Tēnā koe and Season's greetings to you,
As the Christmas and summer holidays draw near, it serves as a reminder of what is important in our lives. It is, most often, the time we get to spend with those special and dear to us, with this being especially true for cancer patients and their whānau.
New Zealand has one of the highest documented cancer rates in the world. You’ll have heard that the World Health Organisation recently projected that the number of Kiwis affected by cancer will increase by 50% over the next 12-15 years. These are concerning estimates and every day our trained staff are meeting more people who reach out to the Cancer Society for support.
I want to thank you as your previous generosity has provided important support for people living with cancer, like Rachel - who shares the story of her cancer journey here - and her friends and whānau. We’re truly humbled to have you as a champion of this cause.
Our medical director, Dr Chris Jackson, recently commented that “New Zealand’s access to cancer drugs is worse than in the UK or Australia. I don't know of an oncologist who says our access to cancer drugs is world class or is as good as UK or Australia” (click here to read more)
You’ll read how Rachel was able to gain compassionate access to cancer treatments currently unfunded in New Zealand. These treatments have been successful and, fortunately, given her more time with loved ones.
The stories of the people like Rachel are one of the many reasons we continue to lobby for a review of Pharmac’s funding processes to make treatments readily available for all who need them.
As the incidence of cancer in New Zealand rises, so too will the demand for our services. <<Salutation>>, your ongoing support will help meet this increasing demand and continue to improve the lives of those affected by cancer across the Marlborough, Nelson, Wairarapa, and the Wellington region.
Ngā mihi nui and Best wishes,
Michael Smith | Chief Executive
P. S. By supporting us and our advocacy, you can help New Zealand catch up to Australia and the UK by achieving World Class access to cancer treatment. Your donation can radically change the lives of those living with cancer and their whānau.