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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.

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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Update # 5   22 August 2019

Well after 13 weeks and 4 rounds of seriously intensive chemotherapy, we got the CT results back and we're massively disappointed to be told it's not be successful .. so onto Keytruda .. I've met with the private hospital who will be administering the Kerytruda (Pembrolizumab) and we're aiming for a start date of 5th September @ approx $12K for the drug and $1200 for the priviledge of having it injected into my system every 3 weeks .. they'll look to do 4 Keytruda IV infusions/treatments then do another CT scan and fingers crossed for a better outcome to rid me of the nasties

Also, some wonderful local friends are helping out with the fundraising cause:

* Family photos (Nelson) - thanks Leah

* Garage Sale (Nelson) - thanks Rachael and Lynn

Thanks Tas and Jeremy in Wellington -

Appreciate all the messages of aroha and support

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Latest donations

  • Sadie

    Sadie 3 days ago


    We are friends of John and Emma Williams and were going to join them for the quiz night. I now have to work but wanted to still contribute. I really wish you all well.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor 4 days ago


    Kia kaha Brent. Stay strong.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 11 Aug 2019


    Good luck Brent with your next round so try to beat this


  • Claire, Stef, Luka, Finn & Indie

    Claire, Stef, Luka, Finn & Indie on 10 Aug 2019


    You got think Shanks Family. Xxxx


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 09 Aug 2019



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