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Get Mike the unfunded treatment he needs

Cause page created in the Health category by David Downs for Michael James Heiler


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Mike has been battling bowel cancer, while trying to keep his family going - three small boys.

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Mike Heiler is a 43yr old father of 3 young boys who has been battling stage 4 bowel cancer for over 2 years. He has stoically endured multiple surgeries as well as chemo and radiation. His one last chance is a combination of 2 immune therapy drugs that are not funded under the NZ public health system.

• Regorafenib which costs about $595.00 per week (Southern Cross Insurance will cover $10k per policy year for this drug = 4 months of treatment).

• Nivolumab which costs about $6,470.00 per week (not covered by Southern Cross Insurance).

His doctors will know after 2 to 3 months if the treatment is working to slow the cancer, but the cost to do that is around $80,000.

Options are being explored for access longer term, but the family urgently need help to find out if this will work for Mike.

(Mike and family have received help via Give-a-Little before, and they are extremely grateful and humbled by your support. This campaign is critical for them at this extremely difficult stage of their lives. Thank you.)

*Previous Givealittle page: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/it-is-time-mike-heiler

David Downs' involvement (page creator)

I am a good friend of Mike, who has run out of options for his cancer treatment

Use of funds

The funds will purchase the immunotherapy drugs for up to three months so we can see if they work.


Latest update

Update from Mike  20 October 2020

Posted by: David Downs

We are truly humbled by the generosity shown by all of you and, to be honest, I am struggling to find the words to express our gratitude. When I first looked at the website and the early donations, I burst into tears.

It means so much to us that, not only will we now be able to trial the drug combination, but also to receive the messages of love and support from you wonderful lot (friends and friends we haven't met yet). So thank you again for giving our family the chance of more time together. Love Mike and Turid.

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