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We're With You, Kooge!

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$35,225 donated

Given by 902 generous donors in 6 months

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Our brave mate Kooge faces a new challenge, having been admitted to hospital again, this time with a brain tumor.

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Cancer Treatment Family Support

As you probably already know, in late June Michael Kooge suffered three serious seizures and was taken to hospital; Scans show a brain tumour.

Kooge has now been diagnosed with Glioblastoma (GBM) and is undergoing intense treatments in Auckland... both radiation therapy and also chemotherapy.

We all want to help, but don't know what we can do, what's appropriate, or what Kooge needs. There's only so much chocolate milk a guy can drink, right?

Most of you have at least some idea of what he and his family has faced over the last five years (Kooge battled Melanoma Stage 3 back in 2012). What you may not be aware of is the financial toll it can take: Lost work days, travel and accommodation costs, child care, parking fees, supplementary treatments and medications, it all adds up really quickly.

The last thing we want is for financial worries to cause stress - that's where you can help!

A message from Kooge's mum, Gaylene

"Dear Mike has so much debt incurred by this whole cancer experience that he is now so worried financially. A burden that doesn't help when one needs to concentrate on getting through this. If we had finance of course we would do everything in our power to help him. But alas this is not the case. If anyone would like to help him in this journey he would so appreciate it."

A message from Kooge:

"I can't thank everyone enough for the love and support i've gotten over the past three very weird and scary months. I really appreciate it all and am truly humbled. I don't deserve this much love, I'm a very lucky guy to have so many amazing people looking out for me and backing me. To all the amazing people in my life: thank you for carrying me through this... again, i'm a super lucky guy."

(Just a side note on the money already raised, Kooge has been paid most of this amount by Givealittle and has used the funds to pay back a chunk of the debt incurred from his first cancer in 2012... he still has a lot more debt to go aswell as new debt from this new cancer - so any spare change is a massive help for him and his family/"

Use of funds

Help pay Kooge's rent + expenses while he's off work

Help the family stay with him while he's in hospital - parking fees, petrol etc

Buying Kooge any treats he wants while he recovers. He's already got an East Day Spa voucher and a fidget spinner, so we'll think of something nice.


Latest donations

  • Tatjana Petrovic

    Tatjana Petrovic on 24 Dec 2017

    $770

    Dear Michael, when I heard that you are not well again and the kind of financial difficulties you are facing, I wanted to help you in some way. So, I hand-crocheted a load of Christmas baubles and sold them at work to help me raise some funds for you. Thanks to the generosity of my beautiful UWA Library colleagues, I have managed to raise $700. Some of the funds were also raised by my daughter at her workplace, whose colleagues asked that I pass on their love and well wishes for a speedy recovery. I know it is not much but we all hope it will ease your financial burden a bit. We all wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New 2018 and beyond. Much Love, Tatjana with family :-)

    $770

  • Emily P

    Emily P on 11 Dec 2017

    $50

    Hope this helps a little

    $50

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 27 Oct 2017

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    Private

  • Apats

    Apats on 21 Oct 2017

    $250

    😘

    $250

  • Aimee S

    Aimee S on 21 Oct 2017

    $100

    Been wanting to do this for so long and finally got some cash together to send through. Long time follower and supporter and am so in awe of the way you have dealt with this all. So much luck and love and vibes sending your way going forward!! xx

    $100

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Michael Kooge

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Auckland

Michael Kooge, 33 year old Creative Director, Voice Over Artist and Photographer battling cancer... again, yay. Loves day spas. burgers, pizza, the beach, tropical islands and mojitos. Thank you for all your support.

Have a watch about my first cancer experience: https://youtube.com/watch?v=GXo_31vQtS8 And please get yourself a check: https://skininstitute.co.nz/skincancer

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Michael Kooge.

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“Been wanting to do this for so long and finally got some cash together to send through. Long time follower and supporter and am so in awe of the way you have dealt with this all. So much luck and love and vibes sending your way going forward!! xx”
“💜 so much love for ya Kooge 💜”
“Enjoy New York bro”
“You bring joy to every person you know. Look at all the love that surrounds you, you amazing person! Keeping you and your family in my heart ❤️”
“Get yo ass to NYC”
“Big love, always x”
“I don't have words for this, but the biggest love for you!! New York is calling xoxoxo”
“I know it's not much, but I hope with everyone else, this will get you to New York, New York. Love you x x x”
“Love you Kooge!! Xxxxxx”
“Your so brave to share your story , you are strong and are going through so much ! Can't imagine what it must be like ! my heart goes out to you !! All the best !!”
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