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Help Kiwi Dad Jason Beat Stage 4 Lung Cancer - Updates - Givealittle

  • Extending Jason's Page     27 October 2017

    Jason has done amazingly well and we are looking forward to a relatively healthy festive season that we could only have dreamed for.

    While Jas has responded remarkably well, the treatment plan will now extend out to years. Thank the lord!

    I am looking to extend the closing date of Jason's page to continue to provide a vehicle for the amazing support offered from friends, family and the wider public to be possible.

    Thanks again for all of your ongoing support.

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  • Jason's fight goes national in the interests of all Kiwis.     26 September 2017

    Jason and Trish have decided not only to continue the fight against his cancer, but also to do all they can to make Keytruda available to all Kiwis who may need it.

    Jason has had a remarkable response to the Keytruda treatment that has returned Jason to himself, his Wife, his Kids, Whanau and friends.

    The NZ Herald has done a piece on Jason, you will have to cut and paste below.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11926768

    The Hui on TV3 will be doing a much deeper story shortly. Once we have the airing date we will post this up.

    Jason is doing amazingly well as you will see in the stories being done, but we still have a long ways to go. We have been blessed to now be in a situation where there is no sunset imminent and we are all looking up toward a beautiful horizon not bound by time, and pain.

    This is in so many ways thanks to all of you who have contributed and helped Jason and Trish on this journey.

    We want to thank you all so much.

    We will have more updates shortly.

    Nga Mihi, Malo 'Aupito.

    Dain

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  • A thank you from Jason, Trish and family     16 July 2017

    Directly from Jason, Trish and family.

    "A heartfelt thank you to everyone that has donated to Jason's cause. We are incredibly appreciative and grateful for your amazing generosity, support, prayers, thoughts and kind loving words of encouragement that have truly touched Jason.  

    His recent scan has shown his tumour to be stable and the current chemotherapy treatment is not as effective as hoped and the next step is to switch treatment and begin the best drug combination available to him, Keytruda (pembrolizumab) and chemo (pemetrexed and carboplatin). Your donations are now being utilised to directly support Jason's journey to health and healing and his best chance at a normal functioning life to enjoy with his family and friends. 

    Thank you very much.

    Love Jason and family"

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  • Progress being made!     26 June 2017
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    Kia Ora Whanau.

    Jason continues with his brave fight against this terrible cancer.

    Since April Jason has had two drain's removing the build up of fluid on his heart and his lungs. The heart drain was replaced by a surgical window being placed around the pericardium to more naturally offset any fluid on the heart.

    The lung drain persisted and was the cause of a lot of pain, and a feeling of immobility for Jas, in having to cart around a huge tube and storage container that sat right into his lung draining out litres of gunky crap (not the medical term).

    Following his first round of Chemo Jas has responded really well with the fluid from his lungs slowly but surely reducing. He has now had the lung drain removed! A huge milestone for Jas.

    He has now started his second round of Chemo and we will see the results to date in early July. PD-L1 testing for the Keytruda treatment has also commenced with a massive thanks to all of you who have so generously contributed funds, aroha, food and positive Wairua (our spiritual connection to each other and our land).

    While Jas is seriously fatigued from the Chemo and the size of the fight he is in, there have been good signs and positive progressions. And there is a plan for more in treatment and rehab!

    He is continuing to take the fight to this disease and continuing to make all of us super proud of his efforts, courage and persistence.

    Kia Kaha, Kia Toa, Kia Manawanui bro!

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