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Help Carlyn kick cancer to the curb!

Cause page created in the Health category by Julia and Wayne Dohmen for "Carlyn Reed"

$90,648 of $87,000 goal

Given by 1918 generous donors in 4 weeks


At 25 years young our much loved daughter, sister, neice, cousin and friend, Carlyn Reed, needs an unfunded cancer drug to save her life.

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Carlyn has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – a cancer she has courageously been fighting since the tender age of 14. Over the years multiple chemo treatments, radiation and a stem cell transplant have given short-term success, but the cancer keeps returning. With no public treatment options left, Carlyn’s only hope for a cure rests with a NZ Government-approved, but unfunded drug, called Pembrozlizumab.

This immune therapy treatment ($60,000) and care ($23,000), to be carried out at St George’s Hospital in Christchurch, cannot get underway until we have money in the bank, and this is where we are rallying our friends, friends of friends, and people we simply don’t know, to dig deep into their pockets to help us get Carlyn’s treatment underway!

Carlyn has always kept her cancer journey close, but has reluctantly allowed us to share her story so that we can show her the love and step up at a time when she needs us the most.

Despite the challenges ahead we know, through past experience, Carlyn’s positivity and optimism will continue to shine as she fights to give this cancer the middle finger once and for all! 😊

Please join our fundraising race to $87,000 (cancer treatment plus Give a Little page service fee of 5%) to give Carlyn the chance of kicking this cancer to the curb and living the long and happy life she so deserves.

Your donation, big or small, is one step further to our fundraising target and means the world!!

Julia and Wayne Dohmen's involvement (page creator)

We are Carlyn's aunty and uncle.

Use of funds

The quote from St George's Hospital for Carlyn's treatment and care is $83,000 plus Give a Little fees takes us to $87,000. Should we exceed the target, Carlyn wishes to pay-it-forward to another Kiwi needing a funding boost that could save their life.

Latest update

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Green light for treatment!  15 May 2020

Posted by: Julia and Wayne Dohmen

Like many people on this page, we started out with one very big hill to climb. Never did we imagine that in just 18 days, our goal would be smashed and Carlyn would have the green light to get the treatment she needs!

We did it. We did it because of YOU!

The outpouring of love and generosity shown at this time for Carlyn’s cause has been mind-blowing and will stay with us forever.

Friends have rallied behind her, friends of friends have joined in and complete strangers have completed this groundswell of support. From donating directly to the fund or starting their own mini fundraisers achieving significant donations along the way, we are forever touched by this positive and uplifting experience during a time of such uncertainty.

Yesterday the More FM Breakfast Club got behind Carlyn and showed the power of radio with its family of listeners donating the last $10,000 needed in just under an hour!

Carlyn’s cancer drug is capped at $60k meaning any additional treatment thereafter is free, minus hospital care costs which we’ll still need to pay should she need more of the drug.

With that in mind, the money that has been reached over and above the $87k ($60k treatment and $23k hospital care costs) will be kept in the kitty until such time we know Carlyn is in the clear and we’re not needing to dip back in for more hospital care. Should that be the case, Carlyn will be paying it forward to other Kiwis in need of funding support that could help save their lives.

Carlyn is empowered and ready to go kick this cancer to the curb thanks to you all rallying behind her!! xx

He aha te mea nui o te ao

What is the most important thing in the world?

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

Pictured: Carlyn (left) with siblings Josh and Maddie + dog Poppy on Mother's Day.

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    Laura on 18 May 2020


    You got this girl x


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Paying to a verified bank account of Jenny Rae (Reed) on behalf of Carlyn Reed

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This page was created on 25 Apr 2020 and closes on 25 Oct 2020.
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