Lung Cancer

‘Well-loved’ police officer Steve Ioane mourned by the many he served [Video]

Mark Taylor/Stuff

Steve Ioane, right, mans the barbecue with Ra Bacon, left, and Raewyn Carter at the opening of a new playground in Ngāruawāhia.

A police officer who died from cancer is being remembered for his hardworking nature, his kindness and his love for the many communities he served.

Steve Ioane, a New Zealand-born Samoan, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in March last year, and sadly died about 12 months later, on March 16.

Much of his last year was spent fundraising for an immunotherapy treatment called Keytruda that was only funded for melanoma patients in New Zealand.


Pharmac has reached provisional agreements to fund the drugs branded Keytruda and Tecentriq.

Akerei Maresala-Thomson, who had been friends with Ioane since they met in Police College, said a lot of donations came through after RNZ published a story about cancer patients self-funding treatments.

READ MORE: * TVNZ reporter Daniel Faitaua’s late brother an ‘inspirational …

Watch/Read More
Lung Cancer

As cancer drug shortages grow, both doctors and patients say their hands are tied [Video]

Some drugs used by cancer patients have become in very short supply, leading people who rely on them to scramble for alternatives or get by with smaller doses. After eight years of fighting hard, to find out youre not a priority is very disheartening, one Illinois lung cancer patient said.

Lung Cancer

Golden Buzzer Goes to Group Performing Emotional Tribute to Late Contestant Nightbirde [Video]

America's Got Talent Season 18 kicked off with one of the most inspiring moments in the show's history. The Mzansi Youth Choirof South Africa received the first-ever Audience Golden Buzzer after they performed 'It's Okay,' a song written by the late AGT contestant Nighbirde. While it was likely [...]