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  • Nora's Army     21 October 2019 New
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    Christchurch/ Selwyn people:

    A huge auction night has been organised by some amazing people and Nora's school.

    Date: Nov 1 7-10pm

    Where: Pemberton in Prebbleton

    Price: $40

    Guest Speaker: Self professed genetically modified human David Downs (our CAR T cell hero)

    MC: Celebrity chef Jax Hamilton

    There is so much on offer including a $5,000 Media Works advertising package, scenic flights, Augustine clothing, jewellery, kids' party packages, hotel and restaurant vouchers, luggage, spa vouchers, sports gear, band merchandise, all sorts of attraction passes and so much more!

    The details: You will have to leave the kids at home. You get a goodie bag inspired by Nora. Drink on arrival. Food platters. Cash bar. Silent and live auctions plus raffles too.

    More information and how to get a ticket here:


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  • T cell testing has begun     16 October 2019

    We have a tentative date to start the lympho depleting chemo on November the 11th and the T cells being given on November the 15th.

    We should get confirmation of these dates in a few days.

    Nora is currently back at school while we are waiting and our community is organising some pretty epic fundraising for November 1st.

    Another update soon

    Keep the army moving forward!

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  • See ya Houston     9 October 2019
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    We leave in a few hours for home. But we had our final appointment today and got to meet the lead oncologist of the trial. He said a huge thankyou to us for coming and helping cancer research at the frontline.

    How cool is that? All of you who have donated are helping those with liver cancer in the future. You are helping change the world of cancer!!!

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  • T cell generation      6 October 2019
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    On Thursday they took 51 ml of blood from Nora.

    On Friday they did the same.

    All initial testing looks great and they will begin creating the T cells on Monday.

    We head back to NZ on Tuesday night arriving Thursday morning.

    The T cells will be ready in 3 weeks.

    When we come back we are here for 28 days.

    Nora is doing so well albeit struggling in the heat here but we are so overwhelmed by people's generosity and kindness.

    Much love,

    Elyse x

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  • Hello USA     3 October 2019
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    Sorry for the delay everyone.

    After an incredibly long, tiring, emotional day the financial team let us on a payment plan. The final funds are due end of October.

    The following day (yesterday) we started our travels to the US. We are currently sitting in LAX waiting for the flight to Houston. Tomorrow they will draw off Nora's blood and begin creating her T cells. While that is being done we can return home to NZ for 3-4 weeks. I will post a further update later today.

    Hugest thankyou to everyone!

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  • The rollercoaster continues      1 October 2019

    Yesterday Texas got in touch and asked to see Nora this week to draw her blood and start creating the T cells. This morning I spoke to the financial team and they have DOUBLED the estimate. My heart absolutely exploded in my chest.

    We now need another $70,000 NZD!!!

    This has shocked us and we are still trying to negotiate with them and hope they will still see Nora this week.

    If you can please continue to share and donate as this is now, once again, out of reach.

    Kind regards

    Elyse Guise

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  • This is amazing!!!     26 September 2019
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    We are so overwhelmed. We are so so close. We are still waiting on the final estimate from Texas and any other associated costs should Nora get unwell or have to be admitted. One day in the ICU costs between $20,000 to $40,000 USD. So if we get above our total we will leave it open. Any money that we don't use will be put towards a special project we have planned for future families facing cancer.

    Much love to you all,

    Elyse xxx

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  • Wow! Wow!      21 September 2019
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    Overwhelmed is an understatement of how we are feeling. Tears have been streaming on and off.

    We have been living with a dark shadow for so long. A dark shadow that might take our Nora. But, the donations, shares, fundraisers, influencers who have posted for us, people who have contacted the media and the hearts of strangers is shifting that shadow.


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