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Our deepest heartfelt gratitude

How do I put into words something that cannot really ever truly be described…

The past 2 1/2 days has allowed us to witness to what has been the single biggest act of generosity we have ever seen…

There are no words that can adequately express our gratitude. The sheer scale of what has happened is far beyond our comprehension.

When our friend Anna set up the give-a-little page, we thought it would be months before we reached our target. It instead became a sprint to the finish taking only 7 hours from when it all started. The experience was the modern day equivalent of a telethon with the constant pressing of the refresh button, watching the numbers tick by. This was facilitated by the literally hundreds of shares on Facebook and Twitter, with friends of friends of friends keeping the momentum going. Once the target was reached, it became readily apparent that the giving was not slowing down.

100,000 in 30 hours….

140,000 in 52 hours….

The scale and rapidity of the charity clearly impressed a few people, with both the NZ Herald and the Dominion Post picking up the story. When the Herald interviewed me, I had no idea that it would literally be on the front page the next day. It is a testament to the goodwill and generosity that exists in our society, and to be  honest, Hannah and I are completely overwhelmed. We are truly, truly lost for words.

It is with all of the above that Hannah and I feel we should state that we are no longer seeking to raise funds. We have been blessed incredibly, the seemingly daunting task of 60,000 for my treatment has been reached and exceeded. Not only will the treatment be covered, but the additional funds will go a long way to helping provide financial security when my income eventually stops and Hannah  takes time off work to be a mother. We also appreciate that there are still people who genuinely want to give that have not yet had the opportunity, so we will continue to keep the give-a-little site running for now, but it is likely we will close it sometime in the next few weeks instead of the 3 months we initially set it to run for.

To our family, our friends, and those we don’t know. We will be forever grateful for what has happened in the past 48 hours. It has brought us to tears and left us without words.  The reality of our situation unfortunately has not left us, and we will shortly jump back on this roller coaster that seems to have the highest highs and the lowest lows. Through your generosity I will start back on chemotherapy this Wednesday and Bevacizumab will be part of the regime. We hope and pray that it achieves that extra time that we so desperately want, that we might celebrate the creation of new life, before my own comes to its end.

May God bless you all as you have blessed us.

Until next time…

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  1. October 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Awesome. Enjoying seeing your faces on the front page at the dairy. 🙂

  2. Tess Keighley
    October 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Awesome news Jared and Hannah. It has been exciting to see the numbers go and to see people’s generosity. All the best for Wednesday and for the rest of your treatment. We’re all looking forward to seeing photos of you holding your dear daughter 🙂 Tess

  3. Jaime
    October 24, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Funny you should mention the telethon phenomenon, I thought that today 🙂

  4. October 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Hi guys, I saw mention of you on Facebook (I believe we have friends in common) and have since seen you on news sites and the front page of the paper today. Hannah, I was in a very similar place to you in late 2011 and my heart aches for you. May this money buy you time time you are hoping for, and may you both know peace. Much love.

  5. October 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    that was so much fun! yay God!

  6. mel
    October 24, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Please, dont feel you have to close the page, i know myself and many others would love to be able to help out hannah and your daughter as time goes on. The money raised in testimante to the amazing man of you god you are and have been, may the blessings be ubundant on you all

  7. Laura
    October 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    You are loved

  8. Brigitte Murdoch
    October 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    All the best for Wednesday, Jared. You three are deeply loved.

  9. Nicole
    October 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Wow! How wonderful! Thank you Lord! This blog is certainly NOT the boredom blog! God bless you guys so much xxoox

  10. Jason Shaw
    October 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Fingers crossed buddy!! It’s all good news from this point on! God bless you and your family. Much love from my family to yours.

  11. Theresa
    October 24, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    It has been heart warming and mind blowing here too (australia) to see, and all over the world no doubt the support came from; I thought I was seeing things when I shared it on FB then refreshed too! I am thrilled such generosity exists, yet it really speaks of the highest of people you and Hannah are and the impact Jared’s words have had on so many on this blog, and I am sure the people you work with, serve and know; I pray many more people will read and be moved by your blog – your faith, ideas and perspective on mortality and life, marriage and determination. Our hearts ache for you two, and prayers are offered daily;
    yah NZ and afar, well done!

  12. Janice Roseingrave
    October 25, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Dear Jared and Hannah, I am a New Zealander that is living in Belgium and have just become aware of your story yesterday, so I spent last night reading right through your blog to follow the timeline of your events over the past few years.

    What an inspiration. You were able to complete your medical training during your illness, something that I was unable to achieve during my illness. Your ability to switch from patient to doctor to husband is just amazing!

    I hope that the new treatment gives you as much time as possible, with Hannah, your yet to be born daughter, family and friends.

    Taje care and my very best wishes, Janice.

  13. emma
    October 25, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Good luck with the new treatment.. you deserve to meet that daughter of yours!

