Help a Kiwi Fly Home

This is my nana and me the last time we had to say goodbye. For the last 30 years she has been as near and dear to me as my own mother. Recently she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has had a mastectomy. The surgery went well and she is at home resting up for the next part, which will be the hardest.

She needs Chemotherapy, Radiation and other treatments. The cancer is stage 2 which is aggressive so the treatments will need to be just as aggressive to keep her healthy.

My nana is a very strong and proud woman, she would never ask for help even knowing the next few months will be debilitating for her. She has some help back home, but nothing like the daily care she will need in the middle of the worst of it. 

Currently I am living in the states, working and volunteering. My intention was always to move back and help my nana in her golden years to repay the care she gave me growing up. We were planning on saving up for the move but this tragedy struck. I love my nana more than words can express and I want to be there for her in her greatest time of need.

I need to take 3 weeks of unpaid leave to come home to be with her during the heaviest radiation treatments, taking her to appointments, preparing her meals and doing all the housework so she can focus on recovering.

Finances have not been favorable for me last year but that will not stop me from going. For this reason, I’m appealing to friends, family and everyone who’s ever loved their grandma. Please help me get home so I can help nurse her back to health.


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Zara Powdrill 
Fullerton, CA
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