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Help Arlo beat cancer

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

$67,687 of $70,000 goal
Given by 708 generous donors in around 3 months

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.

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Because 5am is when I do my correspondence these days...  29 August 2020

Posted by: Isla MacDiarmid

Hello Dear Donors,

I just wanted to fill you in on what we've been using your donations for thus far.

Because of your generosity we were able to have a video consultation with a renowned salivary gland specialist based at the Mayo Cinic in Minnesota, Dr. Eric Moore. He assured us that the treatment plan Arlo is on matches the treatment he would recommend for Arlo, and this gave us great peace of mind.

More recently we used this fund for genomic testing through a private company based overseas. The testing revealed several mutations in Arlo's genes and also concluded that immunotherapy would be unlikely to work for him. However our oncologist believes it gave a couple of clues as to future treatment paths we could pursue, and this has made us so hopeful and optimistic. These treatments aren't funded by Pharmac for Arlo's cancer, so we will be saving the rest of this fund to help us navigate that route. Thank you. Truly, thank you. If it weren't for each of you I imagine we'd be feeling quite hopeless facing the prospect of unfunded treatment right now.

Arlo is on his second type of chemotherapy now and feels pretty good most of the time. Radiation and lymphodema really ravaged him a couple of months ago, so it's been a huge relief to see him looking and feeling more like himself. Throughout it all he's been the most hands on father and supportive husband we could hope for, as we've soothed Quill's colic and ridden our three-nager's emotional pendulum! I'm utterly in awe of him.

Pleaee know your kindness is never far from our thoughts. If you'd like future updates on Arlo's journey please flick me an email with ARLO in the subject line to, as I'm not sure how long I'll have access to this page for now that the fundraiser has ended.

All our appreciation and love,

Isla, Arlo, Indigo and Quill xxxx

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Peter & Sheena on 09 Jun 2020
All the best Arlo xx
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