In memorium of Unicorn, NETs advocate and board member, Chris Holmes who sadly passed from neuroendocrine (NET) cancer.
Sadly Chris passed away on Saturday 14 August 2021 after a short stay in the Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington.
Born and raised in Pukekohe with 5 brothers and sisters, he has lived in Wellington since 1985, is married to Kirsty and they have three grown sons. He spent a few years living in London gaining experience and touring the UK and Europe before settling back in New Zealand. He loved sports and trail running in the hills around Wellington and further afield. Chris was extremely competitive and well respected in his community of friends, work colleagues and clients (many of whom became friends).
In 2011, Chris was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumours (NET’s). Chris had radiation therapy and a liver resection before undergoing PRRT treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, in 2016/2017. Realising the need for change in health deliverables for NZ patients with NET’s, Chris became a board member of the Unicorn Foundation NZ (a charity organisation in support of people diagnosed with NET cancers throughout Aotearoa New Zealand). His experiences as a NET patient, his love for people and a passionate desire to make things easier for others with the same condition as himself made him an ideal candidate for this role.
In lieu of flowers and other gifts of generosity, Chris’s family wish that contributions be made to the Unicorn Foundation in support of this wonderful organisation.
Amazingly, despite his illness, Chris recently completed the Tarawera 50km Ultra marathon. As someone with a cancer diagnosis, his focus was always simply on family and friends, building life-long relationships and ‘living life’.
This page was created with the permission of Chris' brother, Tony.
Neuroendocrine Cancer NZ (formerly Unicorn Foundation NZ) is a registered charity provides support and information to patients, families and medical professionals involved in the treatment for Neuroendocrine Tumours (NET Cancer).
Funds raised will contribute towards supporting clinical research, lobbying for funding and further treatment options to become available to NZ neuroendocrine patients, NET nurse services and building and supporting the NET cancer community.