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Help John fight his cancer to come home to his son

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John was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer a month ago.He was given 6 months to live, no treatment options here.Treatment available in UK.

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He survived a gang beating which left him with catastrophic injuries but now John Connolly is fighting his own battle against life-threatening cancer.

The police officer was off-duty and out walking his dog when he tried to break up a fight near his home in Tuakau in 2010.

John was seriously injured when he was hit from behind and knocked to the ground by a mob of more than 30 teenagers then repeatedly kicked and stomped. He was taken to hospital with a fractured skull, multiple facial fractures, a collapsed lung, broken jaw, and a broken ankle.

His injuries were so severe he had to be placed in an induced coma and colleagues feared he could die.

But British-born John proved them wrong and after undergoing surgery to have a titanium plate inserted in his skull he returned to his post at Papakura police station.

He was hailed a hero by the then Police Minister Judith Collins who said his actions had saved a girl’s life although John insisted he was just doing his job. “People expect us to do this, and I did.”

In June the 44-year-old got the devastating news that he had throat cancer and was told no treatment was available for him in New Zealand other than palliative care.

“It came as a complete shock and we couldn’t believe there was no medical help available,” said Liz Harker, John’s former wife and mother of the couple’s eight-year-old son William.

“His only chance is to return to the UK and pay for a private operation which is going to cost a small fortune. At the moment there is no way he can afford the treatment and I want to help with fundraising so that he can have the operation.

“John’s done so much for the community I thought people would like the chance to do something for him. His health has never been the same since the attack.”

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“Kia kaha!”
“Hi my donation isn't much but I do hope it really helps! My dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 emphysema (the last stage) and has also been told there is nothing that can cure him and has been given about a year to live. As his daughter and still only young as I'm 17, and hes only 44 it is hard. So I'm glad you have found a treatment that is able to help you. good luck !”
“Good luck”
“All the best.”
“Awesome auction of a 2015 All blacks signed jersey. Winner: Adam Dobbs. Awesome effort from Constable Nick Richards for making this possible. We think of you daily John and can't wait to see you soon.”
“Chocolate sales at work :) Your making us fat by eating chocolate :) We miss you and bring on January when we get to see you.”
“Get better John. All the very best. We miss you mate and can't wait to see you. Your pals from the John Squad X”
“My father was diagnosed with the same cancer as you 21years ago and was told the same thing "we can't do anything for you". I'm so pleased you have found some treatment and wish you all the best with it. Kia Kaha.”
“Stay strong”
“Hope you doing well and Good Luck for the future”
  • $73,467.20 donated
  • 1,949 generous donors

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  Closed This cause page was created on 17 Jul 2015 and closed at 00:00 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 30 Nov 2015.

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