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Tegan's (Chicken) chasing a grand slam victory against Stage 4 Bowel Cancer + Lynch Syndrome

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At just 26 Tegan (aka Chicken) is embarking on a fight for life against Stage 4 Bowel Cancer + Lynch Syndrome

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Our awesome friend Tegan Hollier (aka Chicken) is on a fight for life.

Instead of swinging for the fence in her first love Softball, this bubbly 26 year old is chasing a grand slam against cancer.

The battle began in February 2020 with surgery to remove the first tumour. Along with it surgeons took 1/4 of the large intestine, 26cm of small intestine and the surrounding lymph nodes. But the confirmation of Lynch Syndrome has brought the devastating news that this genetic condition makes Tegan's body resistant to the usual chemotherapy drugs.

So now in the eyes of the public health system the diagnosis is that Chicken is terminal. BUT there is hope for life with the drug Keytruda.

Keytruda is an immunotherapy treatment will work alongside her own immune system to fight the cancer(s). It is having dramatic effect around the world yet in New Zealand Keytruda is only funded by government Pharmac for treating advanced melanoma. So while we all fight to change this, the cost of life for Tegan with Keytruda is $112k per year.

Chicken is an amazing friend, teammate, daughter, sister, partner + step mother. She is loyal and will always be there when you need her. Whether it be to couch softball or fill in for your tournament team, to paint your car or just give you a cuddle when you are down. She has so much sass and positivity. She is too young to die.

We are asking for your kindness and generosity to help her battle. We want to offer her the gift of life. Your donations go towards funding Keytruda for Tegan + will support her through her journey.

Lynch Syndrome is estimated to occur in 1 in 300 people. For more information about KEYTRUDA visit www.fightcancer.co.nz

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Long time friend and softball team mate

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All funds will go directly to supporting Chicken during her treatment and recovery process.

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Good Sorts, Ambassador + Lynch Syndrome Day  22 March 2020

Posted by: Jo Rule

Today is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. We proudly announce that the Bowel Cancer Foundation Trust NZ have selected Chicken as their newest Ambassador. Find out about Lynch Syndrome below.

And tonight Chicken featured on TV1’s Good Sorts of the week. Tirelessly coaching and managing our softball team even after the diagnosis + while receiving treatment, Chicken really did take it for the team. We are so proud of her + wouldn’t be without her. Watch the story in the link below.

Lynch Syndrome is a genetic condition that runs in families and is due to inherited mutations that affect the gene that corrects mistakes in our genes to stop us from getting cancer.

This hereditary condition increases patients risk of bowel cancer by up to 50% and are generally those who develop bowel cancer under the age of 50 years old.

Tegan is pushing for awareness around Lynch Syndrome and is urging people to be more vigilant with their health.

"Those little niggles you have, you can't just ignore them."

She urges others – especially young people – to be more accepting of the need to visit a doctor.

To find out more about Lynch Syndrome, click below

https://www.bowelcancerfoundation.org.nz/single-post/2017/12/05/What-is-Lynch-Syndrome

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Latest donations

  • Helen

    Helen 9 hours ago

    $50

    Good luck, I’m a friend of Kim’s ( grabham) hopefully this drug will be funded for you soon too

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  • Kim

    Kim 14 hours ago

    $20

    Another week of no bought coffees 😃

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    Donelle 14 hours ago

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