Anneke's shaving her Aunty Therese's hair to raise awareness and funds for Unicorn Foundation and the NZ NET Cancer Community.
I was diagnosed with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine cancer in March 2020.
I had no idea what Neuroendocrine cancer was, or how to pronounce it but I knew I was pretty crook. Yellow really isn’t my colour but I was jaundice, nauseous and in a whole lot of hurt.
I had some major life saving surgery in May 2020 called a Pancreaticoduodetomy (Whipple for short). I had a year and a half off work recovering where I played a bit of post op complication bingo.
I found the Unicorn Foundation online and the information they provided was practical and easy to understand. I was also able to connect in with other services they offer, education days and coffee catchups. Yes there have been other agencies that have helped too but most people know about them. Know them before you need them.
I didn’t lose my hair during the process as chemo wasn’t an option, hence the major surgery. I’m happy to lose my locks for a good cause and pay it back.
A word from my niece Anneke who is very excited about shaving my head:
“Hi, I’m Anneke and I’m fundraising for the Unicorn Foundation. My Cool Aunty T is going to let me share her hair off if she reaches her target of $500. My Cool Aunty T is supporting Unicorn Foundation because it has helped her lot’s the past year. Unicorn Foundation helps all kiwis affected by Neuroendocrine Cancers. They got their name Unicorn Foundation because Unicorns are rare and they help people with rare diseases and cancers”.
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).
Funds raised will contribute towards supporting clinical research, lobbying for funding and further treatment options to become available for neuroendocrine cancer patients, NET Nurse services and building and supporting the NET Cancer community.
Thank you!! 1 October 2021
On behalf of Therese and the Unicorn NET Cancer community we wish to thank every single donor for your generous donations.
Therese has had the shave done by her brave niece and sporting a very cool new look.
Sincere thanks again for all involved and helping to make a difference to many people's lives.