More than $1.6m given to fam­i­lies in Manawatu¯

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - WHAT'S ON - PAUL MITCHELL

Help­ing peo­ple fight can­cer and boost­ing their morale – Givealit­tle can mean a lot to a fam­ily in need.

For the fam­ily of Tina Patch­ing, a 46-year-old Feild­ing teacher, it helped go to­wards Avastin to fight off can­cer.

Her on­go­ing Givealit­tle cam­paign to pay for the drug was the third most suc­cess­ful in the re­gion, rais­ing $42,376 so far.

Patch­ing was di­ag­nosed with ovar­ian can­cer in 2016, and surgery to re­move the tu­mour also took her womb and her ovaries.

She was told the surgery had a 90 per cent chance of stop­ping the can­cer, but only months later it had spread to her bowel and liver.

All other treat­ments were fail­ing, so on ad­vice from her on­col­o­gist she turned to Avastin, which has had promis­ing re­sults so far.

But pay­ing for the treat­ment on their own would have stretched her and her hus­band Mitchell Patch­ing’s fi­nances to the limit.

With­out health in­sur­ance, they were plan­ning to take out a sec­ond mort­gage to pay for the treat­ment, but a group of friends con­vinced Tina Patch­ing to try Givealit­tle.

‘‘It was a hard pill to swal­low be­cause we’re not tak­ers... [but] I have three daugh­ters and a lov­ing hus­band. I’ve got ev­ery­thing to live for.’’

‘‘I can never think it’s go­ing to beat me. I’m go­ing to be a suc­cess story.’’

She planned to give what­ever was left over from her cam­paign to other Givealit­tle causes – Patch­ing has al­ready made a few small do­na­tions to other pa­tients she met in hos­pi­tal.

‘‘And I’ll do even more when I’m bet­ter.’’

For Palmer­ston North nurse Kelly McNabb, it meant she could af­ford an un­sub­sidised can­cer drug, and buy more pre­cious time with her fam­ily be­fore she died.

The ex­tra time meant Kelly McNabb was able to record bed­time sto­ries, Christ­mas and birth­day

‘‘It was a hard pill to swal­low be­cause we're not tak­ers. ’’ Tina Patch­ing

mes­sages, as well as write years’ worth of Christ­mas and birth­day cards for her kids.

Her hus­band Bren­don McNabb said they wanted to en­sure their sons Daniel and Ja­cob would re­mem­ber what their mum looked and sounded like, and she could be a part of their lives for years to come.

Since the crowd-fund­ing site started in De­cem­ber 2008, Givealit­tle has raised more than $1.6 mil­lion in Manawatu¯ / Whanganui.


This large box is filled with just some of the drugs Tina Patch­ing, from Feild­ing, has to take reg­u­larly to beat can­cer.

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