Marlene Gets a Holiday Inbetween Cancer Treatments

Marlene Gets a Holiday Inbetween Cancer Treatments

Russell wrote into Christmas Wish on behalf of his ex-wife Marlene.

Marlene was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer, had a major operation to remove the ovary followed by 6 sessions of chemotherapy, which caused her to lose all of her hair. A year and a half later the cancer returned, and Marlene found herself back in chemo, and again lost her hair.

Thereafter the doctor put her on a compassionate care program to take Olaparib daily to keep the cancer away, which unfortunately didn’t work. Nine weeks ago Marlene was re-diagnosed with cancer in the spleen and peritoneum of the liver. They removed her spleen in a big operation and some modules out of the liver, a week later she was back in hospital with a large blood clot, which they had to remove, and she is still recovering as it’s not gone completely.

She is currently doing chemo again this weakens her physically. All this while her Mom is battling throat cancer and Marlene’s twin sister passed away 16 years ago of breast cancer when she was about 32 years old. It’s hit Marlene very hard.


Russell says that Marlene is the strongest woman he knows, she’s brave, never complains and does not feel sorry for herself. She’s grateful to be alive and for all that she has, especially for their two children, Samantha 21, and Brandon 19.

Financially she is struggling, and Russell would love to send Marlene and their kids on a holiday.

Compliments of Thornybush we are sending Marlene and her two children to Thornybush for 4 days.


Shawn With Cerebral Palsy Gets a Wish Beyond His Wildest Dreams

Shawn With Cerebral Palsy Gets a Wish Beyond His Wildest Dreams

Wendy wrote into Christmas Wish to nominate her cousin Shawn. When Shawn was born on he took one breath, then stopped breathing. It took the OBGYN and 4 assistants 45 minutes to eventually clear the mucous from his mouth and throat before they could get him breathing again. As a result of the time it took to get him breathing again, Shawn ended up with cerebral palsy. He has never been able to walk and has a speech impediment which makes it difficult to understand him, but he is the most patient person and will repeat himself again and again to help you understand him! Sadly, his brain is really good, but he is literally a prisoner in his own body.

However, this has not deterred Shawn in the slightest from trying to live his best life. I have never seen Shawn without a smile on his face, and he is up for every challenge thrown at him – he has even been bungee jumping off the Soweto towers!

Shawn has an incredible love for music, he’s a DJ and his stage name is DJ SPAZ. Every year he DJ’s at the KES rugby festival, as well as at their home games. He’s also been playing regularly at the Sharks supporters club in Fairlands (which Wendy is sure we can forgive him for 😉) and is also the resident DJ every Friday at the Brazen Head restaurant in Edenvale.


Obviously there is very little extra in terms of money in this family due to the expenses incurred with Shawn, and both his parents, mom Coleen and dad Patrick, in their 60’s, still work and help Shawn with his daily bathing, dressing and eating requirements. His dad still has to carry him around sometimes, which is really difficult at this age. With the money Shawn has managed to save over the last few years he has recently bought himself a new computer to run his DJ’ing business off, but he has no other decent equipment to go with it. Shawn has started saving again for disco lights, a mixer and some new speakers.

Hot 91.9 love the fact that Shawn shares our passion for music and that despite his challenges and disability he has taken his passion and used it to generate income and be as independent as possible.

We have arranged with Audiosure to deliver speakers, stands, cables, mixer and lighting 

 (sold to us at a great discount) to the value of R16,000.00 which was paid for by Hot Cares.

Daughter Caring for Mother With Dementia Gets a Helping Hand

Daughter Caring for Mother With Dementia Gets a Helping Hand

Jasmine wrote into Christmas Wish on behalf of her boyfriend’s mother, Lesley. Lesley is 58 years old and is currently the sole caregiver to her 80-year-old mother who currently has dementia and has a pacemaker.

Jasmine believes that Lesly needs a Christmas miracle and this is why…

She has been unemployed for the last year, she is barely getting by with monthly essentials and rent, and she spends most of her time caring for her sick mother. Jasmine tries to help her where she can but sometimes it’s just not enough. Lesley’s mother has been ill with flu of late, she is overdue to see a cardiologist for her pacemaker and the bills are stacking up. Lesley has to shower her mother and change her diapers and often doesn’t have any energy to put into her own life. The diapers are costly. Before her mother retired she had medical aid and these kind of expenses were never an issue. Lesley’s mother needs someone with her 24/7 as she cannot walk on her own and will fall someone doesn’t hold her. A home for Lesley’s mother is out of the question as the family cannot afford it.

