Down with Cancer

"CAR T-cell therapy saved my life. I know I got the fairytale outcome – but this is possible for others too. Let's raise $1 million to help fund the Malaghan Institute's CAR T-cell therapy programme, and get this breakthrough technology to other Kiwis that need it."

David Downs' $1 million pledge

In January 2017, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. After a long and pretty public battle, including 12 rounds of chemotherapy, I ultimately was told my cancer was terminal.

However, I was lucky enough to get onto a clinical trial for a new type of cancer treatment, called CAR T-cell therapy. The treatment is highly promising and opens a new frontier in the fight against cancer. This involved me going to Boston, USA, for an expensive set of procedures. Ultimately though, it was successful and I am in complete remission.

CAR T-cell therapy can be a lifeline and I want to help bring this ground-breaking science to New Zealand. The researchers at the Malaghan Institute are preparing to trial a next generation CAR T-cell therapy, and I'd like to help them get there. The Institute is New Zealand's leader in this area and they have the expertise to take this through to long-term success.

I have committed to raise $1 million to help them. It means giving New Zealanders early access to potentially life-saving treatment.

With your support we can make a real difference for New Zealand. Join with me.

You can donate now or contact the Malaghan Institute's Head of Development Jenny Sim to talk about how you can help.

Or you can contact me if you'd like to know more about my story, or contact the Malaghan Institute's communications team for more about the Malaghan Institute's story.

You can also book me to speak - I'm a pretty decent public speaker, and will entertain and inspire. You can see a preview, and book me through my agent. 

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manuwanui



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