"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."
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.
Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manuwanui