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Jammin For Jethro 2016

Fri Dec 2nd, 2016
The Dog's Bollix,

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It's time for the Annual Auckland Jammin for Jethro event.

Black Frog has been running these events since 2011 and will continue to do so until Pharmac Funds the medication that Jethro needs to beat this disease. Read below for more information on Jethro who is currently beating the odds and is now at school despite having weekly Plasma Infusions.

Please check out Support for Jethro Morrow for more information - and read below.

About Jethro:

In October 2010 when Jethro was 8 months old our lives changed overnight.
I took Jethro to Starship Emergency Department thinking he was suffering dehydration from a flu, hoping they could help get some fluids into him. As we were about to be sent home Jethro produced a funky coloured vomit and a nurse decided to do a blood test. It was then we found out his kidney's were no longer working. Within 48 hours Jethro was in surgery having a catheter inserted through his stomach so he could begin Dialysis to work for his kidneys as his no longer did. That was a shock, but to then find out his kidneys were failing because he had a very rare condition Atypical Hemolitic Uremic Syndrome was a real blow!
There is no cure, and no treatment guaranteed to help him survive. It is just trial and error to keep him stable as this condition is so unpredictable and spontaneous. 60% of children die within the first year of diagnosis. The complications associated with this illness are
• Kidney failure
• Seizures/Neurological problems
• No response to supportive treatments
• Return of HUS even after kidney transplant occurs
• Severe Hypertension (high blood pressure)
We had to begin intense treatment with Plasma Pheresis, which consists of hours of removing his blood, spinning it, depositing it with other blood products and putting it back into his body, and regular infusions of Fresh Frozen Plasma.
What a little fighter he is though! He was on life-support within days of us finding out he was sick, but within 48 hours he was back and smiling away at us.
Since his diagnosis we have spent many months living in Starship, he has undergone many surgeries, and every week we go to Starship for a whole day to have FFP Infusions, we have now had over a year and a half of Plasma Infusions every thursday.
For Jethro to have a chance at a long life we need to get him onto a drug Soliris, as fate would have it the world's most expensive drug. It it is his only hope of having a somewhat stable life, and is proving to help the few others with this condition around the world. This drug is around $500,000 annually, however, we have recently found out that while his weight range is between 12-20kg it will cost $200,000 annually. He would need to be on it for the rest of his life. We have applied for funding and been rejected two years in a row now as it is an ongoing cost.
It is our mission to somehow get him on this medicine, but everything seems to work against us. We are at a loss as to where to go from here but to fundraise and keep applying for funding. The company who make the drug are willing to give him a 6month dose free of charge, but that is all he will get. We are choosing to not utilise this unless he goes downhill as we only have that small amount available at this stage and would want to use it wisely. Soliris is now funded everywhere else but in New Zealand.

If anyone out there has any ideas, knows the right people and can suggest anything that may be able to help our amazing little boy it would be appreciated.
He is such an inspiration to everyone that has come into his life. He has the happiest outlook on life, smiles 24/7, even during his treatments he laughs. He is such a fighter and is already proving to beat the odds having remained well for the past year and a half coping on just Plasma. Plasma is not a permanent treatment however, one day his body will not respond to it and the Soliris will be necessary. We would love to have Jethro on this before the damage is done.

Any ideas can be submitted to us here:

We have a Trust Account set up for donations or for anyone willing to set up an automatic payment of $1 per week. If 10,000 people were to do this it would cover the costs of his medicine.

The Jethro Morrow Health Trust
38 9012 0102064 00

If you are paying from Overseas:

A deposit can be made directly into New Zealand Dollars from another bank anywhere in the world. You’ll need to make sure you use the following information:

Account name: The Jethro Morrow Health Trust

Account number: 38 9012 0102064 00

Bank: Kiwibank Limited, Wellington, New Zealand


Correspondents: Use Citibank NZ correspondents for all currencies

Other information/reference: Include ‘forward to Kiwibank’

* The SWIFT code belongs to Citibank New Zealand, which accepts payments on behalf of Kiwibank.

You may be asked to provide extra information like BSB numbers, sort codes, routing codes or IBAN numbers.
These are just different terms used overseas for bank, branch and account numbers.
Just use the full Kiwibank account number we have provided.

If you are wanting to make a donation via internet banking there sometimes may not be enough fields to enter both Jethro's account number and New Zealands swift code.
In these cases the Kiwibank Limited can be left out but you must make sure you quote the 38 at the start of Jethros account number.

Ways you can also support Jethro are:

Enrolling your child in a Free Learning Programme care of Footsteps, they will donate $100 to Jethro

Thank you for the support everyone, we are so grateful to all that have and continue to help us on this crazy journey.

The Artists who are performing:


ABBIE is a twenty-something, Auckland based, electronic-soul songstress described as having a voice that is smooth like honey with a few rough edges”.

Expect electronic-pop beats infused with captivating and soulful sounds, her recently released collection of music titled 'L O S T / F O U N D', showcasing an unexampled songwriting ability and an evolution of style.

Recently performing at 'DEEBS DAY FESTIVAL 2016' in the UK, ABBIE has been invited back with a main slot for 2017.


Devonport's Apera has been weaving his love of philosophy and life into his carefully crafted songs since he was first gifted a guitar at age 10. Initially influenced by bands such as Radiohead and Coldplay, his attention has more recently turned to emotive and expressive singer such as Matt Corby, Jeff Buckley and Hozier. His music is a melodic blend of tasteful progressions, intriguing melodies and thoughtful lyrics.

Robby Thorne

Robby Thorne is a New Zealand solo artist combining Country themes & life to hard rock heritage from the mind of Rob Sadd (Puppeteer, Red Light Pledge) for this performance Robby is going to be joined with a band featuring Loujean Philander, Harry Dredge, Ash Holloway and Sarah Sampson Violin.

Doors at 8pm with first act being Robby Thorne on at 8.30. $10 CASH on the door.

I would like to take this time to thank our sponsors Edwards Sound/Lighting/Audio Visual, Phantom Billstickers and the Artists who are donating their time to perform at this event and Samantha Hughes for the amazing design work with the poster.

Please make sure you like these generous companies pages and support Kiwi owned! Phantom, Edwards Sound and Samantha have all previously been sponsors to this event and Rob Sadd from Robby Thorne has previously performed in another band Puppetter.

Please invite all your friends

acoustic/solo, alternative, electronic, pop, rock, soul/funk, ABBIE, Apera, Robby Thorne

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