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

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  Nelson / Tasman

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.

Heidi Tapper's involvement (page creator)

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.

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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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Update # 7 - Sep 2019  26 September 2019

Well the facial hair is starting to return after the body was hammered by chemo and today (26/9) we do Keytruda round # 2, and they'll need to do atleast 4 rounds before I have another CT scan to see what effect it's having .. fingers crossed

Wellington folk - here are some local events you might be interested in (thanks Tas Parsons):


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    Wishing you the very best with your treatment. Anthony & Karen


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This page was created on 30 Apr 2019 and closes on 1 Apr 2020.
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