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Helping Karen Oates

Helping Karen Oates

48year old Karen is a devoted wife to Matt and the mother of 10-year-old Jacob and 12-year-old Zoe. On Boxing Day 2018, she was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the cervix.

Karen grew up in the Adelaide Hills excelling at sport and eventually going on to a successful career in Production Management. When she married Matt she selflessly gave up her career and any financial gain to focus her attention on raising her two beautiful children, Zoe and Jacob.

She is a passionate self-taught cook, treating her family to new recipes she is trying to master, with a strong focus on health and nutrition. She doesn’t do anything by halves, throwing herself into learning everything she can about her new passions. This tenacity was on display when after 11 years she decided it was time to re-enter the workforce part time, while still managing the home duties.

She is now putting all that tenacity, and hard work ethic into battling this disease with everything she has.

It has been a devastating shock to her and her family as what started with the only symptom being a swollen right ankle that her GP initially believed might be kidney stones, ended in emergency surgery to perform a nephrostomy, followed by a life-changing diagnosis. Stage IV Metastatic Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the cervix.

3 weeks of recovery and rehab from surgery to reconstruct her bladder was quickly followed by 6 rounds of chemotherapy. Whilst this initially proved to show good results, after 12 months the cancer has now progressed.

Despite regular pap smears and check-ups having developed pre-cancerous cells after the birth of Zoe, a rogue cell found its way towards Karen’s kidney. The doctors have said she probably had a better chance of winning Power Ball than developing cancer in this way.

With no clinical trials available to her in Adelaide and inter-state options not viable due to delays and the need for urgency, her family has no choice but to self-fund these promising and potentially lifesaving drugs themselves.

The drugs are immensely expensive. We are beyond grateful for any support from the Australian community in order to help Karen have the best possible chance.