  14. October 25, 2013 at 9:01 am

    It is my belief that you should not be in too much of a hurry to close the account. While you have achieved more than you needed for your drugs, you both deserve to have the peace of mind this account will bring you, as your progress to being three. Hannah and the wee angel will need financial support after your time comes ….leading in to that time …. you will have the added ”peace of mind” to know lots and lots of people want to help by assisting you to alleviate some pressures you may feel — that your special ”girls” will have the financial matters eased for them. Lois Ronberg

  15. Dyana Parore-Connell
    October 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Awesome news Jared and Hannah. Good luck with your new treatment- you deserve it. Take care. God bless.

  16. rory downey
    October 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    second mel’s comment! keep it up!

  17. Lois Frith
    October 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    awesome. hoping the extra $ go to Hannah and bub as a ‘nest egg’.

  18. October 25, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    God bless you guys and may you be healed in Jesus name xx

  19. Claire Donald
    October 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Dear Hannah and Jared, I too am a stranger to you both. Became aware of your story thanks to Helen Sosna who I work with. Your amazing story continues to “live” with us as my family and I pray for the three of you each time we sit down to dinner together and say grace. I feel compelled to share with you something close to my heart: that your little girl has absolute assurance that her father loves her. There are many, many children who do not know this, even though their Dads are still with them in this world. You have made us better people for having shared in your story. God bless you and keep you. Claire Donald.

  20. October 26, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Hi jared, I’ve just ready your story and wanted to get in touch. I wanted to email you privately but cant see your address so i hope you don’t mind me sharing in the comments. Myself and my husband Greg were in a very similar situation. Despite greg’s terminal prognosis due to an aggressive brain tumour, we chose to marry, have IVF and start a family. We were up against the clock as you are, so I fully understand the difficult juxtaposition of life and death youre facing. When my daughter Rosie was born my husband cried with happiness, she brought him so much joy in the short time they had together. They did a brain scan on him when she was 4 days old and they said it was incredible that he was still able to walk and talk, as the scan showed a very different picture. He should have been in a coma but he was walking around. Don’t underestimate what you can achieve when there is will to live. I honestly believe that Greg waited to see his daughter born despite his ailing health. Knowing there was a part of him living on in his daughter brought him great comfort. Greg died when Rosie was 8 weeks old, although he was very ill from 2 weeks onwards. She still made him smile and laugh, despite his health, and he bottle fed her as late as 2 days before he died.

    I can’t do anything to help you, i wish i could, but I wanted you to know what a comfort it has been for me to have our daughter. She is the mirror image of my husband. Not only does she look like him but she has his mannerisms, his sense of humour, his wry smile, even his double jointed feet! I keep telling her she’s going to grow up to be a big hairy man. There is far more of Greg in her than I imagined, expressions and mannerisms that I thought would need to be modelled to learn, are emerging as she gets older. My grief is painful, I cry most days and love him as much today as I did when he was here, but my daughter gives me joy, affection, and keeps me going when times are hard. He lives on in rosie which gave him great comfort to know when he was here, and I feel that he’s not really gone as a part of him is blowing raspberries in the corner. The fundraising is fantastic, I wish you every luck with the new treatments. Your attitude and thankfulness is humbling. You sound like a lovely couple, enjoy planning for the arrival of your little one. The only time is now, you cant do anything about the past or the future. Prepare for your baby as any other couple would, and enjoy this time together as much as you can. All the best xxx

  21. October 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Hi! Jared and Hannah,

    I read your story in the NZ Herald online.Wow! the response and generosity of people
    out there has been truly amazing. It is not difficult to understand why you were at a loss
    for words, humbled, overwhelmed, deeply touched and deeply grateful.
    I know if we were in your shoes many of us would be the same too.

    There are good people out there and kind strangers too who make this world a
    better place.

    I love the comment from Helen which pretty much, sums up what you have said Jared,
    and why the Avastin treatment would extend the time to meet your baby when born.

    I hope your baby is the spitting image of you and all of that, for you to see and to comfort Hannah in the days years ahead to bring her joy, strength, cherished memories of
    the precious time in your lives shared together.

    Our hearts and prayers go out to you.

  22. KUmar
    October 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Jared, read your story in the herald and it did break me and my wife’s heart. We cannot do much to help you out of this, but Jesus Christ can. He is the way, the truth and the light. We sincerely pray for you that the Lord would hold you in His righteous right hand and take you through this absolutely strengthened according to His will.

  23. Kumar
    October 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    However worse your situation may be, JESUS CHRIST can be your only Hope!!! By His stripes , we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Our prayers for u.

  24. Maree
    October 28, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Jared and Hannah,

    It’s truly wonderful that the Lord has provided for you and I hope you will take this as confirmation you have made the right decision with regards to Avastin even though you
    had reservations about it at the beginning! You are soooo doing the right thing 🙂

    You are in our ;prayers for Wed’s and for your treatment plan with Avastin. We look forward to you sharing your photos with us of your wee one! Love and God’s blessings,
    Maree xxx

  25. October 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Jared, I guess I’m one of those that didn’t make it in time! However, I’m so glad that you have received incredible support from the community/world. I wish that this warm feeling with stay with you as you fight the battle with cancer.

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