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Forego a Friday for the Friends

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by David Friend for "The Friend Family"

$86,250 of $90,000 goal

Given by 298 generous donors in over a year

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Donate the $100 you would spend on a Friday night out a to pay for life-saving cancer drugs for Paula, in the hopes of a cure.

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Cancer Treatment

When all regular cancer treatments are tried and other options have been exhausted, there still remains hope for Paula. However, hope comes with a cost.

In 2010 when son Liam was only 2, Paula was diagnosed with a very aggressive strain of breast cancer. With the support of husband David and her family and friends, after a mastectomy, multiple surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, she was declared cancer- free. However, 4 years later, the cancer returned. After further radiation, her oncologist sent her home with assurances that she would be fine- that it was normal for a slight flare-up and they had got it all this time. However, in mid-2016, it returned. After the THIRD round of radiation, the oncologist again gave her the all clear.

But it was not to be. In August 2017, Paula was told the cancer was back. That it will continue to recur more and more aggressively, and that her prognosis is poor. Paula has triple-negative breast cancer, which means there are limited conventional treatment options. But… there is a chance that the new immunotherapy drug Keytruda could extend her life and put Paula into full remission. Keytruda has been shown to be twice as effective as chemotherapy for skin and lung cancers, and the results so far have been spectacular for triple-negative breast cancer. Unfortunately, while its effectiveness has been proven, governments won’t fund this drug for breast cancer until clinical trials are finished, which is a few years away. Paula and David do not have this time to wait, and at a cost of $90,000 Keytruda treatment is beyond the reach of their current financial situation.

This is where you come in. Hope. Can you buy hope?

We need 900 angels. 900 generous people who will “Forego a Friday for the Friends”.

We are asking you to stay home on any given Friday, invite friends and family round and toast Paula’s good health. That $100 you would otherwise spend on your night out, donate to Paula’s Keytruda treatment. Buy her and her family some hope, and maybe a cure.

Use of funds

All funds raised will go towards treatment for Paula with the immunotherapy drug Keytruda.

Latest donations

  • Scott

    Scott on 13 Oct 2018



  • Moto

    Moto on 17 Aug 2018


    I am sure will be better and fine. Moto from Japan


  • Karen

    Karen on 28 Jun 2018


    Lovely to see you guys - y'all come back real soon!!!


  • Steve Tuhaka

    Steve Tuhaka on 26 Jun 2018


    Best wishes


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 26 Jun 2018



Page created by

David Friend


I'm involved because I'm Paula's husband, she is my soulmate, best friend and fantastic co-parent, and I need to keep her by my side for as long as possible.

All funds raised benefit

The Friend Family

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of David Friend on behalf of The Friend Family.

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“I hope this small amount helps in some way.”
“All the best with your continued success with your treatment.”
“Every little bit helps! Can’t wait to see you in May! J x”
“Good news”
“Good luck from all at Park Lane”
“Good luck...”
“Fantastic news. Your positivity is exceptional. All the best Chris”
“Awesome News Guys 👍😊”
“So happy for you all after receiving the latest update. Hopefully this treatment becomes widely avaialble for all in future.”
“I know a little about one part of your life from a wonderful mutual friend. I hope this goes a small way to making a big difference to you and your family. x”
$86,250 of $90,000 goal

Given by 298 generous donors in over a year


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