Hearts and funds for Vickie

$139,841 of $66,000 goal
Given by 842 generous donors in over a year

Hearts and funding for Vickie - a rare cancer champion of change

Christchurch, Canterbury

Our beautiful community member, friend, wife and mother Vickie is seeking funding for life prolonging drugs which unfortunately are not funded by the NZ government.

Vickie lives with her 5 year old daughter Ruby and husband Ryan in the seaside suburb of Sumner, in Christchurch, NZ. Just over two years ago Vickie found out she had 4 tumours growing around her heart. Her world came crashing down.

Initially Vickie received fully funded immunotherapy treatment but after 9 months it stopped working and a fifth tumour had grown. Vickie's oncologist advised her to commence Dabrafenib and Trametinib treatment to reduce the tumour growth rate. It costs Vickie and Ryan $5,500 per month. They fund-raised last year but they need to do so again this year.

Melanoma Heart Trust has been established to receive money raised for Vickie’s treatment/medical costs and any other costs involved with her treatment.

Vickie tirelessly campaigns in the media to tell her story to drive a review of Pharmac funding parameters so nobody else has to go through this in the future. What an amazing woman!

We ask NZ, Christchurch, Sumner and all Vickie's friends and family, and anyone else who can contribute anything to do so. This is life prolonging medicine for Vickie so she can spend precious time with her daughter Ruby and husband Ryan. Every single $1 is hugely appreciated.

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Melanoma Heart Trust has been established to receive any money raised for Vickie’s treatment/medical costs and to distribute as required to pay for the medication and any associated costs relating to her treatment and medical condition.

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Date extension   26 April 2024

Extending the date of the page to facilitate the Melanoma NZ Ruby and Black ball fundraising event.

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Helen
Helen on 14 Jun 2024
Go Girl Go- you can do it!!
$100
Steve
Steve on 13 Jun 2024
Annoyingly JustGiving took a cut, but hopefully still a helpful donation. With love from the River Wye (which I never want to see again)
$5,000
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Guest Donor on 11 Jun 2024
$20
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Guest Donor on 10 Jun 2024    Heart Surf - Sponsored Surf
$10
Jenny
Jenny on 10 Jun 2024
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This campaign started on 31 Mar 2023 and ends on 30 Jun 2024.