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Help Arlo beat cancer

Cause page created in the Health category by Sam Shore for Isla MacDiarmid

$66,492 of $70,000 goal

Given by 693 generous donors in 10 weeks


Arlo was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He needs our support to help cover the costs of essential (non-funded) medical treatments.

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This campaign is for Arlo and Isla MacDiarmid and their family,

Arlo was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Arlo works as a contractor and is the sole earner for his family. His wife Isla lives with Best Disease, a disorder that causes blindness. Arlo and Isla have a beautiful two-year-old daughter, Indigo, and are expecting their second child in May.

For those of you who know Arlo then you understand he is quite simply a beautiful person – genuine, selfless and generous to a fault. Asking for support goes against Arlo and Isla’s very nature. They give so much to others and as much as they want to just deal with this themselves, especially with the world as it is and everyone facing their own challenges - it's not possible. We have to step up and help them through this terrible time.


Arlo’s cancer is an aggressive and very rare form of Salivary Gland Cancer. The cancer is in both parotid glands, neck and armpit lymph nodes and chest. He has started 6 months of intensive chemotherapy and hormone therapy and will then be reviewed to see if these treatments have had an impact.

The bottom line is that Arlo and Isla need our financial support to help cover the costs of essential (non-government funded) medical treatments and the costs of living while supporting two young children. Donations will be put towards supplements to support Arlo through the chemo, nutritious food, to cover sick days and keep a roof over their heads. Isla and Arlo are also looking at Intravenous Vitamin C treatments and immunotherapy which is given to chemo patients overseas but must be privately funded in New Zealand.

We must do everything we can to help. So please – dig deep. SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN WITH YOUR CONTACTS. There is no amount you could give that is too small or too large.

All donations will have an immeasurable impact on this family for the rest of their lives.

Sam Shore's involvement (page creator)

We are the friends of Isla and Arlo. We love them beyond words and want to help however possible.

Use of funds

The funds will help cover the costs of essential non funded medical treatments (Intravenous Vitamin C treatments and immunotherapy), supporting two young children, nutritious food.

Latest update

Dear Donors,  30 May 2020

Posted by: Sam Shore

Dear Donors,

Arlo and I along with our extended family wish to thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts for the support you have given us. This fund has ballooned so far beyond what we could have imagined when Sam, Renee and Gen first broached the idea of setting it up. It is a testament not only to Arlo's character and how much he is truly loved, but also to the characters of each of you, whether you have reached out because you know us, because you care about someone who cares about us, or because you can relate to us.

We are now officially a family of 4, having welcomed another daughter last week- spending time with baby Quill is an exceptional tonic for these tough times.

Take care, dear friends.

Love, Isla, Arlo, Indigo and Quill

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This page was created on 19 Mar 2020 and closes on 19 Jun 2020.
$66,492 of $70,000 goal

Given by 693 generous donors in 10 weeks

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