About Lachie

Lachie’s Story


About Lachie

In January 2012 Lachie was diagnosed with stage 4, high risk neuroblastoma. Life as it was known stopped and a new journey, one focused on survival, began.

For the next 18 months Lachie would spend more than 200 nights in hospital. Countless rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, stem cell transplant, immunotherapy and radiation. During this stressful time, fundraising was needed to self-fund MIBG treatment in Australia – treatment unavailable in New Zealand.

Lachie began his first year of school on treatment. In July 2013 he finished treatment and began adjusting to life ‘post treatment.’

Fast forward 7 years to 2019 and a routine check-up and blood test would reveal the worst. Lachie’s cancer had returned.

Treatment began immediately. More hospital stays, chemotherapy and immunotherapy. And once again, fundraising for MIBG treatment in Australia, all under the shadow of a looming global pandemic crisis.

By late March borders had closed. New Zealand was in lockdown and travel was impossible. Despite a valiant fight, Lachie died on June 30th 2020.