Tegan's (Chicken) chasing a grand slam victory against Stage 4 Bowel Cancer + Lynch Syndrome
At just 26 Tegan (aka Chicken) is embarking on a fight for life against Stage 4 Bowel Cancer + Lynch SyndromeAuckland
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
Jo Rule's involvement (page creator)
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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Tegan (Chicken) being Auckland based has been resting up in level 3 lockdown following her liver surgery so we haven’t seen much of her lately. But today at 4 weeks post op she is venturing out all guns blazing to chemo! This times rounds are in the public system, yay!
The plan is a further seven treatments as a clean up scenario to catch any microscopic cancer cells lingering. They will try a lower dose to start with + hope to see a reduction in the side effects.
Fingers crossed this will be her last leg but Drs will see how her body reacts post chemo before deciding on the future.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported her this far, physically, mentally and financially. Your continued love and support really blows us all away!
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This page was created on 22 Jan 2020 and closes on 22 Jan 2021.