Help Simon receive life saving treatment

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Help Simon Hayes receive life saving treatment for an aggressive form of blood cancer.

Wellington, Lower Hutt City

In 2022, Simon Hayes was diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma, an aggressive form of blood cancer. Simon immediately began chemotherapy, and was expected to make a full recovery.

Last week, Simon was told that this cancer is no longer treatable in New Zealand, and that his life expectancy is less than 12 months.

The available option that gives Simon the best chance of survival is based in Australia. The treatment, through the Peter MacCullam Cancer Centre in Melbourne, would require Simon to undergo CAR T-Cell Therapy. To date, this therapy has shown positive results. However, the treatment costs upwards of $700,000NZD. It also requires Simon and his wife Donnella to relocate to Australia whilst the treatment is carried out, taking them away from their 5 New Zealand based children, and 2 grandchildren.

Simon is an incredibly selfless individual, who has always gone above and beyond to help those around him. Be it financially, personally or help with employment, he is one of those special few who will always be the first to help.

Now, we as a family, friends and colleagues are asking that others help Simon during this incredibly difficult time. Any financial assistance is appreciated, and will go towards the life saving treatment, travel and relocation costs that are necessary to save Simon’s life.

Simon and his family are overwhelmed with the offers of support from friends, family and colleagues and are absolutely humbled by the generosity shown by those around them.

Eileen Fogarty's involvement (page creator)

Simon's daughter in law.

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The $700,000 treatment, conducted through the Peter MacCullam Cancer Centre in Melbourne, will require Simon to undergo CAR T-Cell Therapy and relocation costs to Australia for himself and his wife, Donnella.

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Poker Night Fundraiser - Lower Hutt  22 November 2023

Thank you everyone for giving so generously this far!

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Thank you so much again, the family are incredibly grateful.

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Barry 1 hour ago
Abdul 3 hours ago
Chris 3 hours ago
Hi mate. If anyone could fight this, it is you. Stay strong brother I'll see you for the next 180.
Trent & Jess
Trent & Jess 3 hours ago
Melinda 3 hours ago

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Created by Eileen Fogarty
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Paying to a verified bank account of Donnella Hayes on behalf of Simon Hayes
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