Supporting Cara Cameron through her cancer fight
Supporting Cara through every avenue possible in her battle against cancer.Auckland
Our wonderful, sister, wife, daughter and friend, Cara, was given earth shattering news on Monday 1 March, when, completely unexpectedly, she was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer that has unfortunately spread to her liver.
Anyone who knows Cara, knows her as an energizer bunny, lover of life, adventure seeker and an all round amazing person. This news is devastating for all that know her, least of all for Cara and her husband James, who only a year ago were married and looking forward to all the adventures life has to offer.
Things have moved unbelievably quickly - Cara was diagnosed on Monday and she had her first session of chemotherapy on Thursday. While she is going through the public system for chemo, and the diagnosis is incurable, there are unfunded treatments that are more targeted toward her bowel cancer and we will be exploring absolutely every avenue possible to ensure our girl lives the life she is meant to lead.
Cara is not the type of person to ask for help - she's tough, stubborn and independent but she needs her village around her now, supporting her every step of the way. Whether its a dollar or a message of support, it would mean so much to us all.
If you have any questions or want to send messages of support please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Loren Bolton's involvement (page creator)
For those that don't know me, I'm Cara's sister and best friend. Born 18 months apart and always by her side. Thank you for all of the support x
Use of funds
Cara needs to focus all of her energy on her treatment which means putting a pause on work for a undetermined amount of time. This fight will cost money and we want to remove as much financial burden as possible.
What a month it has been! We've had a quiz night, half marathon, an upcoming harbour swim, rugby jerseys, cricket jerseys, movie night and our ridiculously talented Cousins busking on the North Shore- all in an effort to fundraise for our lady, Cara. To all of the amazing people who have spent time organising and participating in these amazing events - we are blown away and hope that we could rise to the occasion as you guys have, if it was ever needed. We were also so excited this week to learn that Cara won a 5 night hotel stay at QT Hotel in Wellington, organised by Bowel Cancer NZ, donated by a generous anonymous donor.
Over to Cara. This week she is underway with her 4th round of chemo and 3rd round of the unfunded drug, Cetuximab. We are in awe of her strength and resilience and this message a kind stranger left on a post of Cara's, really resonates and reflects her attitude:
"She who has a “Why” can bear any “How” with Cancer, that’s as true as it gets".
Cara has had some positive news from her doctor this week - without getting into technical terms, Cara's tumor markers (essentially a marker found in tissues that are elevated by the presence of cancer) have gone down (they were very high when she was diagnosed) which is a small indication that her current treatment is the right one for her and is working. We won't know exactly what is happening until a CT scan in May - but for now, we take it week by week, and this week feels a little brighter for us.
How do we say thank you to the 850+ people that have donated through this page, plus the many more that have shown up to support through all the other fundraising avenues? I'm not sure. It is beyond humbling and on the harder days, provides a huge boost and reminder of how loved Cara, James, and our families are. We will never stop saying it - thank you.
All our love
Gosh thanks. We only just met at the ferry. Thankyou
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This page was created on 7 Mar 2021 and closes on 7 Sep 2021.