Kristin's Ironman Race for NET Cancer NZ

$7,975 of $7,500 goal
Given by 109 generous donors in around 4 months

Raising awareness for a disease that is so easily misdiagnosed.


My name is Kristin and my mother passed away from Neuroendocrine (NET) Cancer in January 2022.

Mum had likely been suffering from carcinoid NETs for many years before her slightly elevated liver levels were investigated to find and slow growing stage four cancer. This was a Gastrointestinal NETs that had metastasised to her liver. Mum was a classic carcinoid presentation with erratic high blood pressure, fatigue, flushing, unexplained IBS and eventually dramatic weight loss. All of these symptoms were dismissed as menopause or results of being slightly overweight until she changed her GP. Mum survived 3 months from diagnosis and had completed her first round of chemo when she died. She didn’t have the opportunity to reach out to meet some of the other NETs patients in New Zealand but she was swiftly swept into the caring arms of the NETs team in Wellington and we are so grateful for their help and support. This diagnosis was shocking but provided Mum justification for her ongoing difficulties with her symptoms.

I am wanting to give back to the NETs community we were so briefly introduced to and do a small part in raising awareness about this disease that is so easily misdiagnosed.

I am training for the Taupo 70.3 Ironman on 02 March, 2024 as my Fundraising Event - an event I know mum would’ve be proud to see me achieve.

Any donations big or small will make a huge difference.

About us

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).

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NECNZ is working on raising awareness and reducing diagnosis times through research, healthcare professional education, patient education and public awareness.

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Nga mihi nui!   12 March 2024

Kristin's fundraising page is now closed, but we just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Kristin and everyone who supported her campaign. An incredible $7975 was raised, which will go a long way for NECNZ and the work we do for our NET Cancer community.

Warmest wishes to you all,

The NECNZ Team x

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Andrew on 08 Mar 2024
Jen on 05 Mar 2024
You legend Kristin!
Kate on 04 Mar 2024
Amazing work!!
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Hamish on 02 Mar 2024
What an achievement! Well done, mate x

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This campaign started on 23 Nov 2023 and ended on 9 Mar 2024.