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Name- For Pete's Sake
This page is dedicated to Fundraising for future assistance of the Minchin Family from Ardlethan
Pete is a local boy through & through. Born in Temora, Pete grew up in Ardlethan & completed all his schooling at Ardlethan Central School. Pete then went on to become the 3rd generation to farm the Minchin family farm. This role became permanent when Pete unfortunately lost his Dad suddenly at the age of 56, Pete was only 19. Pete is 1 of 5 children & took on farming full time with his mother as manager.
Pete met the love of his life Fiona at school, going on to marry her & having 4 children. Fiona went to Uni & became a teacher. Fiona carried out casual teaching in the area from 96-2001 before becoming the local Preschool teacher in 2002 & still is to this day.
Pete suffered depression for a lot of years & used alcohol to cope. In Nov 2012 Fiona acted, seeking help from their local doctor. In March 2013 they admitted Pete to the North side Mental Health Hospital in Sydney. Pete returned home a few weeks later, feeling more able to cope with day to day life without the alcohol. Unfortunately this was short lived & in August 2013 Pete found himself back at North side Mental Health Hospital for treatment again.
This is where they discovered Pete had an enlarged liver & began investigating. CT scans showed lesions on the liver which were actually secondary tumours to bowel cancer which may have been there for a few years undetected. On Friday the 13th of September 2013, their lives changed forever.
They were told that there wasn't much they could do & gave him a life expectancy of 3 months, but they didn't know Pete. He started Chemotherapy in October 2013. Surprisingly to the professors & oncologists, Pete was still around 12 months later. So at the end of 2013, they decided to try a liver resection & embolisation to starve other areas of his liver in hope of killing the tumours. This proved positive, they then scheduled a second stage of liver resection for February 2015 but was not possible after discovering spots on his stomach. Pete continued his Chemotherapy as the professors considered a Peritonactomy but fortunately the chemotherapy had reduced the stomach spots.
In March 2017, Pete & Fiona travelled to Sydney once again this time to try an experimental treatment called SIRT (Selective Internal Radiation Treatment). This is where they drop radiation balls directly to the source of cancer.
Unfortunately in July this year Pete was told that the tumours on his stomach & liver are bigger due to Chemotherapy Immunity & the options now are minimal. Pete has to fit certain criteria to be able to try experimental treatments. He either has too much cancer or not enough or not in the right spots. They have Statistically told Pete he has 6 months, but remember, they only gave him 3 months in the beginning & its been almost 4 yrs. They don't know Pete.
With surgeries causing hernias which then required more surgery, Pete nearly lost his life in October 2015 from Sepsis. In January 2016 Pete split his hernia which again resulted in more surgery. In May 2016 he underwent a bowel resection only 1 week before his son's 21st. Pete & Fiona travel over 100km's every fortnight for treatment.
This does not include the many trips too emergency with pain & high temps. Pete says he only does these trips to test out the hospital food & high tails it out as quick as he can as hospitals are only for sick people & the gowns aren't really his style. One bonus Pete says is that he has a 'Chemo Card – Fast Pass', so doesn't have to wait in emergency too long.
Pete has never given up, never asked for help & never lost his sense of humour. Pete has continued to work through all of his treatment Never complaining once. Pete & Fiona do a lot for our small community, often without recognition. This is why we want to give back to them & their family.
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