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Cause page created in the Health category by Rose Duncan for Brigitte Duncan

$26,590 of $115,500 goal
Given by 92 generous donors in 13 days

We are trying to raise money for our much loved Brigie Duncan to assist in her medication Keytruda which will improve and prolong her life.

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Recently, I saw an image of a Colin McCahon painting titled, ‘I’m scared, I stand up’, and it made me reflect upon my resilient and tenacious sister-in-law, Brigie Duncan, who is confronting a stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis.

She has never spurned a challenge, particularly when it involves helping others (specifically children). At her home, last year, she dedicated six months to rehabilitating her mother who suffered a serious stroke. Without a whinge or a murmur of complaint about her own health, she worked lovingly on her mother’s mental and physical wellbeing, until she finally returned to her own home.

Personally, Brigie has withstood life changing vicissitudes along the way: none worse than this diagnosis. With real mettle, never scared, she has been relied upon to stand up. Yet, when a Givealittle page was suggested to raise assistance to fund Keytruda which will improve and prolong her life, she shirked; she flinched; she felt deeply uneasy. Publicly asking for financial assistance is nerve-racking. It takes humility to another level.

We all know this trajectory could be ours sometime. So, I hope you will feel the nudge to contribute. It may help Brigie see her children marry; hold her grandchildren; and attain the age of a superannuant.

Empirical data proves that Keytruda is effective.

PLEASE STAND WITH US and allay Brigie’s fears.

Rose Duncan's involvement (page creator)

I have been Brigie’s sister-in-law for nearly 45 years so have witnessed a good part of her life. Her role as a positive and stabilising force within her large family humbles me. Her selflessness is unrivalled. We all need her.

Use of funds

The funds raised through givealittle will go to Brigie’s medication which is not funded by the government in New Zealand. Any extra money will go toward helping others fighting cancer.

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Latest update

Update One  6 May 2021

Posted by: Rose Duncan

To all Brigie’s benefactors/ contributors/ generous persons...

Just an update on how we are tracking. As you can see we are burgeoning at $... which bodes well for attaining our target.

And, the good news: Brigie has been given the option of a cheaper immunotherapy with the same efficacy as Keytruda, reducing our target by $20,000.

Furthermore, Brigie has been told of a nurse diagnosed with the same condition four years ago, treated with the same medication, and has now returned to work. It helps reassure we are on the right path.

Speaking to Brigie this morning made it clear she is riding a roller coaster of emotions; profoundly humbled and uplifted by this ‘community of kindness’. She wishes to thank each one of you with sincere and deep feeling.

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Latest donations

Guest Donor
Guest Donor 13 hours ago
Kelly 1 day ago
All our love and positive energy Kelly and Simon xxx
Don and Shirley Wards
Don and Shirley Wards 2 days ago
Beach Church
Beach Church 2 days ago
With love
Guest Donor
Guest Donor 3 days ago

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Paying to a verified bank account of Brigitte Duncan

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