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Chance Check Leads To Diagnosis

Julia Robertson made a special effort to come to our Fieldays site this year to explain if she had not visited us at the 2022 Fieldays, she probably would not have done anything about a spot on her face, which has since been diagnosed as melanoma.

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Melanoma New Zealand Fundraiser – Gibbs Farm

Join us on Friday, 14 November, at the celebrated Gibbs Farm – an expansive open-air sculpture park in the beautiful Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland. It houses the country’s greatest collection of large-scale outdoor sculptures, with works by some of the world’s most renowned artists, including Andy Goldsworthy, Anish Kapoor and Richard Serra.

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MyLifeMatters Campaign Launched

MyLifeMatters is a collective of patient advocate organisations representing more than 1 million patients with cancers, rare disorders, diabetes, and other life limiting conditions calling for the New Zealand Government to start investing in new and breakthrough medicines at the same level as other OECD countries.

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August 2023 Newsletter – Spot News

In this issue we feature two patient stories in this issue. Firstly, Julia Robertson and her husband who took the time to visit our team at this year’s Fieldays event at Mystery Creek to thank us for correctly diagnosing a malignant melanoma on her face. Then Emma de Teliga, who was generous enough to share her journey since she was diagnosed with melanoma and why she still feels lucky despite completely having her life turned upside down.  Plus, lots more!

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Delivering the ball…and our key messages!

To help Melanoma New Zealand raise awareness, our Founding Patron, Lynn Stratford, generously sponsored the opportunity to have all of this season’s Mainland Tactix netball home games feature ball deliverers with a family connection to melanoma.

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Cancer strikes Hawke’s Bay family, twice

When former port worker Jason Hooker was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma in January this year, his whānau had just celebrated the news that their 19-year-old son, Mikes, had gone into remission after a seven-year battle with brain and spine cancer.

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May 2023 Newsletter

In this issue, we share the heartfelt story of Jason Hooker, who only just got through his 19-year-old son’s seven-year cancer journey when he was diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year. Jason and his whānau are now juggling his illness with finding ways to pay for his treatment.
We also share a very moving account by Anita Kooge, who, many years on from her son Jeff’s untimely death at the age of 23, is supporting our call for PHARMAC funding for melanoma drugs so others don’t have to suffer the way Jeff did.

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Melanoma New Zealand Reaches Netball Audience

We are so appreciative of Melanoma New Zealand Founding Patron, Lynn Stratford, for generously sponsoring the Tactix ball delivery opportunity, creating a platform for us to share our lifesaving messages about melanoma prevention and early detection.

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Welcome Nurse Sue

We are delighted to welcome Nurse Educator Sue Bibby to the Melanoma New Zealand team. Some of you may be familiar with Sue after she spent some of 2022 working our events around the country, providing free spot checks and education. After qualifying as a registered...

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Lidgard Shades Visit the Cottage Kindergarten

Lidgard Shades Managing Director Adam Wilson was given a special afternoon tea when he visited the winners of our 2022 Get Spotted schools' competition, The Cottage Kindergarten in Invercargill, recently. Late last year, Adam headed down to do a site visit and award...

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Chance Encounters

Once again, our Melanoma New Zealand Spot Check Van was very busy at the latest Mystery Creek Fieldays, where our nurses saw 745 people and found 106 suspicious lesions during the four-day event. Pulling off such a great result was due to the team’s effort to manage...

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Commemorating a true love story

Talented Taranaki musician Susanne Taylor recently held a charity concert in loving memory of her late husband Sean Taylor, who passed away 22 years ago from melanoma. To commemorate what would have been Sean’s 60th birthday, Susanne (who performed under her brand...

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The injustice of unfunded treatments

Ben McGaffney, had to move to Australia to receive funded treatment for stage 3 melanoma that is not funded in New Zealand. Inequitable access to drugs is contributing to hundreds of New Zealanders dying from melanoma each year, and Ben’s story brings home the reason why Melanoma New Zealand continues to lobby for earlier funding and improved patient access to these often lifesaving or life-extending treatments.

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Useful skin check tools

Some useful skin check tools that we are promoting Skin self-exam video Use our Get To Know The Skin You're In - A Guide to Self Skin Checks video to help with your regular skin checks Digital assistant A voice-activated digital assistant ‘Skin Check’ app – Available...

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We need to protect our skin all year round

Aotearoa ski season is upon us. UV radiation is amplified at high altitude, and intensifies as it reflects off the snow. In fact, UV intensity not only increases with reflection from the snow, but from water and even concrete too!

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Out of sight, out of mind

Dunedin-based life coach and public speaker Julie Woods lost her sight at the age of 31, and in this edition of Spot News, she shares her inspirational story of how learning to manage her blindness has helped her through the shock and uncertainty of a melanoma diagnosis seven years ago. 

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I honestly thought it was a Pimple

American-born secondary school teacher Thomas Tripp moved to North Canterbury in 2004.  A self-confessed sun worshipper, Thomas says he absolutely loves the sun and warmth, and grew up in an era when baby oil was applied to the skin to get a tan faster.

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Our Newest Melanoma New Zealand Ambassadors

Martin is Auckland-born and bred, and Laura, who was born in Christchurch, moved to Auckland when she was 18 years old. We caught up with Laura while she is juggling her busy career in lockdown, with two young children, four year-old Harley, and Teddy, who is just...

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The Spot Check Van Saved My Life

Aucklander and early childhood teacher Sarah Dixon’s world turned upside down when she was diagnosed earlier this year with melanoma. At just 33, married to Leigh, with a 12-year-old son, she didn’t realise what melanoma was, let alone how serious it could be, until...

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Family History Increases Your Risk Of Melanoma

Diagnosed with melanoma late last year, 59-year-old Wellingtonian, Andrea Savage recalls holidaying in Kerikeri with her family as a teenager, and getting so sunburnt that she could barely walk. “I got terrible blisters from that particular sunburn, and I remember...

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Horrific And Frightening

Vanessa, Lauren’s mum, shares her perspective on how melanoma has impacted her precious daughter and family. “I’m a nurse, and I knew it was serious the night our neighbour, friend and specialist came around and told us that it was melanoma. I had hoped for the best...

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Our New Mobile Van Spot Checks More Than 1400 People

Since our Melanoma New Zealand Spot Check van launched earlier this year, it has been travelling to different locations to raise awareness about the signs of melanoma, the importance of early detection, and to provide free spot checks. The van was made possible thanks...

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Simon’s Story: Run over melanoma

Simon McLean’s beloved father Colin died of melanoma four years ago at the age of 62. He is planning on running the ASB marathon at the end of the year to fundraise for Melanoma New Zealand, in memory of his dad. “I really want to do something to support the work...

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Adine’s story: I had been a sun worshipper

The summer of 2004/2005 had been a great one, I had just got married, had completed my first year as a commercial lawyer, was rolling into my 6th year as a member of the Silver Fern Netball Team and we had just added a new puppy and Burmese cat to our brand spanking...

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Josh’s story: My dear dad, hero and wingman

My dear father, Roger, passed away on 1st April 2011, one year after having been diagnosed with Stage 1V metastatic melanoma. A month prior to his diagnosis, Dad had been tramping and kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park and was feeling fit and healthy. He had...

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