24 hour swim to raise money for Sarah’s cancer journey

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24 hour swim to raise money for Sarah’s cancer journey

Christchurch, Canterbury

At 6pm on Saturday the 8th of June 2024, the first of many swimmers will take part in a 24 hour swim to raise funds for their teammate from 20 years ago, Sarah Barr (nee Cuthill).

At the time, Sarah and her sister Laura became orphans when their mother, Barbara, succumbed to melanoma in six short months. Like her mother, Sarah was devastatingly diagnosed with stage three melanoma in August 2023 by chance, when an observant doctor noticed her arm while taking her one year old to the GP for an ear infection.

Since then, a huge fundraising effort has taken place to support Sarah with the treatment she needs. However, this is only the bare minimum for the ongoing treatment costs involved in her healing journey. The treatment that Sarah is currently undergoing is immunotherapy, which can be lifesaving, but is very costly and not funded in New Zealand.

So, we are going to swim for Sarah. In turn, we need you to donate to her healing journey. You can make a donation through this page, or if you know someone participating in the swim event you could sponsor them per length e.g. $10 per lap, and make your contribution at the conclusion of the event on Sunday the 9th of June 2024 at 6pm.

Sarah is a loving mum to her two beautiful children Emma (4) and Hugo (1). She wants to do everything she can to ensure her children don’t grow up without a mum as she did.

Thank you so much for your support!

Danielle Bowden-Smith's involvement (page creator)

Swim teammate/friend from 20+ years ago

Use of funds

Ongoing immunotherapy treatment (Pembrolizumab/Keytruda)

There is another page for Sarah here https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/help-our-beloved-sarah-heal-from-cancer

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This campaign started on 23 May 2024 and ends on 23 Aug 2024.