A group of Christchurch mothers have formed a charity dedicated to raising funds for cutting-edge Otago University research into the genetics behind cancer.
Each week, three New Zealand families receive the news that their child has cancer, and REACH - Research, Education and Awareness of Child Cancer and Hematology - is looking to cut down on the number of tragedies endured.
There is only one laboratory doing child cancer research in New Zealand, which is led by Professor Parry Guilford.
"To find some new money to do child cancer research is really wonderful for us," he said.
Professor Guilford is hoping to spend the funds raised to extend his current adult cancer research to include child cancer.
"The idea is to develop a simple blood test which would be tailored to each individual patient," he said.
"It would be looking for tumour DNA which has spilled into the bloodstream, and we can use that to monitor the patient's progress and response to drug treatment."
REACH out to help fund ctDNA
Donations and how they will help
Donations will fund the ongoing development of the Circulating Tumor DNA project which will improve outcomes for those children already diagnosed with cancer. Based upon a normal blood sample, ctDNA can give a window into the progress of the tumor treatment. If a tumor is not responding to a treatment, ctDNA will show this faster than current techniques.
Donations will cover the costs for each child's sample to be researched. ctDNA sampling requires only a simple blood test and can be conducted as often as required. This provides the opportunity for more intensive surveillance and faster clinical response times, at lower cost.
Be a Corporate Sponsor
Becoming a sponsor is an excellent opportunity to profile your business in a positive way no matter what your size. REACH will offer corporate sponsors promotional space on our website and associated media platforms. Sponsors are welcome to display their corporate logo and message for the world to see.
Every sponsor who donates to REACH Child Cancer will receive a charitable donation receipt. All funds donated go towards funding this ground breaking ctDNA research conducted at the University of Otago.
Professor Parry Guilford has the attention of the medical research world . Your company can take pride in showing your support to a local and global audience.
Considering a single DNA laboratory machine costs over $100,000 or $1000 for a typical box of test tubes, any and all corporate funding will go directly towards reaching our goal to benefit the lives of our children in New Zealand who are diagnosed everyday with cancer. REACH out and contact us today.
We are always looking for volunteers for special events and street appeals. Even an hour or two makes a big difference. Please contact us and we'll get you started.
We welcome any help from groups who wish to fundraise or hold events to raise money for REACH child cancer research. Take a look at some of our fantastic fundraisers below - you guys rock!
Pretty in Pink
Amount raised - $12,000
Thank you to the Pretty in Pink ladies from Ashburton that ran a high tea day to raise funds for REACH. Everyone had a fantastic day!!
Dumplings on Riccarton
Amount raised - $332.50
Ngahuia (middle) wanted to raise some money for REACH so she started a collection bucket in her Grandparents shop. With her amazing effort and the kindness from the community she has raised $332.50. She is continuing with the collection bucket so when you pop into the Dumplings 2 Dollar Rice shop don't forget to make your contribution to support children with cancer.
Scentsy - Aimee Harris
Amount raised - $150
Thank you for all your help Aimee and everyone who purchased goods in order to help raise funds for child cancer research.
Amount raised - $747.64
"After teaching snowboarding in Canada for 2 months and having my beard both, scare kids as well as freeze and get caught in my jacket zip, I have decided to shave it off. I have had a few cases of cancer in my family where we have had all positive results. To put it simply, I want to help others have the same positives results that me and my family have received by shaving my beard of 2 years off for a great cause. Any funds given will go toward helping fight child cancer. I hope you will join in helping me by donating to this fund"
Amount raised - $705
On the 7th July 2017 Wine Knot ran a fundraising event called "Around the World in 180 minutes". They raised $705.00 for our charity Reach Child Cancer. Bryan Townley was the Captain for the evening that started the journey aboard flight WKA771 at 7pm in the Reach lounge . Guests were then given boarding passes to their destination.
Team Extreme ATV Racing
Amount raised - $159.90
Team Extreme donated $107.90 in total from 3 x fundraisers. Another step for helping Children with Cancer.
Thank you to Team Extreme ATV Racing. You raised $52, what superstars you are! Looks as if you all had a very enjoyable evening. Thank you for helping to REACH child cancer with much needed funds for child cancer research.
Whenuakura Primary School
Amount raised - $415.10
On the 30th October 2018 the children from Whenuakura Primary School ran a Halloween fundraiser for REACH. It was a day filled with spooky and fun challenges. They raised $58.10, well done kids!
Whenuakura Primary School, South Taranaki ran a "Gold Head Day" fundraiser and raised $73.00. The junior class organised this and were very proud of their efforts. They are a two classroom rural school.
Whenuakura Primary School had a second fundraiser and worked very hard selling $1 bags of hokey pokey to raise funds for REACH. They're a class of 21 children and sold 177 bags full of gold lollies to their friends and family. They came up with the idea after having a gold head day a few weeks before. Gold is REACH's colour so they decided to make and sell hokey pokey. Here is a photo of the children counting 5 pieces into each bag.
Amount Raised - $1,752.93
"7 years ago I almost died from a rare illness. At the time I said my perspective in life was changing but turned out to be just words. Nothing had really changed. I still eat and drink what I want, do very little exercise and sit on the couch watching telly most nights.
I have did something that I should have done years ago but have been advised not to do. But sod it I am still going ahead with it. I have entered City to Surf in Sydney - Sunday 13th August. This is only 14k but to me this will be massive.
My illness has had a long lasting effect on my bones and blood pressure which is the big concern......
I know this is not going to be easy but there are so many people in a much worse space than I am. No matter if I run 14k or walk 14k I will do it"
Vege'n Out - Woodend
Amount raised $44.70
Thank you to Vege'n Out Woodend and their customers for their kind donations. A total of $44.70 was raised in our collection bucket.