Help Kooge get access to unfunded chemo for brain cancer
Thank you, your support is much appreciated - know that with even just a few dollars, you are helping to save Kooge’s life.Auckland
Some of you may already know of Michael Kooge - his voice is everywhere throughout the country often, sometimes hosting a show on More FM, reading news live from Newshub on all Mediaworks radio channels NZ wide, or perhaps you listened to him reading news for Jay-Jay, Mike and Dom for 10 years on The Edge! If you ever listen to the radio, you probably know his voice.
Kooge has already survived one cancer several years ago (Suspected Stage 3 Melanoma) for which he has thankfully been given the all clear of recently. Unfortunately, about a year and a half ago, Kooge was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, which is a type of brain tumour with a very bad prognosis. There's a guaranteed mortality rate of 95% at 15 months after diagnosis, and Kooge has just hit 21 months, which is amazing! Unfortunately, due to treatment effects, Kooge isn't able to work full time currently, and cancer has a lot of unexpected costs associated with it, even within the public health system. Kooge has also hit a point where the only effective treatment is unfunded and costs $80k per year!! If you'd like to read a little more about Kooge and his journey, you can check out his page "Kooge" on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mkooge/
Now lets just think about that situation for a minute - you've survived one cancer (and the awful treatment that goes with it), only to be hit with another, even more serious cancer diagnosis, and all the financial stress that goes with that.
Then, add to that the most recent terrible news that this family have received. Michael's dad John was recently rushed to hospital and diagnosed with cancer too, pancreatic. This is following John already having a massive heart attack and stroke a year ago and fighting his way back from very bad odds of survival, to spend more precious time with his family.
This probably seems like an improbable series of awful events to happen to one family, but unfortunately, this is the reality of the last few years for the Kooge family. Unbelievable really, and the amount of stress the family are under is almost unimaginable. And we all know how dangerous stress can be to anyone’s body.
The purpose of this givealittle is firstly is to help support Kooge financially through this difficult time. This money will be spent on allowing the family to spend time together without financial stress, as well as on all the unfunded treatment needed for Michael (unfunded chemo, transport costs, Tilray medicinal cannabis etc).
If you'd like to support the family and/or would like some wonderful art for your wall, Kooge is also a great photographer, and has a online store where he sells his prints (includes free NZ shipping) - check them out here: http://www.heykooge.com/
Rebecca Parkes' involvement (page creator)
I am an old friend of Kooge and am setting up this give a little to help the family out in their time of need. All funds will be paid to Michael Kooge who will distribute as needed to support the family financially, and pay for any non-funded treatments for himself and his father.
Use of funds
The funds will be spent on financial support for the family, any remaining funds will be used for non-funded treatment expenses.
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we hope you're doing well and enjoying the countdown to xmas/summer (wow how this year has gone fast!)
Will keep this very quick - Kooge is doing well, trucking along in a "stable condition"... he has had some new cancer in his brain appear but luckily it is only small for now so the doctors are monitoring it while he continues on with his normal chemo regime monthly which seems to be holding it.
On a more lighter and exciting note, Kooge was recently able to team up with an art gallery in Auckland and put on a Bucket List 35mm Photography Exhibition!
This was a dream come true for him and has been a great success.
Good news for you guys is that the run has been extended and goes until EOD Nov 9! So if you're in Auckland, you're more than welcome to come by for a look around and maybe even purchase a piece of Kooge's film photography (there are 25 beautifully printed, hand signed by Kooge, limited edition and framed works available for purchase at the gallery, with of course all the money going towards helping pay for his unfunded cancer medication). And if you're out of town or can't make it by Nov 9, simply contact the lovely team at the gallery (Artmount And Framing Matters) and they can sort you out!
You can also purchase Kooge's photography prints via his online store: http://heykooge.com - they make for great xmas presents! (Use the code KOOGEME on your order to get 20% off + free world wide shipping!)
For more on the exhibition and Kooge in the media recently, see the videos and articles below:
Big love to all
And thank you again for all of your support, it is hugely appreciated and does not go unnoticed.
Have a great week ahead
- Team Kooge
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This page was created on 24 Apr 2019 and closes on 30 Dec 2019.