Kiwi coach, actor Levi Holley selling prized possessions to fund treatment for brain cancer

Levi Holley.
Levi Holley. Photo credit: GoFundMe

A Kiwi man is selling his prized possessions to help fund treatment for an "inoperable brain cancer".

Three months ago, 44-year-old Jason Holley - better known as Levi - felt a sudden pain down his side. A doctors appointment and blood test turned up nothing, but a subsequent CT scan showed he had a tumour in the middle of his brain.

A GiveALittle for the New Zealander says he is a "loving friend, family member and coach to many people". He's also an actor and voiceover artist - but now his "sole purpose is to survive".

The page says Levi is starting chemotherapy and radiation in the coming weeks but is looking out of New Zealand for more advanced treatment. 

"Australia has an advanced device called a 'Gamma Knife' that can treat brain tumours that isn't available in New Zealand. There are also treatments available in America, Canada and Europe that are a possibility. No procedure is off the table."

To afford treatment, Levi is selling his car, possessions and a prized Batman costume. The costume was used by the coach at charity events and children's birthdays "making children's wishes come true".

The GiveALittle set up by his "best friend and current caregiver" Hannah Sinden has raised more than $18,000 since being set up in late October. A GoFundMe has raised nearly $12,000.

In a video posted by Levi to his Facebook, he says he is willing to sell everything to have a chance at life. An Instagram photo shows scars on his head which he said are from a biopsy.

"Feels like I've been kicked in the head by a mule."

In another post, Levi says he is going to crush the cancer.

"I don't hate this cancer, I accept its challenge."

"I'm going to fight every step of the way. I know that with my family and friend's love I become even more of a combatant.

"I'm going to attack it, respect its power, but leave it lying in a heap on the ground. I'm going to pick it up, shake its hand and say "you underestimated me, your mistake".

His story has also reached the other side of the Tasman, with the Daily Mail Australia writing about him trying to fund his "last-ditch bid for survival".

Levi's GiveALittle can be found here.

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