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Luke's Fight Against Cancer - CDH1

Cause page created in the Health category by James Burke for Luke Burke

$3,910 donated

Given by 89 generous donors in 20 days


Our brother has stomach cancer and is facing an epic odyssey ahead. Please support him during this very uncertain and challenging time.

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A couple of years ago it was discovered that our whanau carry the devastating CDH1 Gene mutation. You may have heard of the CDH1 gene through the documentary by Stan Walker:

Mutations (gene changes) in the CDH1 gene are associated with an increased risk of stomach cancer of approximately 70% for men and 57% for women by age 70.

My brother Luke was found to carry this gene change and as such he began to plan for a prophylactic gastrectomy (total removal of the stomach), which is the most effective method of prevention/treatment for the hereditary diffuse gastric cancer caused by the gene change.

During this time however, a recent Gastroscopy & biopsy showed that the cancer had already started to grow in his stomach. Immediately following this Luke had a CT scan to see if the cancer had spread from his stomach.

Luke is now faced with 2 equally daunting and fast approaching medical outcomes. If the cancer has not spread past his stomach, he will immediately go for a total Gastrectomy, (complete removal of stomach) The other outcome is that the cancer has already spread past his stomach so he will need to go onto Chemotherapy straight away to reduce the cancer, and then he will need the surgery to remove his stomach after this.

Both options have come up incredibly unexpectedly as on previous advice before his cancer was found, Luke was steadily losing weight to have the prophylactic surgery at a future date.

Luke will be seeing a medical oncologist and surgeon in the next week to get a definitive plan for his care. Best case scenario Luke will have at least 3 - 12 months off of work which is why we are fundraising to help alleviate the financial pressure of this scenario and to help support Luke and Amber to focus on busting that rust! Worst case scenario is something we're not ready to face yet as we want to remain hopeful and positive for our brother.

The costs of being sick are quite high for example, transport to and from hospital for appointments and treatments/procedures, parking at the hospital, unpaid leave for Luke's fiancee Amber, the special Optifast diet Luke has been put onto from his surgeon (which is not funded), and ultimately lost wages for Luke. As we all know, the bills still need to be paid.

We as a whanau are pulling in behind Luke and Amber and we ask for your support for them to ease the financial aspect of this situation so that they can focus on the most important thing which is getting Luke better.

Please follow the below Facebook page for updates on Luke's journey fighting this cancer and we would really appreciate you sharing these Givealittle & Facebook pages to help us get as much support for our brother as possible!

James Burke's involvement (page creator)

I am Luke's older brother

Use of funds

Funds will be used to support Luke and Amber financially throughout this extremely challenging time.

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Latest update

COVID-19 - Luke in Self-isolation  21 March 2020

Posted by: James Burke

Kia Ora everyone

Thank you so much for your kind and generous support for my brother

With recent world events and the spread of COVID-19 On advice from the Ministry of Health, Luke and Amber have now decided that due to Luke's upcoming Cancer treatment and pre-existing Asthma & Diabetes, he needs to stop work and self-isolate immediately

Luke's job as a security officer in the midst of Wellington's nightclub scene puts him at undue risk due of contracting COVID-19 due to the amount of public interaction he has on a daily basis.

Luke needs to make sure that he is not exposed to this virus as if he does it could seriously effect him and potentially delay his life-saving cancer treatment

This makes this Givealittle page even more essential.

Can I ask you all to please share this around with your friends and family to get as much support for Luke and Amber

Thank you all!

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  • Sam

    Sam 2 days ago


    What an absolute legend. All the best for the battle ahead big fella.


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    Guest Donor 5 days ago



  • Callum

    Callum 6 days ago


    Hey bro, wishing you all the best. Peace, love and happiness.


    • Luke Burke

      Thank you so so much brother. Peace, Happiness and ALL the Love coming right back at ya.

  • Lucia

    Lucia 7 days ago


    Donation 2/?? All the best to you and your whanau, Lukey. ❤️ Hope everyone is safe and doing well🌸 Good luck tomorrow with your first chemo session. ❤️ You got this! 🌸🌺🌸 P.S. Eli and my fam send love your way too ❤️


    • Luke Burke

      Oh my amazing amazing friend, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you guys floor me with all this love. All my love to you and Eli and fam.

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