In Support of Andrew McPhedran

$207,390 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 316 people in 3 months
Created January 16, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Andrew McPhedran
In early December 2018, Andrew McPhedran was diagnosed with advanced, Stage 4 lung cancer. At age 54, a life-long non-smoker, and otherwise healthy and well, this was truly unexpected and devastating news.

To all who know him, Andrew is kind and approachable, generous with his time and energy. He’s always been more than willing to talk with and help others, but would never ask for help for himself. He’s a cherished brother, son, father, husband, colleague and good friend to many. He’s also the life of the party. So as one might expect, he is coping with the news in his usual fashion – stoicism, philosophizing, and humor.

His cancer is EGFR positive – a genetic change more common in non-smoking people who develop lung cancer, and something directly targetable with several drugs. The newest, osimertinib (Tagrisso) developed by Astra Zeneca, works for almost double the time of the older drugs, with fewer side effects. This is the drug his Oncology team is pushing hard to get for him. Unfortunately, because it is a newer and very costly drug, it is not funded at the moment. A $9000 a month, this is a steep cost for anyone.

This campaign has been launched to assist Andrew with accessing Tagrisso. While the cancer is too advanced to cure, this drug will extend our time with him. Also, by sharing his story, we can raise awareness and start conversations about a few issues, such as the stigmas surrounding lung cancer (especially in non-smokers), and the challenges faced by patients trying to access new cancer drugs. We hope that conversations now will lead to changes in the future.

Thank you for your support.
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Hello friends,
I wanted to say a quick hello and thank you all for your continued support. It is a funny thing...I think of you all all the time in my heart thank all of you. And everyday at 12 pm I take one of your pills, and I silently thank everyone of you for helping to keep me alive -and functional (a little crotchety at times but generally pretty good;-) Who's complaining!

I can only hope that my thinking of you with love and care will somehow help you in some way.
When you're not feeling great and the day isn't going your way. I am thinking of you and thanking you for your love and generous spirits. Everyday.

All my love, thanks and best wishes, Andrew
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Hello Everyone.

I just wanted to say a massive 'Thank You' for the continued support, positivity and kindness sent our way. My family and I continue to be overwhelmed by the depths of generosity and compassion of our friends, family, neighbors and colleagues; we are so fortunate.

We are almost on the second month of Tagrisso - the time has flown, and we have well surpassed the original goal. Truly, obtaining this drug was made feasible through your assistance, and we are so grateful.

Thank you all.
Rachel M :)
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Hello everyone!
Thank you so much for your incredible support and positivity! It's been a crazy few weeks.

I wanted to post an update reflecting the group's effort to get Andrew access to Tagrisso - he started today!
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Hello my friends and most generous and loving supporters!
I will try and thank everyone one of you individually as I get my strength back from lung infection (un-needed-no kidding). I can only say that I am completely and utterly overwhelmed by the love and support that all of you have, all shown to me. It is a strange thing to be fit and be told this diagnosis but it is even more surreal to see and feel the outpouring of care and support from all of you. I don't have the words to really thank you the way I would like you all to feel it.
I can only hope that I will be able to pay this great kindness forward and help others . We are currently reaching out to the various government ministries and associations to see if we can help shed light on this medical grey area. in our Health System. Hopefully we can help others who are not as fortunate as I am to have support of such wonderful friends.
Please know that I am touched to the core of my heart at your outpouring of love, well wishes and unbelievable generosity.
All my love and thanks,

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$207,390 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 316 people in 3 months
Created January 16, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Andrew McPhedran
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