Help Ka'iulani beat Neuroblastoma
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Our little girl Ka'iulani, who has just turned two, is fighting a rare cancer called Neuroblastoma, which has spread throughout her body
Our little girl Ka'iulani, who has just turned two, is fighting a rare cancer called Neuroblastoma, which has spread throughout her body.
She has been diagnosed as stage 4 high risk neuroblastoma. She is currently receiving care at Starship hospital in Auckland. Her treatment involves over a year long program of chemotherapy, surgery, transplant, radiation therapy and immunotherapy (currently not available in New Zealand).
Her primary tumour in her abdomen is the size of a softball (9x10cm) and the has infiltrated and wrapped around her spine which will require very risky and lengthy neurosurgery to remove. The first attempt to remove her tumour was cancelled due to the serious risks and possible side effects it may have caused.
The behaviour and response of Ka'iulani's disease has not been typical or straight forward. She hasn't shown the response to chemotherapy they were hoping for as her scans after chemo so far have shown no shrinkage to tumours in abdomen and bones. Starship and her parents are working towards using other treatments that are not accessible at starship and may have to travel Australia, Europe and the USA where these treatments are available.
To give Ka'iulani the best fighting chance her Mama, Papa, and new baby sister will need to be with her round the clock. This will involve all their time and energy, and we will use your generous donations to improve Ka'iulani's quality of life and to access treatments that are not provided here in New Zealand.
If you would like to, please feel free to follow her journey on Facebook by joining the group Ka'iulani's Journey
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I'm Ka'iulani's Aunty Alex. Since receiving her diagnosis we have had many people ask how they can donate to support our little girl and her ongoing medical costs.
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Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Manihera Forbes on behalf of Ka'iulani Forbes.
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