Main image

Raising funds to treat metastatic colorectal cancer

$44,405 of $60,000 goal

Given by 257 generous donors in around 8 months


Need help to fight Stage IV colorectal cancer

Main image

Hello there ❀ I’m asking for help to raise funds for the treatment of my stage IV colorectal cancer. I really thought after a year of radiation and chemo, surgery and more chemo that I would be having a bit of a break from treatments but, a recent CT scan shows the cancer has now spread to my liver and possibly lungs. The not so great news is that the treatment for metastatic colorectal cancer includes drugs that are not currently funded here in New Zealand. The good news though is that I feel quite positive and have an amazing support crew of family and friends – and a strong belief and faith in God.

My proposed new treatment plan includes a chemotherapy drug FOLFIRI which is publicly funded and cetuximab, which is not funded. The cost for 12 cycles (approximately six months) of cetuximab is high - $56,992 NZD. Thankfully, the cost of drug is capped at $20,000, but I still need to pay to have it administered intravenously at $2400 per treatment, and for ongoing consultation fees ($225).

There is no guarantee this treatment is going to cure my cancer, but there is hope it will stop or slow the cancer and maybe shrink it to a stage that I can have surgery to remove any tumours. At the very least my treatment will give me some more time – and I desperately want to be around for my kids for as long as I can, and to continue to be with my wonderful husband, Fetu. These are the people that make me determined to beat the odds and seek the best medical care I can get.

Fetu and I both work full-time and as the main income earner for our family I have needed to work through most of my treatments and will keep working for as long as I possibly can, but we still won’t have the means to meet my medical expenses, and I need to ask for help.

As my medical situation changes, a different treatment could be suggested by my oncologist or other health specialists. I might therefore use raised funds to pay not only for cetuximab, but also for other medical expenses, to seek treatment overseas (e.g. UK and US) and to help meet my family’s expenses during this time. That is why I have opted to have an ‘open goal’ for this Givealittle page.

Through the power of people acting together, a little becomes a lot. Any donation, small or large, will be helpful and I would be hugely grateful. If a small regular payment for several months is more manageable, the Givealittle Plan makes it possible to make regular donations by setting up automatic payments.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my situation, and God bless you.

Use of funds

Money will be spent on drugs that the NZ public system doesn't fund, other medical expenses including possibly seeking treatments overseas, and meeting family's expenses during this time.

Latest update

Update image

Support crew  3 February 2020

Posted by: Penelope Tevita Tuatagaloa

Forgot to include photo of my support crew at Auckland hospital, Round 12 of Folfiri 07/01/2020.

Read 4 more updates

Latest donations

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 01 Mar 2020


    Support through your friend Penny


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 14 Feb 2020



  • Trudie

    Trudie on 04 Feb 2020


    Much love to you and your family Penelope xx


  • Kate

    Kate on 03 Feb 2020


    Penelope, wonderful to hear your journey back to health is on track. Love to you all.


  • Dina

    Dina on 09 Nov 2019


    Thinking of you and your family x


Who's involved?

Penelope Tevita Tuatagaloa's avatar
Created by, and paying to a verified bank account of, Penelope Tevita Tuatagaloa

Page Moderated The page has been checked by our team to make sure it complies with our terms and conditions.


You can start a fundraiser to have your own page that raises money directly for the beneficiary.

Got a question for the page owner?

Ask one here

Any concerns?

Report this page
This page was created on 26 Jul 2019 and closes on 3 May 2020.
$44,405 of $60,000 goal

Given by 257 generous donors in around 8 months

  Donate Fundraise Share
Share a link to this page to help spread the word





  Copy Link