Cliff’s cancer fight - help us pay for treatment
Cliff has non operable stage 4 bowel cancer. Please help us pay for unfunded Cetuximab to slow the growth of his cancer down.Northland
Our story so far.... my hubby Cliff (42 years) was fobbed off for a few years with bowel symptoms being told he was too young. A week before Xmas 2017 he had a colonoscopy (privately as we were still waiting to see a Dr in public!) which gave him the devastating diagnosis of bowel cancer which had spread to his liver. Cliff bravely fought through multiple surgeries (that had multiple complications), radiation and chemo throughout 2018 and after having half his liver removed he was given a 50% chance of living a cancer free life. Unfortunately his first post treatment scan in March showed that the liver metastasis had returned as well as a new one in his lung. He is now classed as inoperable.
The tests have shown that he is likely to benefit from Cetuximab combined with chemo to try and slow the progression of the disease. Unfortunately Cetuximab isn’t funded in NZ and his medical insurance have declined pay for it so we’re faced with asking for help to pay for it. This is something we find hard to do but we’re willing to do anything that buys him some more time to make memories with the kids.
The last scan in May showed that the lesions had doubled in size but because Cliff is feeling ok and not too symptomatic they decided he could be monitored for another 3 months. His next scan is in August and it’s likely then that he will need to start treatment. We have amazing support from all of our family and friends and especially Cliffs employers Laser Electrical and we are reluctant to ask for help but unfortunately cancer treatment doesn’t come cheap in NZ. Cliffs medical insurance will pay for the chemo but we’re looking at around $20k for the Cetuximab
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Funds raised will go towards paying for Cetuximab. Any surplus funds would be used to pay for any other treatments Cliff may need or investigating alternative treatments or making some memories with our kids x
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To say thanks doesn’t seem to be enough to show how much we appreciate everyones generous donations and words of support and love. We will be forever grateful and hope that cliff can make many more memories with the kids like he did this week teaching his boy to fish ❤️ Corey’s caught the bug from his dad and wants to go out fishing every day now!
Thanks again and here’s the link to his Facebook page (if I’ve loaded it correctly!)
Thanks so much for your help x
Thanks so much for your help x look forward to catching up with you soon
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This page was created on 6 Jul 2019 and closes on 6 Jul 2020.