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Please help Deb and her boys enjoy precious time together

Cause page created in the Health category by Sharlene Hensler for Debbie McGregor

$20,475 of $65,000 goal
Given by 160 generous donors in 8 days

Deb's family are covering some treatments privately, however we need help to pay for the full course of treatment the Oncologist recommends.

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Our wonderful Debbie was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer a month ago and it came as a huge shock. Deb is unfortunately one of a small percentage of people to get lung cancer without having ever smoked. Sadly, by the time symptoms occur, lung cancer is often advanced.

She has a great Oncology team and was commenced on standard chemotherapy promptly, with two rounds now complete. There were high hopes she would be a candidate for targeted mutation therapy, which is funded, but sadly she does not have either mutation. The drug (Keytruda) that may have the biggest impact on quality of life and the time she has with her precious boys, family, and friends is not funded in New Zealand for lung cancer currently. It seems that the impact of Covid-19 has put a hold on PHARMAC pursuing it any further. It has felt like one disappointment after another with regards to her treatment options.

Deb has two sons aged 14 and 15. Her life and the boys’ lives have been turned upside down. She has shown tremendous strength and fight already in what has been a hugely challenging month. We want to pursue Keytruda (administered every 3 weeks through a private hospital) as recommended by her Oncologist, to give her the best chance of quality time with her boys. Your support, any amount, to help fund this expensive therapy, would mean the world.

Sharlene Hensler's involvement (page creator)

I am Debbie's sister. I have been put in charge of setting up the page as I have a lot of time on my hands as I am currently in mandatory isolation as I have traveled from Australia to see my sister.

Use of funds

Funds will be spent on the treatment recommended by Deb's Oncologist. This treatment is the best chance Deb has to enjoy quality time with her boys. If Deb does not respond well to the treatment, excess funds will be put aside for her boys' future.

Latest update

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First Keytruda treatment this morning!  22 September 2020

Posted by: Sharlene Hensler

A HUGE day for Deb - by the time I post this, she would have already driven from Taupo to Rotorua and be finished with her very first Keytruda treatment - or as Deb calls it '119mls of liquid gold'. Still to do today is Deb's third chemo treatment as well as a small medical procedure to insert something (this is why my sister in law Aimee usually talks about the medical stuff!) into Deb that will make future 'needles' easier. Deb is also having numerous blood tests today, then back to Taupo late this afternoon. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the fund - we have already raised enough for two full treatments of Keytruda!!!!!

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Latest donations

Chantelle 1 hour ago
Thinking of you all through this very difficult time, with love from the Benneyworths xxx
Sophie 4 hours ago
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Mark 5 hours ago
Julie 16 hours ago
Wishing you well Deb. X

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