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Cliff’s cancer fight - help us pay for treatment

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$41,553 donated

Given by 336 generous donors in around 11 months


Cliff has non operable stage 4 bowel cancer. Please help us pay for unfunded Cetuximab to slow the growth of his cancer down.

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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 $23k for the Cetuximab plus other expenses while he undergoes treatment. And hopefully cliff will be well enough to try and enjoy some family fun times too making memories with the kids x

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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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Thanks x  29 May 2020

Posted by: Reanne Subritzky

Hi everyone. An update for everyone that donated before this page closes. Cliff continues on weekly chemo and cetuximab infusions (has 3 weeks on then a week off treatment) and he had a scan a couple of weeks ago which is showing awesome results! The lesions in his liver are still shrinking and some have disappeared altogether.

Thanks to everyone’s support on this page we’ve been able to pay for treatment and carry on life as normal as possible and hopefully we’ll have many more years to make memories with the kids

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  • Christine

    Christine on 12 Feb 2020


    Thinking of you all x


  • Trish and Gary

    Trish and Gary on 29 Sep 2019


    Hope everything is going well for you Clifford. Love to the family.


  • Katie

    Katie on 25 Sep 2019


    Hi Cliff & Whanau, I believe you can fight this! My brother Olly is also 42 with a VERY similar story to yours. He is now on a trial drug which isn't funded (and costs a lot) but we are remaining very positive! All the best mate, you've got this! The Dobson whanau


    • Reanne Subritzky

      Thanks for your help and support x All the best for your brother - it’s such a hard journey to be on. Hopefully the drug trial helps.

  • Miriam

    Miriam on 25 Sep 2019



    • Reanne Subritzky

      Thanks for your generous help x nice to catch up the other week

  • Mandi

    Mandi on 31 Aug 2019


    Thinking of you guys. 💕


    • Reanne Subritzky

      Thanks for your support x

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