Supporting Ruth through stage 4 bowel cancer

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Given by 353 generous donors in 6 weeks

Support page for mother diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer.


In March 2024 our beloved sister Ruth Mitchener was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer, which has metastasised to her liver and lungs.

Ruth is only 40 years old, lives on the Kapiti coast with her husband Andrew and their two young children, aged 9 and 6. Her diagnosis has come as a total shock, and we are all reeling with shock.

Ruth has undergone numerous invasive procedures, and is now on a journey through gruelling chemotherapy treatments every fortnight in Wellington for the next 5 months.

While completing treatment Ruth is unable to work, or even transport herself to the hospital. Ruth had just won a scholarship to start a PhD in Industrial Design, however this sudden diagnosis has meant she has now had to put this on hold. Her husband Andrew has significantly reduced his workload to part time hours to focus on caring for Ruth, as well as for the children and home.

Your support will go to keeping a roof over their heads and your help will keep food on the table, provide childcare when Ruth is in treatment, transport to hospital, and will help Ruth to spend as much precious time with her children and family as possible.

We are holding our breath waiting for the results from Ruth’s next scan, which will determine further treatment and prognosis.

It is difficult for Ruth to ask for help. She means the world to us, but to her little kids she is the whole world, and she wants nothing more than a future with her family, so thank you in advance for your love and support.

Lilian Sumner Gilbert's involvement (page creator)


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Funds go directly to Ruth and Andrew, no-strings attached, to be spent on food, bill payments, and transport from Raumati to Wellington Hospital.

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Latest update

CT results update  30 May 2024

Posted by: Ruth Mitchener

Thank you so much to everyone for your incredible generosity, we are all very overwhelmed by the immense love and support!

Update 30/5/24: Ruth has had the results from the latest CT scan (to see if the current chemotherapy treatment is working) the scan however showed the cancer has grown a bit more since the last scan in March so next week Ruth will be starting a different chemotherapy treatment, which will hopefully do the trick, if not, the next course of action will be some unfunded drugs.

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Susan 1 day ago
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Lily 2 days ago
Juliette 6 days ago
Ruth Mitchener

Thank you juliette! Xx

Ruth Mitchener
Max on 12 Jun 2024
Ruth Mitchener

Max you are too kind, thank you!!!

Ruth Mitchener
Jo on 08 Jun 2024

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This campaign started on 7 May 2024 and ends on 7 Nov 2024.