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Get Ged the treatment he needs

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Brian Stephens for "The Stephens Family"

  • $49,250.00 donated
  • 198 generous donors

BRAF inhibitor treatment costs about $3.6k per week. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) immuno therapy costs about $9k per shot.

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In Need Good Sort Cancer

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Ged is a good-sort and deserves a chance to fight this sudden and invasive disease - Melanoma stage 4, but it looks like we need some financial help...

The Doc says it's too advanced for chemo, the two options available to us are expensive.

BRAF inhibitor treatment costs $3680 per week (with some free weeks, but averages ~$2.5k per week. A new immuno therapy Keytruda (pembrolizumab) costs about $9k per shot.

The BRAF treatment for a few months is likely to buy several extra months, hopefully enough time for Dads own immune system to continue the shrinking of the tumours.

The new immuno treatment was featured in the NZ Listener magazine on 2nd of July 2015 (and Sunday TV1 program 8th November 2015) and has fully reversed the same type of advanced melanoma cancer in other people. There are drug trials where some of the initial shots are paid for by the trial. There is hope that this treatment will be funded by pharmac soon, but without action we may not have this much time.

Page created by:

Brian Stephens


I don't want a lack of money/treatment to prevent my Dad from living.

All funds raised benefit:

The Stephens Family

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Ged Stephens on behalf of The Stephens Family.

  • $49,250.00 donated
  • 198 generous donors

$49,250 donated



This cause page was created on 22 Oct 2015 and closed at 00:00 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 30 Nov 2015.

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