Funding for Phils' Cancer Treatment- Help him get some extra time he doesn’t have
Philip has a recurring inoperable brain tumor. Access to Avastin will increase his time to spend with our whanau, friends and Thalia!Bay of Plenty
Helping to nurse his mother until her death following brain cancer, Philip never thought that he too would be faced with the same fate. Diagnosed with stage 4 Glioblastoma in December 2019 saw the lives of Philip and his loved ones come to a screaming halt. He was told that his life expectancy was 18-24 months.
Philip had been independent and outgoing as an active fisherman, doting Uncle and Papa and a loving father, brother, partner and son. Christmas 2019 saw Philip recovering from brain surgery to remove a 6.5cm tumor in his brain. Surgery did not provide a permanent fix and resulted in partial degenerative blindness and short term memory loss. Undergoing 6 weeks of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in Hamilton, meant that Philip was away from his home, his dogs and his family - who juggled life and children to make sure he had someone with him 24/7. Philip returned home just before lockdown and completed a further 6 months of chemotherapy at home.
After a follow up MRI in November 2020, there was an increase of symptoms resulting in Philip sleeping for the majority of the day, suffering painful headaches and unsteadiness on his feet, a life line was thrown. This January 2021 the specialist told Philip that he has 3 months as the new tumor formed in the same space as the old one will aggressively take hold. This is unfortunately inoperable.
In order to increase his time from 3 to 6 months, the specialist team have offered a treatment plan to prolong the inevitable and enjoy his time with his family and more importantly his niece Thalia who has been a constant mate and distraction while he has undergone his treatment. This treatment will provide a much higher quality of life as well. He will be having daily chemotherapy of further Temozolomide and triweekly infusions of Avastin.
Avastin is not funded and is going to cost a total of $32,553.07
Our blended English and Maori whanau have done everything we can to support Philip to enjoy the time he has left with his partner and those he cares about, but we are in need of help with his non funded treatment so that he can celebrate milestones like Thalias 3rd birthday in May and his birthday in June.
Even if its just as little as $5 to support, everything will help. We want nothing more than for Philip to be able to celebrate his life while he is able to and continue to share some quality time with his partner, children, family and special niece Thalia.
Sarah Copeland's involvement (page creator)
Philip is my partner and have been together for 12 years and live at Lake Rotoma, Rotorua District with our dogs, fish, cat and bird. We are blessed to have Thalia, my niece and neighbour, in our bubble of love too.
Use of funds
All funds will be allocated primarily to cover the costs of the Avastin treatment and his quality of life with whanau. Any surplus will allow us to make special memories with all those who love and care for him.
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Thank you! 15 July 2021
On behalf of Phil and his family, I would like to thank you all for your amazing generosity. Your kindness allowed us extra time to love and be with him. He passed away surrounded by his family at home on 20th June 2021. We are eternally grateful for every extra day we had.
Thank you do much for yout kindness. We are so grateful for your help!
Thank you whanau! Your love and support is humbling. Arohanui xxx
Mihi aroha. Our bucket is growing because of your generous koha. Bless you both xxx
Thank you so much for your kindness. We are do grateful!
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This page was created on 13 Jan 2021 and closed on 13 Jul 2021.