Rural community rally for young farmer with terminal cancer

Jeff Ebbett was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year
Jeff Ebbett was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year Photo credit: Supplied/GiveALittle

New Zealand's rural farming community is rallying behind a young Wairarapa farmer battling terminal cancer.

Pahiatua sheep and beef farmer Jeff Ebbett was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

It followed the discovery of a tumour on his oesophagus which was initially thought to be non-cancerous but later was found to be cancer. 

After going through chemotherapy and radiation he was cleared of the tumour. 

However, on a follow-up check it was found the cancer had spread and was diagnosed as terminal.

A GiveALittle page has been set up for the 29-year-old father of one, with over $37,000 raised so far.

The funds will help pay for non-funded drugs and for the family to create "special memories". 

"Jeff is a loving partner to Celine and amazing father to 18 month-year-old Maddie," it said.

"Let's support this family and take the financial pressure off, and not worry about the cost of treatments and travel costs."

A close friend of the family told NZ Farming that the family had been humbled and grateful for the support and fundraising efforts the local community had provided so far. 

"It has been overwhelming."

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