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
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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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Our Chicken is no chicken! Here she is rocking her latest trophey that she got from her successful sugery today.
Thanks to your amazing donations, during lockdown Tegan was able to access not only chemotherapy but the unfunded drugs Avastin and Folfox. This drug combination has as hoped, nailed the tumours.
So the surgeon who was initially worried about removing the cancerous lymph behind the main Aorta managed to find it straight away + take it out in full.
For the liver there was a slight change in plan + it just only needed to be heat treated and part removal. Success!
There will be a bit of recovery to go, followed by more chemo but Tegan is on the right path.
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This page was created on 22 Jan 2020 and closes on 22 Jan 2021.