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Team Rossie for Alcatraz

Closed Fundraiser page created in the Health category by Emma Duncan

  • $30,250.00 donated
  • 156 generous donors

Swimming from Alcatraz to San Fransisco, raising money for Mercy Hospice in memory of Ross Duncan, our Dad and friend.

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There is now a defining day in our lives which is life before and life after. On August 17, 2016 Ross was on his way home from work when he suffered a massive seizure. He was rushed to hospital where a scan revealed he had a brain tumour, metastatic melanoma. So aggressive that after one month, there were then five tumours.

At only 60, Ross so badly wanted to live. He had so much left to see, do and love that he underwent gruelling radiation and immunotherapy which sadly failed. In March 2017, he was given just 8 weeks left to live.

In those eight weeks our worlds stopped and we spent every waking moment with Ross. We talked, laughed, sung and cried. We talked about the future and made plans, even though we knew they were only dreams. And one of those dreams was to swim from Alcatraz, something still left on the Bucket List for Ross.

On the eighth week, one afternoon Ross suffered a massive seizure at home, which was then followed by over 100 seizures that night. The horror was unimaginable and we had no choice but to go to Hospice. This left our family devastated as we wanted to spend our final moments at home. Even the word ‘Hospice’ was something we tried to protect him from. We felt as if we failed.

From the moment we arrived until we left, we were all cared for in such a way there are no words that can truely explain the experience. It was our home away from home, and was the best place for us to be, we hadn’t failed at all.

Hospice relies heavily on donations, and it is not until you experience the need that you realise it’s importance. Which is why we are dedicating this swim to Rossie, and making it count by raising money for this incredible organisation.

Mercy Hospice thank you.

Page created by:

Emma Duncan


My Dad, Ross Duncan spent his final days at Mercy Hopsice. It was our home away from home during this time and the love, care and support was amazing.

All funds raised go to:

  • Mercy Hospice Auckland Ltd

    Mercy Hospice Auckland provides a range of specialist community palliative care and hospice services for people facing life limiting illnes

  • $30,250.00 donated
  • 156 generous donors

$30,250 donated



This fundraiser page was created on 27 Apr 2018 and closed at 12:59 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 28 Oct 2018.

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