ask you all to lift him and the doctors who will operate on him up in prayer. The target seems more attainable now and I am determined more than ever to reach this goal. Please continue to share with anyone you know. I will keep on updating you all.

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Get well Francis. Thanks for the wonderful work you do!

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