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Brent Shanks - A good guy - Help him beat Cancer - Updates - Givealittle

  • Update # 5      22 August 2019 New
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    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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  • Update 4 - #steveshaves     30 July 2019
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    “I don't want to shave my head but hair goes... This is my very good friend, Brent. He has been fighting a huge, horrible cancer battle for the last year. The pain, illness and distress he has braved has been beyond imagining (honestly imagine the worst and triple it). Please help me to raise funds to get him Keytruda. This drug will give him the very best chance of fighting and spending precious time with his girls - Tracey, Hannah & Emily. He is honestly one of the best people I know and he is an absolute warrior. Please go to his Givealittle and give as much as you can. If you want to make me bald as well then hashtag #steveshaves and if I raise at least $1000 I'll shave"

    Steve Hussey -

    Let’s see if we can get Steve to shave his hair ..

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  • Update # 3 - Quiz night 27 August 2019 in Wellington     14 July 2019
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    Hey Wellington friends and family.

    A very good friend, Lisa Glassey, from our time living in Wellington has organised a fundraising Quiz night to help us raise funds for Brent's treatment.

    Tues 27th Aug - A great night to dust off your brain matter, $20 per ticket (excl. booking fee) - more info here:

    Brent did a short video message which you can see on her facebook page here:

    If you’re unable to go along but are able to contribute anything for the hampers or any merchandise, vouchers or goodies or prizes for the silent auction please contact Lisa - before the end of July

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  • Update # 2     4 July 2019
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    After rounds 1 and 2 of chemo completed, the latest CT scan results show the tumour has been halted (hasn’t grown but hasn’t shrunk either) and doesn’t appear to have spread anywhere else which is good news

    We are proceeding with rounds 3 & 4 of chemo treatment, whilst getting a 2nd opinion on when to start Keytruda (Pembrolizumab immunotherapy drug treatment). This will either be during the current chemo treatment or after round 4 has finished .. the days are getting closer .. the hair is all gone but the fight continues ..

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  • Update # 1     28 May 2019
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    Thanks to everyone for your contributions and support, I'm so pleased to have you in my corner backing me and Team Shanks.

    Past – They tell me the primary type of cancer I have is very rare and very few of the medical teams or specialists I’ve dealt with have personally come across it. We’ve have some experts from around NZ and the USA (from UCLA and Boston Hospital in Massachusetts) involved in reviewing my information and giving input into my treatment plan. According to US based research the average age of someone diagnosed is 68 (I’m not in that age bracket yet!), and the incidence rates of someone getting it are around 0.4%-0.6% of all cancerous tumours. So what are the chances …feeling damn unlucky!

    Present – I have just completed round 1 of chemo, it’s a very exhausting and intense treatment regime and instead of your bulk standard 1 day of treatment every 3 weeks, I have 3 days of treatment in week one, 1 day of treatment in week two, and one day of treatment in week three - yuk! (but currently a necessary yuk!)

    Future – We start round two this week (last week of May). A pretty important scan is coming up at the end of this round of treatment to see if the chemo has been able to halt/reduce the size of the tumour in my lung. The oncologist is then going to decide whether we continue with the current chemo plan (yes - if it’s making a difference, and go to Keytruda after that) or whether we go straight to Keytruda.

    I’ll keep you all updated when I can. Your thoughts, prays and best wishes are always welcome.

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