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Help Andrew beat the Big C

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Daimler Teves for Andrew Porteous

  • $183,186.55 donated
  • 1,049 generous donors

Please help our best mate Andrew Porteous in his mission to conquer Stage 4 Oesophageal Cancer.

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Andrew’s world has turned upside down after being diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer in October, just two weeks after his son Martin was born, and one week before he was to start his new job. He had been making the most of his time off over the last few weeks spending time with his 3-year old daughter Lauren while his wife Emma gave birth to Martin.

The prognosis for his condition is dreadful. The cancer is particularly aggressive and it’s spread to different places in his body. Untreated, the doctors have said an average person with his type of cancer only has 6 months to live, and treated, just 12 months. The odds are against him, but we believe Andrew is the exception. We just need to help him get there.

A keen surfer, swimmer and ultimate kiwi handyman, Andrew is a fit and healthy 33-year old with a large support network.

And thanks to the love of his friends and family, has the self-belief and determination to beat this. The docs have said he’s had this cancer for a while, but has had excellent performance with the symptoms so far, meaning his body is up for the fight.

But the fight won’t be easy. His health insurance company will cover some cost of chemotherapy but will not cover the costs of the medicine Herceptin. Pharmac has rejected his application for funding because this medicine has only been proven to sufficiently improve the prognosis of women who have breast cancer (who Pharmac will cover). Now he’s looking at whopping bills to cover his medication which will help to prolong his life and help his young family cope with the type of news that we all hope we will never have to hear.

It’s these difficult times in life where we rely on our support network and the kindness of strangers to step up and do everything they can to help. All the money from this Givealittle campaign will go towards Andrew’s fight.

***UPDATE 19 December 2017***

As Andrew mentioned, we really love all the support you've all given Andrew throughout over the last 12 months.

Because chemotherapy and herceptin wasn't successful, Andrew is now looking towards alternative treatments to fight cancer and to also ensure his family are taken care of in the future. So we will be using the funds generated to help with those.

Page created by:

Daimler Teves

Individual
Auckland

I'm a friend of Andrew who is setting this page to help his fight with Oesophageal Cancer

All funds raised benefit:

Andrew Porteous

Individual
Auckland

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Andrew Porteous.

“Keep your fight Andrew, don't give up! I cant even imagine what you and your family are going through, just hope that our thoughts about you make you feel a bit better. You're truly inspiring,Andrew! You will be in these 30% -there is no doubt, cause you've always been a winner! take care”
“Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family Andrew”
“Thinking of you and your family X”
“Andrew + Emma we are so saddened to hear the news, you are both such genuine nice people. Our thoughts are with you and we wish you all the best on the road to recovery.”
“Hi Andrew, I don't know you but when I saw your give-a-little page, my heart went out to you and your family. Jesus has a message for you. Pray to God and He will show you.”
“God Bless You Andrew.”
“Andrew, fight hard. Kia Kaha.”
“Your resilience is inspirational. Enjoy your time with your family. With love, Ali, Jen and Atticus Sherlock xxx”
“It was heart wrenching to see my cousin, Francis, in tears as he explained your current health and years of friendship. Praying for God's healing over your life and strength during these trying times. Much alofas to you and your family xox”
“Good luck on your journey...hoping lots of good developments come your way”
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This cause page was created on 04 Nov 2016 and closed at 00:00 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 30 Jun 2018.

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