Peter & Jacque Zanussi
(13 hours ago)
Thinking of You Guys - Much Love Peter & Jacque
$100
S. & G. Smalldon
(1 days ago)
$150
Tracey
(1 days ago)
$50
Glenys
(2 days ago)
$20
Glenys
(2 days ago)
$100
I. Anon
(2 days ago)
$50
Michelle and Christian Stacey
(3 days ago)
Sending our love ❤
$200
DC
(3 days ago)
$25
Dave Wilson
(3 days ago)
$200
Melanie & Ryan Knuckey
(3 days ago)
$250
Tom M
(3 days ago)
I’m sorry I’m on centerlink so it’s not much but I hope it helps.
$20
Anonymous
(3 days ago)
$15
Michelle & Dirk Carstens
(4 days ago)
Sending you much love from Munich xx
$500
Kate Langley
(4 days ago)
$20
kate h
(4 days ago)
$40
Corby
(4 days ago)
$50
Liz and Iain Campbell
(4 days ago)
$200
Slaven
(4 days ago)
Keep fighting Karen lots of love and best wishes
$500
Andrew $ Georgette Mallitt
(4 days ago)
Wishing you a full recovery
$150
Sarah T
(5 days ago)
$20
Nancy & Family
(5 days ago)
$100
Downie Family
(6 days ago)
Wishing you all the best Karen xx
$500
Sue and Mark
(6 days ago)
$100
Dawn & Phil Jennings
(6 days ago)
$100
Aramesh
(6 days ago)
Keep fighting, good days will come.
$150
Kitchin Family
(7 days ago)
$100
Anonymous
(7 days ago)
$100
Anonymous
(7 days ago)
$100
Gabe
(7 days ago)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you
$300
james jeffrey
(7 days ago)
Our thoughts are with you
$50
Janet C
(7 days ago)
$20
Janice Sharp
(7 days ago)
$200
Janys D
(7 days ago)
$100
Ian & Lena Chapman
(8 days ago)
Hope treatment works
$200
Carly Cox
(8 days ago)
I know how hard this is, my mum has breast cancer good luck with reaching your goal. Xx
$20
Daz
(8 days ago)
Keep fighting guys
$200
Dave, Steph, Theo and Lenny
(8 days ago)
$200
Sharon Magro
(8 days ago)
$30
Serena and Jared
(8 days ago)
Sending love and strength.
$200
Nick & Mers
(8 days ago)
All the best x
$300
J MAC
(8 days ago)
MATT , KAREN I hope this can help in the goal of making this treatment happen .Thoughts are with you
$500
Bernard and Margaret
(8 days ago)
With our best wishes
$50
Nano cafe
(9 days ago)
$750
Debbie & Leigh Clothier
(9 days ago)
hang in there
$200
Mum & Dad Chapman
(9 days ago)
Hope boat turns around & does not go up shit creek.Have a lot of fishing still to do. Love M&D
$5,000
Jodie & Family
(9 days ago)
$100
Scott
(9 days ago)
Hope is everything
$100
Beau Chapman
(9 days ago)
much love xx
$1,000
Anonymous
(9 days ago)
$2
Rob & Celeste
(9 days ago)
Our thoughts are with you.
$500
Rebecca
(9 days ago)
Sending love, strength and hope to you all x
$1,000
Darren
(10 days ago)
You got this Karen! With much love to you all ❤️
$500
Craig, Ursula & family
(10 days ago)
Love & Positive vibes always ❤️❤️❤️
$2,000
Bev & Trev
(10 days ago)
Love, Hope, Strength
$100
Ros B
(10 days ago)
$50
Anonymous
(10 days ago)
$30
Anonymous
(10 days ago)
$250
Victoria & Andy
(10 days ago)
$200
BOOM (Brunetta Barbieri)
(10 days ago)
All my thoughts and prayers are with you Karen xx
$100
BOB BROOKS
(10 days ago)
$200
Derek and Frisca
(10 days ago)
$200
Col Sam Steve Lisa Jenny Mat
(10 days ago)
So much love surrounding you. XXXX
$1,500
Chloe
(10 days ago)
$200
Suzanne and Geoff
(10 days ago)
With love and prayers
$1,000
Catherine Clare
(10 days ago)
$200
Giacomo
(10 days ago)
🤍
$1,000
Nell Robinson & family
(11 days ago)
Sending love and strength. X
$100
Anonymous
(11 days ago)
$15
Duncan and Judy
(11 days ago)
With all our love x
$500
Peter & Jacque Zanussi
(11 days ago)
Love from Townsville
$200
N,K,J,R
(11 days ago)
All our love from The Goldie xxx
$4,000
Damon and Callum
(11 days ago)
$200
Michele
(11 days ago)
with love
$1,000
Dany and Celin
(11 days ago)
Love and Prayers from us, stay strong!
$500
Janet Hawes
(11 days ago)
The Hawes family send all their love xxxooo
$200
G & A
(11 days ago)
Sending love xx
$1,000
Trevor & Diane Quinn
(11 days ago)
our thoughts are with you
$500
Pete and Liz
(11 days ago)
Best Wishes. Love from the NT
$500
Katherine
(11 days ago)
$500
Mark Riordan
(11 days ago)
$500
Rohit Venugopal
(11 days ago)
Wishing Karen a speedy recovery, God bless you and the family.
$50
Jeff and Margaret
(11 days ago)
Love to the four of you
$1,500
Dayalan
(11 days ago)
Best Wishes
$200
Bryan
(11 days ago)
$500
T,S,J,T
(11 days ago)
Love from Brisbane
$2,500
Matt and Jo
(12 days ago)
With all our love xo
$250
Peter and Liz Clare
(12 days ago)
Sending our love xx
$1,000
Kaylene and Grantley
(12 days ago)
With Stacks of Love
$4,000
Cuono & Athena Riccio
(12 days ago)
Sending our very best wishes
$1,000
Dargies
(13 days ago)
Sending Love from Brisbane xxx
$2,000
Caitlin Hobbs
(13 days ago)
$30
Cowgill Family
(14 days ago)
Sending love
$2,000
Phil, Josie & Riley
(14 days ago)
$2,500
Kate & Richard Vines
(15 days ago)
With our very best wishes.
$250
Category: Patient
Tags: metastatic cervical cancer; squamous cell carcinoma; nivolumab; ipilumumab,
$49,957
raised of $100,000 Goal
donations