Cancer nurse gets cancer

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Ana's melanoma Journey - fighting cancer for her kids

Gisborne

My beautiful and kick ass sister Ana has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. After a melanoma was removed in 2020, and we were hopeful that was the end of her journey, routine surveillance has revealed the cancer has spread to her lungs. She is 40 years old, with a loving husband and has two young children 7 and 13 years.

Ana has spent the past decade giving so much to her community as a registered nurse, midwife and more recently a clinical nurse specialist working in cancer care. She has changed the life of so many for the better, supporting others though their cancer treatment. Its now our turn to wrap her in the biggest supportive hug possible.

Ana has been given the fortunate chance to participate in clinical trials over in Australia to help give her the best chance at fighting this horrific disease. She has the daunting task of leaving her family/friends support network here in NZ to undertake this journey, I want to help ease her financial burden and stress by covering as much of these costs so she can focus on beating this. Any support, big or small is so appreciated. We love you all and thankyou from the bottom of our hearts.

Michelle Rennie's involvement (page creator)

Ana is my sister, my bestie, my soul mate! 🌻 💛

Use of funds

Travel, unfunded medications (Ipilimumab), accomadation, cost associated with treatment - scans, consultations etc

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Update  16 June 2022

Hey beautiful people just though we'd update on how my sister is doing, she's doing well after her first infusion last Friday, the only side effect is extreme fatigue & shortness of breath at the moment. Mum is currently over with her while Dans and the Kids arrive on the weekend which she is really excited about. Her Doctors and team are happy with everything and Ana is staying positive. She Appreciates and loves you all thanks for the support xx

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Latest donations

Steven
Steven 1 day ago
Thinking of you and your family during these challenging times
$200
Laurie
Laurie 5 days ago
Wishing Ana, Dan & the whanau all the very best in these challenging times. Kia tau te rangimarie ki a koutou katoa xox
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Mike and Shelley
Mike and Shelley 5 days ago
All the best. Thinking of you Mike and Shelley
$100
Karen
Karen 7 days ago
Hey beautiful lady, you can do this! Sending hugs your way xx
$100
Reset Yoga
Reset Yoga on 19 Jun 2022
Love from Reset Yoga community!
$80

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