Public rallies to help mum

AMELIA REYNOLDS
Last updated 12:58 16/07/2014
Therese Phillips
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GRATEFUL: Norina Gasteiger, left and twin sister Chiara, 19 and their brother Danilo, 20, have been buoyed by donations to their fundraising campaign to help their mother fight a rare form of lung cancer.

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Three siblings who appealed to the public to raise money for their mum's cancer treatment say the support from the Nelson community has been "mind-blowing".

Twins Norina and Chiara, 19, and 20-year-old brother Danilo Gasteiger want to raise the $80,000 needed for ongoing specialist treatment of their mother's rare lung cancer.

Close to $2000 had been donated to the sibling's Givealittle page since the Nelson Mail spoke with the trio last week. Family and friends had donated $4600 before the article was published.

Tamara Gasteiger, a baker in Dovedale, was diagnosed with a rare ALK mutation of non-small-cell lung cancer in April last year and was advised by Nelson doctors that her best chance of recovery would be to seek specialist treatment in Europe.

She and husband Frank Gasteiger financially exhausted themselves after they self-funded the $80,000 needed for the first round of specialist treatment at the Hallwang Private Oncology Clinic in Germany. The first treatment reduced the main tumour by around 30 per cent.

Chiara Gasteiger said their mother, who was staying in Austria until she could afford further specialist treatment, had been overwhelmed by the amount of donations from strangers.

"I didn't know the community was that strong. I guess it shows the Nelson community is really supportive," Norina Gasteiger said.

The twins, who were back in Nelson on University of Auckland holidays, said strangers had approached them and their brother in the street and made contact with them via social media to wish them well fundraising.

They said they were grateful for any donations and all of the money raised would go towards helping their mum get better.

"Our goal is $80,000 but we are happy with whatever we raise because it's just such a blessing," Chiara Gasteiger said.

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