My name is Danielle Raisher. I am a 33yr old widow and mother to two beautiful little boys, Jett 4 and Levi <1. My amazing husband Shane had been fighting Melanoma for 15yrs when sadly he passed in March 2015 at only 32yrs old.
Being diagnosed at 18yrs old not long after we started dating, our adult lives together were alot of the time consumed by melanoma, hospitals and treatment but we always managed to squeeze in alot of fun-filled times along the way also.
Right until the end, Shane was campaigning to stay alive. He put himself and his illness into the public spotlight and started a change.org petition to have the Keytruda drug approved for use in Australia and listed on the PBS along with raising funds to purchase this drug to try and save his own life at a cost of $10,000 every 3 weeks.
After shanes passing i vowed to continue this fight for him and not stop until we succeeded.
On sunday 28/06/15 the government finally listened to the pleas of 180,000 petition signers and gave us, Shanes family, the right to see his legacy live on by announcing Keytrudas PBS listing for metastatic melanoma.
Shane fought hard for this , not only in the hope for his own life, but for the thousands of Australians that will now benefit immensily from this drug.
The governments announcement and therefore our victory was a very bittersweet moment for me, wishing that this had happened 12mths earlier to possibly save my husbands life but i am so happy for everyone that this will help.
I am so immensely proud of my husband Shane and so thankful that my boys will grow up knowing what an amazing man their daddy was and what an incredible achievement he accomplished.
Shanes full melanoma story can be found at www.facebook.com/ShaneRaisher
Shane's passing has left me a widowed young mother. I want to be able to give my boys the best life possible for both Shane and myself. Shane passed away knowing that there was a community behind him that will support his family. It is hard to do this on my own but ongoing contributions will help support my family during our grief and help us to live the life Shane fought so hard for.