Lelsey has done so much with running the house while she herself has the flu. Her life has come tumbling down from where she was 4 years ago owning 2 properties and living a very comfortable life, but all that has changed. Buying necessities is an issue, normal things people take for granted in their homes. Lesley has been everyone’s rock and right now she needs a helping hand.

Hot Cares are giving Lesley a voucher for adult diapers to the value of R10,000.00 and grocery vouchers to the value of R5,000.00

Unemployed Mom’s Daughter Get’s a Beautiful Christmas

Unemployed Mom’s Daughter Get’s a Beautiful Christmas

Sandra wrote into Christmas Wish about her daughter, Shianne.

Sandra is a single mom who struggles financially, she is currently unemployed, and has been so for over a year. She and her daughter currently live with her parents who are both living off of SASSA pensions.

She has a wonderful little girl and often sits with tears in her eyes thinking of what she wishes she could give to her child, but can’t. Earlier this year her daughter was paging through the famous Toys R Us flyer and Sandra just had tears running down her face as she knew that this year she wouldn’t be able to fulfil any of her daughters wishes.

With the new school year around the corner, Sandra has had to look at the cost of uniforms and book packs, and while she would like o skip on one of those and get her daughter a present to put a smile on her face, she simply can’t. So she wrote into Hot 91.9.

A few things we found out along the way are that Shianne is currently way too big for her bicycle, and she would love a makeover of her room, so the Christmas Wish Team decided to step in and put a smile on a young girls face.

Bunny went to their home in Brakpan with new décor bought for Shianne’s room by Hot Cares, which included anew bed, bedding, the works. We also went one step further and got her a new bicycle! Plus to help her mom out, we gave her a R2000 shopping to ensure they have a nice Christmas meal.

Zara Gets to Hear a Whole New World

Zara Gets to Hear a Whole New World

2-year-old Zara was diagnosed with a bilateral profound hearing loss. The team from the Johannesburg Cochlear Implant Centre determined that Zara is a good candidate for cochlear implant and recommended that she should get implants as soon as possible. The cost of these assessments, therapy and implantation are high and if a family chooses to go the cochlear implant route, they need to be able to commit to at least three years of speech therapy and the maintenance of the device. The probable cost for all intervention falls between R500 000.00 (one ear) and R800 000.00 if both ears are implanted.

Zara has always been an energetic baby reaching all her milestones way before time. A few months after Zara had turned 1, her family began worrying about her lack of speech. Many people told her parents that it would come, she was still young. But they weren’t satisfied so they took her to a few different paediatricians, all with the same result, she’s still young, she’s too busy and the obvious fact that she did what we would ask her to, gave them no signs of concern. She always had her own way of communicating with us and getting her point across – a feisty little girl.

Her parents were not convinced and decided to take her to an ENT, Dr Lalla at Lenmed. He had a middle ear test done, which showed no real signs of concern, however to put my heart at rest, he referred them to an audiologist for further testing.

She did an inner ear test of which the results were “inconclusive”, she was almost certain that further testing needed to be done, arranged an urgent appointment at the Ear Institute of Pretoria for Zara to have an ABR test done (An Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) is a test an audiologist can perform which measures your brain’s response to sound. It uses electrodes placed in strategic locations on the head to determine how well your acoustic nerve transmits the signal representing sound from the cochlea to the brain). She needed to be sedated for this test, as you are required to be very still and the duration is about an hour long. Zara’s mother sobbed all the way leading up to this day and for that hour she was in complete panic mode, already playing out the different scenarios in her head.

Then it was confirmed Zara was diagnosed with Sensorineural Hearing Loss which occurs when the hearing organ, the Cochlea, and/or the auditory nerve is damaged or malfunctions, so it is unable to accurately send the electrical information to the brain. In Zara’s case, the problem lies with her nerves (hair cells) within the Cochlear.

The pledge of R100,000.00 that Netcare made towards Teddython 2019 is being put towards Zara’s hearing, as well as a further R280,000.00 from Netcare towards medical assistance.

The operation will go ahead today!

Hot Cares making a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us.