Network News - 3 July 2017

Since our last Network News one of our members, Udaya Kovvuru, passed away on 21st June 2017. We met Udaya, and his wife Shoba last year after his surgery. We have followed his journey through our Facebook group. Udaya, was fortunate to have wonderful support from Shoba. She is a wonderfully generous and wise person, sharing their story, and supporting many others. Udaya, had the benefit of hospice care over the last weeks of his life, and we thank everyone for their care and support. Shoba, our thoughts are with you and your family.


World Head and Neck Cancer Day: Public Lecture Cancelled

Sadly, we had to cancel our public lecture evening. There are still plenty of events for you to get involved in over the month. This month our meeting at Domain Lodge is devoted to World Head and Neck Cancer Day. We will have head and neck cancer ribbons available. If you wish to order before the event, please email us $1 each. If you are a Twitter person, watch hashtags #whncd2017 and #whncdnz If you have events to share please email, and we will add them to our website.


To achieve our aims of connecting and supporting New Zealanders affected by head and neck cancer in 2017 we are preparing Patient Packs. These packs are for new patients, and include a pen, notebook, information sheet and a pair of socks. This is a great way to connect with new patients, and ensure that no one should ever be alone.

This year we are raising funds during the month of July. Our donations ensure the Network can keep connecting, supporting and advocating for people with head and neck cancer in New Zealand. We are a lean organisation, and our most precious asset are our volunteers. They continue to give their time generously to others, and support our aims. This month I want to thank Olwen Williams, for her generous time given to our website, publications and promotion material. Please consider making a donation for our year ahead.

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Free neck lump clinics

FREE MercyAscot Neck Lump Clinics are being provided on Wednesday 26 July at these times and places:

  • 9.00 - 12.00 at the Neck Lump Clinic, Fred Thomas Health, 2 Fred Thomas Drive, Takapuna
  • 13.00 - 16.00 at the Neck Lump Clinic, Mercy Radiology (Rad2), 98 Mountain Road, Epsom
  • To book for the free clinics:
July 27, 2017
  • Jul 27, 2017 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Location: Foyer for North Shore Hospital
  • Description:

    We are running a stall to raise awareness of Head and Neck Cancer. The public are encouraged to have any lumps, and bumps checked. There will be a variety of HNC patients, caregivers, and medical staff to talk to. We will have information, and…

  • Organized By: Diana Ayling
  • Tags: whncdhead and neck cancerzealand

Welcome to our new members: 

Jacqui williams from Cornwall. We welcome you all to our Network. Please take a look around our site and make yourself at home.

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Kind regards,

Diana Ayling


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