Help for Huntar Sammons and his Family

$22,734 donated
Given by 352 generous donors in around 10 months

Please help support Huntar Sammons (10yrs old) and his family while he fights late stage Burkitt Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma & spinal nerve damage.


On Friday 8th April 2016, Huntar Sammons was flown from Wellington to Christchurch Hospital after an MRI showed large masses on his brain.

After spinal fluid and bone marrow testing, it was found that Huntar was in the later stages of Burkitt Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. For the past 5 months, Huntar and his mother have been inpatient at Christchurch Hospital away from their home in Upper Hutt.

The treatment was aggressive and has ultimately caused damage to his spinal nerves. He is currently unable to walk and is now in Auckland in order to go through rehabilitation to see if the specialists can get him on his feet again.

His parents, Michelle and Rick are trying to remain at their sons side as much as they can, however, this battle is financially hard when one parent is unable to work and must stay with Huntar at all times. The cost of travelling between cities and the bills at home continue to mount. We need to help them through this nightmare. So whatever you can spare would be greatly appreciated until they can get their little boy home and healthy again.

Angela Redmond's involvement (page creator)

I've known Michelle (Shelbz) and Rick for a number of years now and the love they have for their sons is undeniable - this ordeal is heartbreaking for them both and now it's our turn to give back to them and support them all.

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Final Givealittle update!  30 January 2017

Our Givealittle page closes tomorrow! But before it does, Huntar and family would like to say:

"A big thank you to each and everyone one of you that has sent messages, donated or even just took the time to send positive thoughts our way. Everything and anything was and is truly appreciated! Words will never be enough to express our gratitude to everyone on Facebook, GiveALittle, YouTube that followed us on our journey.

Huntar is getting stronger and stronger and has so much determination in him.

He can stand for 10 seconds and take small steps aided. We have started Physio now and Huntar is returning to school for a couple hours a day, this week. Slowly doing normal things.

On the Oncology side of things, we are still having monthly check ups and blood work done and scans/ultrasounds every few months. These will then be done at 6, and then 12 months. So far everything has come back ok. Huntar has an MRI on the 14th February for his head and body. We keep our thoughts on this coming back clear and no sign of cancer.

Our Journey still is happening, and we would love for all of you to keep following on Facebook group "Help for Huntar":

From the bottom of our hearts; Thank you all!!"

While you're here, take a minute to look through the givealittle photos and check our Huntar's journey and how far he's come!

You should also totally check out the latest Woman's Day magazine featuring Huntar and his story!!

Many many thanks everyone!!

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Leo on 27 Dec 2016
all the best
Pat & Janice Hoult
Pat & Janice Hoult on 21 Dec 2016
Thinking of you all this Christmas and every wish for a 2017 full of joy and laughter. Love Pat, Janice, Jacob & Maddi Hoult
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Guest Donor on 26 Nov 2016
Good luck for the future you sound a plucky lad. You can only do the best you can each day.
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Paying to a verified bank account of Michelle Hailwood on behalf of Huntar Sammons and his parents Rick & Michelle and brother Kane
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This page was created on 12 Apr 2016 and closed on 31 Jan 2017.