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.
Simon's daughter in law.
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.
Off to Melbourne! 3 December 2023
A huge thank you again to everyone that has given so generously. The family are overwhelmed by the amount of love and support, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
The poker night here in Lower Hutt was an absolutely success, and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone that was involved in making it happen.
To update you all, Simon and Donnella are off to Australia tomorrow (Monday) to begin the treatment journey. On Wednesday, Simon will have stem cells extracted and will begin the three (almost four) week wait for the new and healthy cells.
They expect to be in Australia until mid February at the earliest.