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Theo’s Journey with Leukaemia

Closed Cause page created in the Health category by Aimie Garas for Gemma Petterson

  • $15,829.00 donated
  • 263 generous donors

Theo is a fighter

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I’m Aimie, Theo's Aunty and Gemma's twin Sister.

Theo is almost two years old and this year will be spending Christmas and his birthday in Starship hospital with his parents Gemma and Mike by his side. He has been diagnosed with BALL - B acute lymphoblastic leukaemia on 11th December.

While this is the better leukaemia to get with regards to survival rate, which in Theo's case is an 80-85% survival rate. The significant number of 'blasts' or white blood cells in Theo's system he has been classified as 'high risk'. This means he will face the highest chemotherapy regime and it will be brutal on his body. Only 3 days after finding out that Theo has leukemia he has already undergone his first surgery; for bone marrow, DNA and gene testing amongst other things.

The first round of treatment is 29 days, with four different chemo drugs being used.

Gemma and Michael have been told to expect Theo will blimp up (significant weight gain expected), will lose all muscle tone (probably means spending significant time in a stroller being pushed around and will have trouble sleeping = highly irritable. He will require further surgeries to track his progress. The first 6 months will be especially intense and his treatment plan will play out over 3 years.

Mike will return to work in Tauranga early January 2018 and Gemma will remain in Auckland with Theo. We are asking for support to help Gemma and Mike with this incredibly challenging journey they have embarked on.

If you could kindly make a donation, no matter how big or small it would be really appreciated.

Use of Funds:

Money raised will be used to assist with travel back and forth from Tauranga to Auckland, living expenses while in Auckland, supplement lost income and cover their expenses in Tauranga. We don't want them to have to worry about anything other than Theo

Page created by:

Aimie Garas

Bay of Plenty

I am Theo’s Aunty and Gemma’s twin sister

All funds raised benefit:

Gemma Petterson

Bay of Plenty

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Gemma Petterson.

“go well team. keep being kind to yourselves and if you have any energy, keep being courageous and ask for what you need. we think of you heaps, and hold you in our hearts. it must be soooo tiring, emotionally, physically, financially, for your marriage, for your other relationships, for your own health and wellbeing. we really hope you feel you're getting the support you need. is that even possible? words words words, they sometimes just don't suffice. giving you virtual long hearty hugs.”
“Thinking of Theo and all his extended family as you walk this journey.”
“Happy birthday Theo xxx”
“Sending your family love and prayers”
“Hugging you and your family in prayers!”
“We wish Theo and your family all the best and we hope his treatments and recover go well”
“Sending love and well wishes from a fellow mumma xx”
“For Cameron Rays 7th birthday he has kindly suggested we donate to this cause in replace of birthday presents. We wish you all the best in the coming months.”
“We wish Theo, Gemma and Michael all the best in their tough journey ahead. Much love Sue and Pete xxx”
“All our love and thoughts are with you.....”
  • $15,829.00 donated
  • 263 generous donors

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This cause page was created on 12 Dec 2017 and closed at 12:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 13 Dec 2018.

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