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20/20’s Third Follow Up and a Media Summary from the Past Few Months

For those of you haven’t yet seen the 20/20 story that aired on Thursday night, you can do so by clicking on the 20/20 image.


Hannah and I would like to thank the 20/20 team for their great work over the past few years, their non-intrusive manner, and the way they construct stories that reflect our journey well. We think they did a great job at putting the story together, and we just want to acknowledge all the work they have put into it.

I thought I would also put up a series of links to other media appearances over the past few months so that they are all found in one place.

First was the NZ Herald story that featured on the front page shortly after our Give A Little campaign on October 24th:


and a subsequent follow up on October 25th:


The Dominion Post also did a story which appeared on Stuff.co.nz


Then there was also The Daily Mail that picked up on the story a few days later (and I might add a very comprehensive and accurate account given that we didn’t speak to them at all).


The Give A Little team also wrote a nice summary on their site as this was one of the most successful campaigns that they had ever seen.


There was another appearance in the Otago Daily Times in December after a friend of ours (Anna) was able to organise a brand new Audi to be transported from Palmerston North to Dunedin when we were down there for Hannah’s brother’s wedding. We were given the car to drive for the time we were down there. I have to say, the effort involved in organising that was very impressive, and all done without me knowing. I woke up to hear someone was at the door, and Armstrong Prestige were there ready to hand me over the keys, along with a few cameras as well.


Once Elise was born, we did a follow up story with the NZ Herald as an acknowledgement that their first story was responsible for at least $50 000 dollars of the fundraising that happened back in October. We wanted to let people know how it had made a difference, and that I was able to make the birth of Elise.


After all of that, we have had a number of approaches from the media that we have decided in large part to decline, as we don’t want publicity for the sake of publicity. We also want to protect Elise, as she is yet able to consent to such exposure, and her privacy is for us to care for.

This post is about consolidating the media links into one easily accessible place, and to acknowledge the work that has been done by the media that has both represented our journey well, and also helped contribute to the money raised that has allowed me to continue with treatment that so far seems to be working.

Until next time…

  1. Jan Inwood
    February 23, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I did watch 20/20 and thought exactly like you, it was told beautifully, without being intrusive. Thank you for taking the time to give us other links to follow your story. It is very humbling, reading your story, and it has made me a better person, I’m sure, to what is important in life. Thank you again, x

  2. February 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Such a courageous journey you are on. We have watched every story and are inspired each time. We always are grateful for what we have and our thoughts are with you and your beautiful wife and new daughter.

  3. maggie
    February 24, 2014 at 5:49 am

    looking forward to watching it .,well done 🙂

  4. Greg
    February 24, 2014 at 9:09 am

    You are an absolute gentleman. You and your Wife and daughter are what legend are made of. Truly inspirational. All the very best and congratulations

  5. Dyana Parore-Connell
    February 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    The interview on20/20 was very well done. Thank you for giving us all updates on your journey. You are a LEGEND. My thoughts are with you, Hannah and Elise. Take care God bless

  6. Maree
    February 25, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Hi Jared and Hannah,

    It was lovely to see you and Elise on the 20/20 programme. My family watched it as have many people from my home-group. We are praying for you and will continue to do so. We are happy to hear the Avastin and chemo treatments are working. Congratulations on your wee girl by the way – Elise looks like you Jared!
    Lots of love xx

  7. Kathleen
    February 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    You’re amazing. You inspire me to be thankful for every day!

  8. Dee Karena
    March 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Jared and Hannah
    I saw an item in the newspaper just before Christmas advising that Jared’s cancer was back and that you were pregnant Hannah. That was heartbreaking BUT THEN… I saw the 20/20 program where you introduced NZ’ers to little Elise. She is indeed a cutie. I am pleased that the Givealittle website was successful in raising the funds so you could commence Avastin and hopefully (fingers crossed) spend some quality time with your partner and baby. In closing I just wanted to say how touched I was by your story and am praying for you.

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