Help the Donegal Street Gang of Mums help Jo and her family!

Cause page created in the Health category by Chantel Coote for Jo McKenzie-Mclean

$77,520 of $75,000 goal
Given by 1016 generous donors in 14 days

Please donate to help Jo and her family during her fight against her aggressive form of Cancer.


Jo is a strong, inspirational, tough cookie, awesome single Mum to 2 beautiful children.

She had come out the other side of a few tough times to now be blown away with the shocking news that she has not only bowel cancer but also lesions that need aggressive, expensive treatment on her liver.

Jo is one of life’s good people, always willing to help others when they need, a wonderful friend, loves a party, but is also content to read a book , write or go for a bike ride with her kids or dog Jessie.

Jo works for Stuff as a reporter and recently became a celebrant. She often finds herself on the other side of these tragic stories and handles them with empathy and love.

It is now Jos turn to become a success story and we as her close Cromwell girlfriends want to do all that is possible to help get Jo and her family all the medical treatments available including the recommended non funded drugs.

Please donate anything you can, we all will be incredibly grateful.

Chantel Coote's involvement (page creator)

I am one of Jos many good friends. I am setting this up on behalf of our Donegal Street Gang of Mums in support of her fight for her life, to beat an aggressive Cancer!

Use of funds

The funds will be used for Jo to fight aggressive Cancer and to receive recommended non funded treatments from her doctors, currently Avastin and B-RAF.

Latest update

Update #2   22 February 2021

Posted by: Chantel Coote

Update #2

Unbelievable donations from everyone! A full food train, lots of love and care given, and the fundraising committee is working behind the scenes and will be announcing their major events soon.

This last few days we also had another very special donation from Morgan (see the pic below, or if it nots updated it will once I’m home from Camp Columba 🙌).

Jos kids are doing amazing and have loved spending time doing some fun things and esp spending time with Mum.

Here’s an update Message from Micheal of the PET scan. I’m sure he will do a more in depth one on Jos private page too ...

Oncologist has rung. No spread to anywhere else on the body. There’s a wee blip on the ovary that they’ll follow up with later through the MRI.

The scan did confirm that the liver has a lot of cancer on it, too much for surgery and so it’s still the plan to attack it with chemo and then review if surgery is an option.

Nothings ruled out at this stage for treatment. So overall we’re happy with the scan result as we feared it might’ve come up somewhere else which is the last thing we needed!

That’s a relief for us all and this week Jo is starting her chemotherapy 🙌

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Kia kaha Jo!
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My thoughts are with you and your whanau at this time Jo, especially for your mum who has had more pain than a mother should endure with the unexpected loss of Kris and now her beautiful daughter fighting cancer. Kia kaha Jo

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