Help keep mum swimming!
We are hoping to raise funds to cover a chemotherapy drug called Avastin that will improve mum's quality of life during treatment.Bay of Plenty
Mum, Kate Wills, was diagnosed with Bowel cancer in May 2019. She underwent successful brain surgery to remover a tumor caused by the cancer, which she is now recovering from.
Her treatment for the rest of the cancer is chemotherapy, which is starting after a small surgery in early July.
She is very fit, and the doctors are incredibly positive with how the treatment will work with her body. We are aiming for her to be feeling 'normal' in between treatments, and it is especially important that she is still able to swim!
Luckily the basic chemotherapy drugs and procedures are fully funded or covered by insurance. Any funds raised will be going towards an extra drug called Avastin that is not fully funded. This drug will greatly increase mum's quality of life during treatment and improve the outcome of the treatment. Once the drug has been paid for, mum will be able to use it for as long as she is having treatment.
Thank you so much for all your support!
Kelly Wills-Pine's involvement (page creator)
While basic chemo is funded and covered by insurance, there is an extra drug called Avastin available which will greatly benefit mum that is not funded. We hope to use this drug to give her the best fighting chance.
Use of funds
All funds will go towards extra chemo drugs and unexpected medical costs.
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Every little bit counts towards getting the best and longest outcome.
Almost 9 months past diagnosis, I have recovered 100% from brain surgery and radiation with no side effects lingering at all (apart from talking too much, but it seems this hasn’t changed!!). The chemotherapy has been working, with tumours shrinking and blood cancer markers back down to what could almost be called “normal”. The additional drug that we are able to afford through your kind donations, I believe, makes a huge difference.
Chemotherapy has been tough, but I have been very lucky that my previous fitness has carried me though this as well as could be hoped. Your donations are such a big part of this. Stage IV Metastaic Bowel cancer is incurable with very low survival rates, but it seems I may be a lucky one, an “outlier” that flies through the longest possible survival. Let’s keep believing… Unfortunately, that still means years and years of relentless chemotherapy and whatever other procedures this cancer throws my way, which is where your donations come in so importantly. So far, so good.
Last weekend I competed in the Epic Swim event in Taupo, and while not medalling as I have consistently done in the past, I have to accept a mind shift and realise that I still managed to put out a better than average performance and remain in the top ten. This is a good sign for the years to come, and this is what we are trying to achieve by being able to afford all the drug options that might be available now and in the future.
Thank you for helping our belief become reality and helping me to survive for my daughter in the best way possible.
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This page was created on 25 Jun 2019 and closes on 25 Jun 2020.