Running the FULL Christchurch marathon to help NET Cancer patients in NZ
On the 4th of June I will be “Running for a Reason” in the Christchurch Marathon to support Unicorn Foundation New Zealand and raise awareness for Neuroendocrine Cancer.
I will be running 42 kilometres around the heart of urban Christchurch. As you can see from the picture taken running my last Christchurch Half Marathon, I think it might be a bit painful!!
In April last year I was part of an epic team of 32 riders that cycled from Cape Reinga to Wellington to raise over $400,000 to help the Unicorn Foundation provide Neuroendocrine Cancer patients with important scanning equipment. Previously, it was necessary for these patients to travel to Australia, self-funded, to get this scan. It was an epic journey and one that was very successful in fundraising terms – it enabled the Foundation to make the crucial scan available in New Zealand.
However, the good work of Unicorn Foundation NZ continues. One of the most important and effective treatments is called PRRT, a specialised targeted treatment that has truly been a lifesaver for a huge number of patients with neuroendocrine cancer, and my dad included. (pictured with my dad in updates tab).
Currently this treatment is not available in New Zealand and therefore many Kiwis cannot afford the cost, which is on average $50,000 for the first year and around $15,000 for each year after that. Unicorn Foundation NZ aims to bring this treatment to New Zealand, and have it available to all who may benefit.
Every donation helps support more patients and their families. Currently there are over 2000 Kiwis living with NETs, and 1 new case is diagnosed every day.
Cheers for your awesome support, it is greatly appreciated and makes a real difference to NET patients and their families.
Updates will also be posted on facebook, please follow: https://www.facebook.com/unicornfoundationNZ
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).