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Brent Shanks - A good guy - Help him beat Cancer

Cause page created in the Health category by Heidi Tapper for Brent and Tracey Shanks


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Given by 117 generous donors in 3 weeks

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Help Brent Shanks and his family raise $100,000 for immunotherapy treatment to beat his rare cancer squamous cell carcinoma.

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Tracey, Brent, Hannah and Emily, a loving family who lived a normal kiwi life. The girls are involved in dance and sport with Tracey coaching netball and Brent a keen Mountain biker. In June 2018 Brent was diagnosed with a very rare cancer, squamous cell carcinoma there are less than 6 recorded incidences in NZ per year. In the past 10 months, Brent has undergone 4 rounds of chemo, 33 rounds of radiotherapy and 4 surgeries. It has been a painful 10 months which has been dealt with by Brent and Tracey with amazing strength. Most recently Brent has undergone a lung and leg (lymph nodes) biopsy which confirmed secondary lung cancer which as a combination is even rarer.

Brent has started chemotherapy where for five days at a time he will be put on the drip for 6 – 8 hours each day but he also needs to take the drug Keytruda an immunotherapy treatment. Keytruda blocks the protective mechanism of the cancer cells and allows the immune system to destroy them.

This treatment will cost the family over $75,000, they have approached Pharmac to fund this drug but have been turned down. We are trying to raise $100,000 to pay for Brent's treatment, to bless this family and ease the financial burden of all associated costs.

Brent and his family have never asked for a Givealittle page as they have always been the family that gives to others but please help us raise money for Brent and his family to cover any of the associated costs with fighting this terrible disease.

We hope to keep you all involved with the progress that Brent is making and the joy that we can all provide to them through our gifts.

Use of funds

Any funds raised will be spent on the drug treatment Keytruda to fight this awful disease and to ease the financial burden of all associated treatment costs.


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  • Darren Williamson

    Darren Williamson 21 hours ago

    $100

    Keep smashing the b'stard Shanksy!

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    Hugh & Barbara Cheevers 2 days ago

    $300

    Best wishes mate.

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Heidi Tapper

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Nelson / Tasman

Tracey is one of the team at Home-Lee she is a great friend and work colleague. We are supporting Tracey and Brent in their fight against a very rare cancer specifically raising money for the family to get Brent immunotherapy treatment.

All funds raised benefit

Brent and Tracey Shanks

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Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Brent and Tracey Shanks.

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“Thinking of you all - Kia kaha”
“We are all behind you, I hope you can feel it.”
“Kia Kaha! Team Shanks 😘”
“Wishing you all the very best”
“Very best wishes to you all, thinking of you heaps. Such an awesome family and lifelong friend of Tracey. Blessings to you all and positive treatment success Brent, very best wishes. Kia Kaha”
“We’re on your team Shanks Family. Sending you all our love and prayers”
“Fingers crossed for you, Brent!”
“Sending lots of positive thoughts your direction xo”
“Kia Kaha”
“Beat this thing guys, we are all behind you xxx”
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