Thursday, July 24, 2008

A Friend in Need

I'm a bit late to this, but Paul Haines needs your help.

Paul, a wonderful Australian writer, has been battling cancer for the last ten months. He and his family have been through absolute hell. And just when it was starting to look like things were getting better some spots were found on his liver and (This from Paul's blog by way of Ben Peek's )

He [his oncologist] still wants to wait a couple of months (ideally he wants even more than that) to see how the cancer in my liver is behaving. He also understands our fear, our need, to not be sitting around waiting to do nothing. So in those couple of months we will try the other two forms of chemotherapy for cancers like I have and to combine that with a monoclonal antibody called Avastin. Chemo fights the tumour, the antibody fights the blood vessels feeding the tumour. Unfortunately, Avastin is not part of Medicare or the private health system's funding at this stage, so we're having to come up with $20,000 to do it. Our parents have said they will help us here, which is a great relief.

Let's not leave it up to Paul's parents. If you'd like to donate some money, a fund has been set up.

Here's a link to a site where you can donate some money and take some of the pressure off Paul and his family.

Paul's a great guy - not that that matters, I'd really hate to think that that matters - chip in, if you can.

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