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Elaine's Story

Every year 630 New Zealanders are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and over 540 families lose a loved one to this striking disease.

This Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month we want to Shine a Light on just a few of the stories told by those fighting their personal pancreatic cancer battle, and those who have lost someone dear to them.

Elaine Lunken, a leading Auckland businesswoman, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2016. Despite her diagnosis, Elaine dedicated time to encouraging people to seek medical help if they experienced any symptoms. An avid walker, Elaine was also a strong advocate for the benefits of exercise throughout her treatment and recovery.

Sadly, Elaine passed away in August 2019. Throughout her fight, Elaine retained an incredibly positive and pragmatic outlook to living with her diagnosis, something that shines through in this video made for GCF’s LoveYerGuts campaign. Elaine was an amazing example to others diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Elaine's family talk about their experience of pancreatic cancer

Elaine talks about living with pancreatic cancer in her own words

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