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unfunded cancer treatment

Cause page created in the Health category by Patricia Kouwenberg for "Davey Edward"

$9,529 donated
Given by 67 generous donors in 8 weeks

Davey often put his life and livelihood on the line to improve the world we live in..he really does deserve a break.

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Davey was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2016 in the Netherlands..they advised he had six months to live without treatment..twelve months with.

Davey was working as Technical Manager of Greenpeace's ships (on a volunteer and paid basis) which involved extensive travel and responsibilities with symptoms of his cancer overlooked until well-advanced.

After four years of treatment in Australia and here in New Zealand only one option remains that will give him a positive prognosis..Pembrolizumab (Keytruda).

Approved by the FDA in 2019 it remains unfunded in NZ.

We have financed one treatment of Keytruda privately at the hefty price of $10,000 with subsequent treatments recommended every three weeks..and unaffordable to us.

Patricia Kouwenberg's involvement (page creator)

Davey is my partner of 32 years..we met on a Greenpeace ship on which he was working.

Use of funds

To fund further Keytruda treatment.Without exception his oncologists recommend Keytruda as a viable option with his condition favorable for long-term remission.

Latest update

Scan results  3 October 2020

Posted by: Patricia Kouwenberg

Davey had a ct scan in Waikato Hospital on the 16 September and it took two weeks to get the results. What is a long time. But the results came back as that the cancer is stable. What means the cancer has not grown and has slightly improved. The oncologist in Rotorua is cautiously optimistic. After two treatments of Keytruda it is difficult to say how much impact it has has so far. The three chemos Davey has had came with a lot of side effects. The last one folfox6 did not work. That’s why it is so important that Davey can continue this treatment. Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared this on social media.

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Latest donations

Jess 1 day ago
Jody 1 day ago
Davey you got me started on the ships and by doing changed my life for the better. Thank you . Love and healing for you and your whanau.
Guest Donor
Guest Donor 1 day ago
Bunny 1 day ago
Hans-Ulrich 1 day ago who helped, will receive help..... All the best, David Hans (from Germany)

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