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Melbourne couple both diagnosed with cancer months apart

NowToLove logo NowToLove 25/05/2017 Katie Skelly

Together, the couple have faced incredibly tough times. Pic via: GoFundMe © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Together, the couple have faced incredibly tough times. Pic via: GoFundMe What should have been the most exciting time in this Melbourne couple’s life quickly turned into a nightmare when a routine examination found some heartbreaking results.

In late 2014, Pat Constatinou and his wife Claire were gearing up to start a family when Claire's blood test showed worryingly high levels of white blood cells, depicting a diagnosis of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia.

It was a devastating blow, only to be made that much more painful by her husband’s Glioblastoma brain cancer diagnosis, which came just five months later.

Pat's recent scan. Pic via: GoFundMe © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Pat's recent scan. Pic via: GoFundMe After undergoing chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and three radical brain surgeries (the most recent of which cost an eye-watering $95,000), Pats tumour recently returned for the fourth time. Out of options after being told he had only weeks to live, he’s now turned to a promising new trial drug. 

The treatment, which goes by the name Keytruda, is administered through an IV drip every three weeks. At over $7,000 each time, to say that Pat and Claire we’re struggling would be an understatement.

With the generous help from friends, family and kind strangers through donations to their GoFundMe campaign, the couple have been able to begin the trial.

© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd “Last week he was told these drugs will only reduce symptoms of the tumour growth, so he is in need of a promising new trial to become available,” revealed a thankful Claire in an update posted to the crowdfunding page. 

“Throughout this journey Pat has tackled each challenge like the warrior he is and I know with his strength and super good looks, he will do it again.”

“Pat is the love of my life, and the most resilient person I have ever met. With his strength and ability to remain positive, I know if anyone can beat this, he can.”

To donate, or to find out more about Pat and Claire's story, check out their GoFundMe page here.

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