More than $1.6m given to families in Manawatu¯
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.