Pambula woman needs our help to pay for cancer drug

Sue Cetkovic and her husband, Nik.
Sue Cetkovic and her husband, Nik.

Sue Cetkovic has lived in the Pambula area for almost 30 years. With her husband, Nik, who operates the family’s crane hire business, they raised their three daughters. Sue, who is a social worker, has spent the past 20 years assisting women, children and families in the Bega Valley’s Inanna Crisis Service. The whole family has had a long association with the Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club (PSLC).

In May 2013, Sue was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain tumour, but with radiation and chemotherapy she fought off the cancer, or so she thought. Almost 12 months to the day, Sue received the awful news that the tumours have returned and now she is once again facing a battle with the disease. However, Sue’s doctors tell her that further surgery is not an option. Instead, she has been advised to try a chemotherapy drug called Avastin, which is not subsidised by the Pharmaceuticals Benefits Scheme, and will cost $10,000-$15,000. Sue’s family hopes that once she has completed the Avastin therapy, she will then be strong enough to travel to Germany for promising immunotherapy treatment.

Sue’s daughter Renee describes her mother as “a fighter” who has spent her life helping others to make better lives for themselves. Sue’s family has begun to raise money to enable treatment. Their goal is $40,000. Renee said the community has been very generous, citing the PSLC, who have offered to assist in fundraising, as well as the organisers of the Merimbula Health and Wellbeing Expo, taking place on July 21.

A donations page has been set up at for anyone who would like to help Sue.


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