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Jordan's Shave for NETs

  • Look what you helped us do

      1 September 2020
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    Tēnā koe

    It’s the start of a new season, and soon there’s going to start a big step forward in neuroendocrine cancer treatment in New Zealand. Your support for Jordan’s Shave for NETs has really helped us to make this happen, so I wanted to thank you personally.

    One of the key priorities we’ve been working on for some years has been to bring Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) to New Zealand. Patients needing PRRT have had to travel to Melbourne at a cost of around $50,000 per person.

    The second wave of COVID-19 in Melbourne in July meant that the Peter MacCallum cancer centre there was no longer able to treat out-of-state patients. Our New Zealand cancer patients were (and still are) desperately worried, as this means they can no longer access life-extending PRRT.

    Your generous donation has enabled us to step up our advocacy at this critical time. We’ve met with the Chief Executives of Te Aho o Te Kahu (cancer control agency), Pharmac, and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Auckland District Health board and campaigned for a rapid-response roundtable. As a direct result of our efforts a working group has been set up - spanning government, the private sector, ADHB, clinicians and Unicorn Foundation NZ - that is entirely focused on getting PRRT set up here as quickly as possible. We’re expecting the final stages of this project to be complete this month, in readiness to treat urgent cases very soon.

    This is fantastic news, and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without Jordan’s incredible Shave for NETs fundraiser. His initiative, combined with your contribution, has made it possible for us to achieve so much so quickly. We are getting wonderful feedback from patients each week about the progress we’re making towards finally having PRRT in New Zealand. On behalf of them - thank you.

    You should feel justifiably proud of the difference you’ve made to the lives of people with NET cancer.

    We would love you to keep helping us with our mission. We’re currently looking for keen cyclists (and their supporters!) to build a Unicorn peloton in the Tour of New Zealand fundraiser from 10-17 April next year. It’s an eight day cycle tour through the most majestic scenery the South Island has to offer, suitable for recreational riders as well as racers. If you or anyone you know is keen on cycling, please do let me know on 027 434 0926 or

    Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, ēngari he toa takimano e.

    Strength is not that of an individual, but of the collective.

    Ngā mihi nui

    Avril, Lesley, Jess & Michelle - the Unicorn Foundation NZ team.

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  • The amazing support for Jordan's Shave for NETs just keeps on coming.

      6 July 2020

    We couldn't be more humbled by Jordan's initiative to shave off his gorgeous locks for Freedom Wigs, and that he has nominated Unicorn Foundation NZ as his chosen charity for all the funds he is raising. With Jordan's incredible help, we will be able to continue to support New Zealanders who are currently struggling with neuroendocrine cancers. Your donations mean we'll continue to be able to provide specialist nurse help for each and every patient that seeks our help. We're beyond grateful - thank you for all the support so far. Keep up the great work and keep spreading the word of Jordan's incredible initiative.

    Kia kaha,

    Michelle, Avril, Lesley & Jess

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  • Way to go Jordan!

      25 June 2020

    Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated so far.

    We are almost at Jordan's initial goal and with still a month to go, Jordan has requested that we increase the goal and see how much is possible for this great cause.

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