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  • Update from Emma     24 November 2019
    Posted by: Andrew Rankin

    Hi all, here is an update from Emma,

    Hello lovely generous friends! I thought I should give you all an update on what’s been going on with us as it’s been a while.

    Chris got out of hospital just over 2 weeks ago. He was in hospital for almost a month so life has been pretty tough for all of us 😑

    He had been having a few issues with his tummy and was in hospital for a few nights after a bowel obstruction. They put a stent in to open up the blockage and Chris came home in the hopes things would settle down. However things didn’t settle and a few days later he went back into hospital with similar symptoms thinking he’d be in there overnight.

    Unfortunately as it turned out they couldn’t just unblock his bowel like we hoped as the blockage was being caused by the tumour. So the very next day with very little time to think about it Chris had what turned out to be a really long and complicated operation. He now has a permanent stoma.

    After the operation Chris’s bowel went into a state of shock and stopped working (pretty normal for this type of op it’s called ileus) and as it was frozen for almost 3 weeks it meant Chris was fed intravenously while he patiently waited for things to start up again. A diet of ice chips and coffee are a great way to lose a few kg...

    A couple of weeks prior to him being admitted he found out that his sore neck he had been having trouble with for months (which came on after he tweaked it surfing) and was told by all the doctors was just a muscle strain, turned out to be cancer and a fracture in his c2 vertebrae... so also during his stay he endured 10 rounds of radiotherapy. This wiped his taste buds and he’s only just starting to taste food again.

    Chris was not a well man and there were plenty of times I was shit scared. Shit scared because all I could think about was our kids not having their dad around anymore. Shit as hell scared because I’m in no way ready to be raising our kids on our own and shit f@#%ing scared because Chris has so much more to do, like go for another surf, take a trip to Bali and clean my car...

    He’s home now and he’s getting stronger and regaining the energy to not only have his most excellent sense of humour back(...) but to have another go at doing what he has to do to shrink the cancer. He’s not quite strong enough to get back onto chemo (that’s happening in another two weeks) but since he’s been home he’s had 2 rounds of Cetuximab. So far those two rounds have cost around $17,000 which means we need to keep raising money.

    It’s amazing the amount that’s been raised but we so desperately need more.

    Please share our give a little page around, tell your really rich mates that their generosity would mean the world to us.

    Stevie and Tom, are only 3 and 1, they need their dad, I need their dad.

    Lots of love xxx

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  • update.     3 October 2019
    Posted by: Andrew Rankin

    Hi all,

    Firstly, a huge thank you from Emma and Chris for your generosity, Chris just cannot believe how generous and caring everyone has been.

    Give-a-little administration have asked me to clarify that: ‘Donations are going to Emma Purchase under her Maiden name of Emma Hansen-Knarhoi.’

    Chris is about to start Cetuximab in combination with chemotherapy, this is the drug that is not publically funded. Initially they were told it would cost $20,000 but this did not include administration so the actual cost is $66,000 for 12 treatments over 6 months. I encourage you to continue sharing this page, along with anything related to helping the Purchase family and others who are fighting this battle. If any of you were thinking of organizing a fundraising event in your workplace I encourage you to do so.

    There is also a petition for the drug to be funded so please sign and share this link as well:

    Thank you,


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