Anne Mitchell Chemotherapy Fund
However, on April 7th, 2014, my mother Anne Mitchell was sitting in the oncology ward at William Osler Hospital with an IV in her arm about to receive her first of six chemotherapy treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia when the pharmacist came over and informed her that the government would not pay for her treatment.
As he explained, the main drug her doctor prescribed (Bendamustine) is only covered for 'first line' chemo. Since my mother had chemo before, it's not covered for her. Even though she wasn't able to complete the chemo before because she had such a negative reaction to Fludarabine and is unable to take that medication again.
The other issue is that along with the main drug, they give a companion drug (Rituximab). Rituximab is approved for second line use, but only with Fludarabine the drug my mother can't take.
Despite our best efforts, we have been unable to get the government to reverse their decision, so we have to turn to friends, family, and supporters for help.
The total cost for this treatment is $52,000. The manufacturer of Bendamustine has agreed to cover $5,400 of the cost, which leaves my parents with $46,600 to pay so my mother can receive the treatement she needs to live.
As my parents are both retired, any amount raised will help them immensly. We are shocked and saddened that the Canadian government has put us in this position of asking for help, and we appreciate any donation you can make.
For news coverage of my mother's situation, please see the following:
Thank you everybody who has donated, while the amount donated did not cover all the costs it has covered a great portion and I am eternally greatful for each and every donation from the smallest to the largest. To those of you who have donated and are facing. Challenges in paying for your own treatments, I wil try and help if I can just get in touch with me
Bev, keep it in the public eye, write your local mp, newspaper etc. the more people know about the inequity in the Ontario health system the better. Wish you luck
My husband has experienced exactly the same issue for a similar type of blood Cancer. We have gone public on CHEX TV in Peterborough. The simple things mean so much when you face this type of crisis.
I want to thank each and everyone who has contributed. Someone made the comment that. They were sorry their donation was so small. No donation is ever too small, the fact that someone cared enough to donate at all means the world to me. I am astounded that so many people care even though they don't know me or my family. Once I come through this I will be fighting endlessly for everyone who finds themselves in the same position as myself. This should never happen in this country of ours and it will only change when enough people protest the unjustness of the system where patients in 1 province can receive the same treatment for free while a patient in another province has to pay for it. Again, my thanks to all, your help and encouragement is truly appreciated.