Source: Aussie Pete Blog
And he keeps surviving against all odds in his battle against Stage 4 Melanoma.
Nick is determined to be a survival case study for other advanced melanoma fighters.
But he needs access to a trial drug to beat this disease – for Locky, Hayley, and Evan to keep their dad.
Please play your part by joining us in making sure Nick wins this battle.
“Audo” (Nick Auden) is a really top bloke and a role model of a father. He departed Singapore in 2011 with his family to Denver, Colorado – within 2-months of the move he found out he was due to be a Dad for the third time and also that he had stage 4 Melanoma.
I would personally be very, very grateful if all of my readers take a couple of minutes to help save Locky’s Dad!
Join us in asking Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to give Nick access to the new breakthrough PD-1 drug for melanoma.
Up until now, Stage 4 melanoma has largely been incurable.
Nick cannot wait that long. He needs the PD-1 drug now!
Nick qualified for a Merck PD-1 trial in July, but a medical complication arose and excluded him from the trial.
His best chance now is PD-1 access on a compassionate basis.
Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb have the power to give Nick PD-1 on a compassionate basis. Help us tell Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to give Nick the PD-1 drug.
Nick is strong. Nick can win this. Nick can be a case study of survival for late stage melanoma fighters like him.
What can YOU do?
Please join us in asking Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb to provide Nick compassionate access to PD-1 – access to a chance to fight for a full life with Amy, Locky, Hayley, and Evan.
How? Four ways you can help:
1. Sign Nick’s petition to Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb:
2. Twitter: Ask @merck and @bmsnews to give Nick compassionate access to PD-1
4. Or spread the word via email, blogging, talking to friends, and anything else you can think of!
There is a website set up especially for Nick – http://www.savelockysdad.com/ (you can see a photo gallery of his beautiful family there also, as well as reading a heartfelt letter from Locky’s Mum, Amy)
Please share with family and friends to get as many electronic signatures as we can!!
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and generally occurs where the skin is sun damaged at a young age. The damage to the skin cells leads to uncontrolled cell growth in the melanocytes, the cells that contain pigments that color our hair and skin. If detected very early melanoma can be completely removed by surgery which can provide a cure. The risk however is that melanoma quickly spreads throughout the body. Typically it will spread or metastasize to organs such as the lungs, liver, bones, and brain. Once it has metastasized to distant organs melanoma is almost always terminal. In recent years several new treatments have been developed however these treatments provide life extension measured only in months. The PD-1 drugs recently developed by Merck and Bristol-Myers Squibb offer, for the first time, a real chance for patients with advanced melanoma.
For more information, see also http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/melanoma-101/what-melanoma