The medical oncologist gave Damon weeks, to up to six months, dependant on how the chemotherapy worked. “It broke my heart to have to tell my family and friends and especially my amazing kids who are 10 and 12,” said Damon.
It was recommended that Damon receive a drug called Herceptin, which would assist in preventing the spread of the cancer. However according to Damon, Herceptin is not covered by funding for him, and as a result could cost him approximately $100,000 over a six month period for the drug. Some costs have already been covered but Damon still needs to raise a large portion of funds to continue to pay for the drug as well as any daily living expenses. “I have learnt to live and cherish each day and most of all do things that make you happy,” he said.
Damon said that he has seen the results of the treatment. “I am happy to say after two and a half months, all my tumours have reduced by half and my liver functions and blood levels have all improved,” Damon said, “And with help from the Herceptin it has not spread any further.” He has set up a givealittle page to continue to raise funds, and will also be holding a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday 7 April at the Pukekohe St John Ambulance hall.
Dave West, Aaron Wech and their team from Dave West Motorsport not only treated Damon to a few laps around Pukekohe Raceway, but are also giving him a few hotlaps to giveaway in their beast of a truck at the garage sale on Saturday. “I will be holding a silent auction for this, so come along to the garage sale on Saturday 7 April, or email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and the price you would like to bid.”
Damon will be announcing the winner/highest bid on Saturday 14 April on the David West Motorsport Facebook page and in The Post the following Tuesday. “I would like to thank everyone for being involved on my journey to get better. I am going to find ways for Herceptin to be funded and hopefully help others.”
For more info, or to donate, go to: https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/damon-needs-our-help