Help Rachel fight her cancer and get the drugs she needs.

$39,312 of $120,000 goal
Given by 178 generous donors in around 7 months

Seeking help for a Far North mother for her unfunded cancer treatment - immunotherapy (Atezolizumab) and chemotherapy (Nab-paclitaxel).

Kerikeri, Northland

Some of you may know that Rachel (pictured here with her gorgeous nephew Kingston) was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in August 2022. She has been battling this disease quietly and courageously for over a year now which has included 6 months of chemotherapy followed by surgery and radiation. During this time she has continued to work at her local school in the Far North which she loves, as well as keep up with her two teenagers.

We're now in the next stage of Rachel's cancer journey and that requires the expensive drugs. Immunotherapy (Atezolizumab) and chemotherapy (Nab-paclitaxel) that is not funded and so we need your help!

And these are expensive. We are looking at around $120,000 for the next 4-6 months of treatment alone. She has started treatment this week (16 August 2023) and the journey continues.

Any help you can give my wonderful sister would be greatly appreciated!

Juliette Bavister's involvement (page creator)

Rachel is my sister.

Use of funds

Unfunded immunotherapy (Atezolizumab) and chemotherapy (Nab-paclitaxel).

Update 20/2/2024:

Further funds will be put towards living expenses while her husband is home caring for her.

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Sad news  1 March 2024

It is with heavy heart that I let you all know that Rachel passed away on Wednesday night. Safe at home with her loving husband Aaron watching over her.

I thank you all for your donations that enabled us to seek out treatment for her. My heart is broken.

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Guest Donor on 14 Mar 2024
Anna on 07 Mar 2024
I only knew Rachel from her time on the office desk at Oromahoe school. She was always a ray of sunshine, always friendly and understanding. A pleasure to have met and known even if only for those moments. All our condolences to her family. Love Ollie, Beau, Anna and Simon x
Helga on 04 Mar 2024
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family! This is heartbreaking news! I only knew Rachel a little bit, but I could see what a special loving and wonderful person she was! Rest in peace Rachel, I will always remember your warm smile ❤️
Patricia on 03 Mar 2024
It was such a privilege to have known you Rachel, you live on through your boys and all who love you.
Mark on 01 Mar 2024
Rest in peace Rachel. Always very lovely when we both worked at Hudson.

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This campaign started on 20 Aug 2023 and ended on 18 Mar 2024.