IT?S JUST NOT FAIR
By ADRIAN MILLER
YAMBA resident Sue Hulland can't afford to buy the medication that could save her life.
Diagnosed in September 2004 with HER2 positive breast cancer, Mrs Hulland's best chance of survival is a drug called Herceptin.
But Herceptin is not currently available through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) to women in the early stages of breast cancer, despite clinical trials suggesting that is when the drug is most effective.
Only women with advanced or secondary breast cancer are eligible for Herceptin through the PBS.
But it can be bought, and to give herself the best chance of survival, this is what Mrs Hulland has decided to do.
The only problem? It will cost $55,000 for one year's treatment.
Mrs Hulland, a painter and potter, and her husband Rob, also a painter who has had a one man show at the Grafton Regional Gallery and runs a lawn mowing business in Yamba, can't afford the treatment on their own.
For that reason, the Wellspring Christian Life Centre, where the Hullands are members, has started the fundraising drive.
Along with The Daily Examiner, it is calling on the community to help the Hullands.
A fete was held last weekend, with more than $1600 raised for Mrs Hulland's treatment, but more is needed.
Fete organiser Brenda Christiansen said more events were planned in the near future, but until then, people could donate by calling Wellspring Church on 6646 1580.
Mrs Christiansen said they also hoped to have donation tins at Bi-Lo.
"Losing someone to cancer is difficult, so the church wanted to support Rob and Sue in anyway we could," she said.
Mr Hulland said they were extremely thankful for all the help they had received so far.
"Everyone's provided really good support and we are very grateful for their help," he said.
"When you're in a situation like this you're dependant on people's help and generosity.
"It's sometimes difficult to sit back and receive, but that's what we're having to do."