Cal­en­dars fund treat­ment

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By CHRIS STEEL

Katikati’s Colin Stitt was di­ag­nosed with ag­gres­sive stage four prostate can­cer two and a half years ago.

It was at level 9 on the Glea­son score (a grad­ing sys­tem used to help eval­u­ate the prog­no­sis), which had metasti­sised into his bones.

The 74-year-old said the first on­col­o­gist he saw sug­gested, that along with hor­mone ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion, some nat­u­ral means of fight­ing this can­cer, which come in the way of cap­sules. These cost $171 a bot­tle of 90 and the rec­om­mended dosage is six per day.

“We sim­ply can­not af­ford this, along with the or­ganic diet the same on­col­o­gist ad­vised me to fol­low,” Colin said.

Colin and wife Mau­reen once owned their own home — mort­gage free — but now due to cir­cum­stances be­yond their con­trol are hav­ing to rent and rely on the pen­sion for in­come. To in­crease their in­come Colin has cre­ated a 2019 cal­en­dar with lo­cal pho­tos and lo­cal busi­nesses ad­ver­tis­ing on each month.

“I had 2000 of these printed be­cause the cost of print­ing re­duced dras­ti­cally as the num­ber in­creased.

“I have sold about 800 cal­en­dars dur­ing the past three months, which is good, but with only six weeks left to the new year, I have my doubts that I will sell them all with­out spend­ing money on ad­ver­tis­ing.”

These beau­ti­ful cal­en­dars are colour­ful and cost just $10. Buy­ing one will as­sist Colin to pay for his non-sub­sidised can­cer treat­ment. The cou­ple will be at Count­down su­per­mar­ket to­day from 9am to 5pm and again on De­cem­ber 2 and 10 from 9am to 5pm.

The cal­en­dars are also avail­able from The Big Av­o­cado, Katikati Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, BeeNZ the honey shop on Tet­ley Road and the Or­chard House Cafe on State High­way 2 north of Katikati. Or from Colin’s home at 117a Park Rd, Katikati. Give him a call if you’d like to buy a cal­en­dar or two on 549-4200.

Colin Stitt, with wife Mau­reen, is sell­ing cal­en­dars to help fund his non-sub­sidised can­cer treat­ment and will be at Count­down su­per­mar­ket to­day.

The Beach Rd boat ramp fea­tures on the front cover of Colin’s 2019 cal­en­dar.

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