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Durricks journey to recovery.

Cause page created in the Health category by Ayleen Walker for Durrick Walker

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Given by 130 generous donors in around 8 months

My son is facing the challenge of chemotherapy to overcome Stage 4 bowel cancer that has metastisized. Financial support needed.

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  Bay of Plenty

Two days before Christmas my son, Durrick aged 44, was advised his bowel cancer has progressed to stage 4 and he will need to undertake chemotherapy in mid/late January 2020.

I lost my daughter in a car crash six years ago. The thought of losing another (adult) child is unbearable. I am appealing to give Durrick the best chance to seek the treatments he needs to get through the health situation he is facing and get back to full health and on with the rest of his life.

I am unable to financially support Durrick because I am 70, don’t own my own home, still working and taking care of my husband and living on the pension. My husband had a stroke last year and has significant ongoing health problems. I work but there is no extra.

This is the third major health crisis Durrick has faced.

In 2005/6 Durrick developed post concussion syndrome (PCS). The head injuries were significant, and he was no longer able to work in his profession as a chartered accountant or any computer-based work. Durrick got himself back to full-time work in Canada, where he could try his hand at different occupations whilst suffering from PCS. A significant achievement with a debilitating head injury.

In 2014 Durrick had a further head injury and a relapse in his PCS. Durrick moved back to New Zealand and worked hard to overcome these two health challenges. He got himself back into full-time work and made choices which supported his continued health using a lot of the scientific developments made after PCS was identified in the National Hockey League and subsequent high profile in the national football league.

Durrick is a giving, loving, hard-working good man. As an example he recently iniated a “Heal the Healers” campaign to give front-line workers access to integrative complementary healing practices. Durrick did this with zero financial reward for himself and on a budget of less than $200.

He was simply motivated to share with others the practices which helped him live with PCS. During his recovery from the second episode of PCS Durrick volunteered on the boards of Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust and Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre. He laid bait trails in the bush and worked on changes to operations to enhance the recovery of birdlife in the Kaimais.

Durrick has made a point of supporting himself through the health challenges but the reality is that Durrick is not able to work during the next phase of his cancer battle.

He lives with his sister and her family and has already been financially depleted by his ongoing health battles that have limited his ability to work.

Any financial help would reduce stress so he can focus on recovery. Durrick has shown he picks himself up and gets back into life. This time he needs some financial help so he can focus on healing.

Ayleen Walker's involvement (page creator)

Durrick is my son. He has been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon Cancer that has metastasised. I am unable to financially support him through this difficult time. I am trying any way I can to help.

Use of funds

Financial support is required to meet day to day living expenses and enable travel for treatment. Equipment such as water filters and Ozone machines. Supplements such as intensive vitamin C. Excess funds willgo to others undergoing the same treatment.

Latest update

Back in NZ, looking forward to the future   28 June 2020

Posted by: Ayleen Walker

Update - back in NZ after completing two rounds of treatment at the Centre for Advanced Medicine in North Carolina.

Thank you for all your support and contributions.

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Latest donations

Guest Donor
Guest Donor 2 hours ago
Sending hugs from Canada!
Linda on 23 Jun 2020
Many Blessings from the first round of the Fairy Garden Fundraiser. Thank you to all those who supported the project.
Filip & Blume
Filip & Blume on 01 Jun 2020
Thank you for sharing your journey Durrick. Its truly inspiring! Much love to you.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 31 May 2020
Jumping June jitterbug dance wishes to you, Durrick!
Allie on 11 May 2020
Healing thought sent out to you Allie

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