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UPDATE: Milton Mom Dying of Brain Cancer to Meet with Health Minister

Newstalk 1010 has learned that Kimm Fletcher, a 41-year-old mom of two from Milton, will get to meet with Health Minister Deb Matthews Wednesday at Queen’s Park

Newstalk 1010 has learned that Kimm Fletcher, a 41-year-old mom of two from Milton, will get to meet with Health Minister Deb Matthews Wednesday at Queen’s Park.

Fletcher has been battling stage 4 brain cancer and has been told that she only has a couple of months to live.  Fletcher’s doctors, however, say the mother of two’s life could be prolonged with a drug called Avastin.  The treatment would cost around $8,400 a month. The Ontario Health Insurance Policy does not cover the drug for brain cancer treatment because according to Health Minister Deb Matthews “the evidence does not warrant coverage for other types of cancer.”  OHIP does currently cover the drug’s use in cases of colorectal cancer.

Kimm Fletcher’s physicians say that her life could be prolonged for up to 18 months with the Avastin treatment and the drug is currently being used to treat brain cancer in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

Fletcher’s brother-in-law, John Fletcher, says they will be meeting with their local MPP Ted Chudleigh and Health Minister Deb Matthews tomorrow morning at Queen’s Park at 10a.m.

Kimm has also started a crowdfunding page where you can donate to her cause, just click here.

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  1. L hickman posted on 10/29/2013 06:17 PM
    Kimm Fletcher deserves this drug and the possibility to prolong her life. Thank you Jim Richards and CFRB for bring this the the publics attention. I have sent this to all my friends in the hope that by contacting the minister we can effect change. Leanne h
  2. Teacher posted on 10/29/2013 08:53 PM
    So funny. We teachers have coverage for the best cancer care. Way better than the rest of you, yet you pay for it.

    This lady's treatment should not effect my coverage so IMO we teachers should allow the province to cover her treatment for a short time.

    BUT, mark my words people. Stay healthy. Don't cost this province much money. We need to save all we can to cover future pensions for public sector union members like me.
    1. I am on the Workers Side, BUT... posted on 10/30/2013 11:50 AM
      @Teacher This is why normal people don't like union assholes like you!
    2. john posted on 10/30/2013 12:22 PM
  3. Mark posted on 10/29/2013 09:03 PM
    Typical Liberal. Grandstanding like usual. How disgusting.

    Note to Deb Matthews. Just do the right thing bitch. Have OHIP call and arrange to cover the cost.

    No need to embellish your ego as if you are some kind of hero. You disgust me.
  4. Nath posted on 10/30/2013 12:01 AM
    Where is the link to donate??
  5. Hey John Moore posted on 10/30/2013 06:22 AM
    Thanks John Moore for mentioning this story just before 6AM this morning BUT,, then you went into a little rant saying that in "Canada" our health care system has limitations and that not everyone can get every treatment.

    Well John, you forgot to mention that other provinces do offer this treatment and that in Ontario we taxpayers pay for our high on the hog teachers to get this treatment. In fact, while I don't know for sure - I suspect all public sector union members get this treatment.

    Thing is John Moore, is that your corrupt liberal friends are NOT looking after Ontario. They are looking after themselves and their piggish union friends who keep them in power.

    Add the multiple billions that the liberals have lost through waste and corruption and we can see why us "ordinary" citizens of this province will do without.

    I agree with the above post - For Matthews to grandstand by meeting this woman today is repulsive to the first degree. Obviously Matthews intends to offer the treatment. All she had to do is to make a phone call. Do you really think this family wants to drag their asses from Milton to Queens Park this morning just for piggy Matthews to have a power trip ??
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 10/30/2013 08:53 AM
      @Hey John Moore No, I was listening to the radio and he mentioned that this treatment was available (and covered) by some of the other provinces.
  6. Thomas posted on 10/30/2013 07:47 AM
    It is ironic that our governments will not let people end their lives with dignity and on the other end someone who wants to extend their lives are also being denied.
  7. LeeAnn posted on 10/30/2013 07:51 AM
    There is a brain dead man being kept alive on artificial support in Sunnybrook Hospital. This is costing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. He should be placed in palliative care and the freed up funds should go to help this woman.

    This man is getting Cadillac treatment and they're throwing her under a bus.
  8. Frankie posted on 10/30/2013 12:26 PM
    A really tough one with compelling arguments on both sides. If there is insufficient science to demonstrate this would be effective for this type of cancer then the stronger argument would be against funding her, however cruel it sounds.

    Look at the time and money wasted on the MS treatment that was useless. So much media attention caused politicians to cave, waste millions of dollars, time and attention that should have been spent on real science. People with MS have been short-changed by this nonsense.

    An example of politicians and the media negatively affecting people with a serious disease.
  9. john posted on 10/30/2013 01:24 PM
    of course thay are not going to cover it . ohip is a bunch of doush bags . so is the liberal government . only time politicians care about people lower then them is when thay are kissing your ass to get there votes . sad but true .
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 10/30/2013 02:22 PM
      @john ...unless if your in the market for a powerplant...
  10. RickC_1236 posted on 10/30/2013 01:28 PM
    Wow 50 grand for an extra 6 months of life. So when the cure arrives and the Terry Fox runs are finally over along with all the other run for the cure events how much will it cost a cancer patient to get the miracle pill? I think there’s way to much money being made on hope I cannot even imagine the cost of a cure. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
  11. J Zammit posted on 10/31/2013 05:28 AM
    Lemme try get this straight: Somewhere in Canada, a factory pumps out life saving cancer pills, an automated factory. That factory makes pills that are required at this time to save this woman's life. So, keeping life saving pills away from this woman, any human, is the exact same thing as taking water and food away from this woman. Or, its the same thing as shooting a very slow bullet at her from afar, a slow kill. If they dont give this woman her pills which is required to save her life, its murder.

    All to uphold market efficiency and freedumb ... people are secondary and profit is primary @ 48 grand for six months supply of pills - the pills are worth more gram for gram than gold or ... ..

    I thought we canadians are free and brave, and proudly ''stand on guard for thee'' ... ... I guess we should eliminate that 'line' (not reality) from our national anthem if we selectively apply our nations morals on ''our people'', and only stand on guard for certain people ... give this woman her pills right now you jerks!!! and anyone else that is in need of CARE ... the world and its people needs to get over itself and help each other, or else ...
  12. Harvey posted on 11/01/2013 12:12 PM
    Nothing in life is for free. If the government pays, ultimately we pay, since they are we. If people really feel that this medicine should be provided, I'm fine with that. Put up the money. By slamming the government all you are basically saying is that you want everyone to pay for what you believe. I'm guessing that the majority of the ones demanding it be covered have not made any contribution to the fund. It's easier to shoot you mouth off and slam others than it is to actually give of yourself.
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