Raising funds for Sophia and her beautiful whanau.
Supporting Sophia through every way possible in fighting this unfathomable battle against terminal cancer.Auckland
Sophia is one of the most beautiful people I know, both inside and out. She tragically lost her beautiful angel Valentina Grace in November 2014 in a tragic accident at only three years old. She and her husband Cam were blessed with another beautiful daughter Augustina Gabrielle Rose in 2016 who is due to start school in the New Year.
Unfortunately, she has recently been dealt another devastating life blow, when in September she was diagnosed with an extremely rare and advanced, high grade tumour in her stomach that sadly has a low chance of being cured. She has been undergoing chemotherapy for the last two months coping with the terrible side effects in an attempt to shrink the tumour, so myself, along with all of her friends have been trying to find a way to make her life even that little bit more manageable.
After four rounds of chemo, the worry is the chemo will no longer be effective, so in an attempt to remove part of the tumour, Sophia is due to undergo major life changing surgery just before Christmas which includes removing part of her bowel with the hopes that this will prolong her life. Following the surgery, she will then be at home for a significant period recuperating.
The easiest thing we can all do for Sophia and her family is to help contribute to the huge, ongoing costs of living with cancer and any remaining time she may have. Money is a stress that is not necessary when there is enough to worry about already. Unfortunately, the costs associated with Cancer can mount up and include emotional support; integrative doctors; nutritional supplements; alternative health treatments, and many other factors such as loss of income.
Any financial support makes a difference and Sophia has been overwhelmed by the community outpouring of love and support so far. Please help support this beautiful family through another life changing battle by easing some of the financial burden of cancer.
Please give generously and share near and far to help this lovely lady with a donation no matter large or small.
Monies raised will go towards the daily operation of life for her and her family, any alternative natural health treatments as well as potential offshore treatment.
Thank you all so much for your ongoing love and support of this beautiful family XXXX
Latest Update: 23/02/21
Unfortunately, although the surgery was successful in removing the tumour at the time. Last week Sophia received tragic news that the tumour had grown back extremely quickly and aggressively following surgery in the space of a month. From the tumour that was removed the Pathologists were finally able to identify the type of cancer and it is the one of the rarest types of cancer in the world, called Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma. It is so rare that only 400-500 people in the world have been diagnosed with this type of sarcoma and no one has ever survived at this aggressive stage.
It is incurable and terminal and although Sophia will be restarting chemo this week, all it will do is help prolong her time that little bit more so she can send time with her family.
Use of funds
Monies raised will go towards the daily operation of life for her and her family in the time she has left, providing for her daughter's future and security as well as being able to travel in between chemo treatments when possible to create memories with her family for her daughter to cherish when she has gone.
JULIE WILKES' involvement (page creator)
I am a just friend who would like to try to help a friend and her whanau get through yet another tough time.
Use of funds
Monies raised will go towards the daily operation of life for her and her family as well as potential offshore treatment.
Oh my goodness, we are just blown away by the overwhelming feeling of love that has been extended to Sophia through all of the incredibly generous donations and beautiful messages of pure aroha that have come through.
We have been asked to provide an update now that we have exceeded what we thought might be an unsurmountable goal, as to what any and all additional donations will go towards.
It is incredibly important to Sophia that Augustina will be well provided for and the majority of these donations (as well as any surplus) will go towards a fund for her future.
Sophia and Cam are also seeking potential clinical trials overseas all going well.
Once again, from the bottom of our hearts - thank you so so much 💜 💜 💜
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This page was created on 9 Sep 2020 and closes on 23 May 2021.