Signing a petition isn’t just effective. It can save lives.
“It was my last hope. And it worked”
May Ali, from WA, is a mum of two beautiful daughters:
But they risked growing up without a mum. May was struck down with a potentially fatal disease called aHUS. It made her dangerously ill:
“Coming close to death several times, I also became severely disabled.”
Then, a wonder-drug came along - Eculizumab. “It was my last hope” May says. “It literally saved my life after a harrowing five months in hospital.”
But suddenly, in December, the government stopped funding the drug and denied May her next dose. She faced two bleak options: pay $500,000 (and bankruptcy), or die.
40,000 signed May’s petition and, just before Christmas, Health Minister Sussan Ley approved May’s next dose, subsidised the wonder drug and saved May’s life.
Now THAT is an amazing Christmas pressie.
“I cannot thank Change.org enough for providing their platform”
Like most mums, Nicole’s kids kept her happily busy.
Then, she was struck down with stomach cancer. It tore her world apart. But she prepared for surgery for the sake of her kids. One problem. She wasn’t allowed surgery - and for the most ridiculous reason.
The NSW stomach cancer specialist was limited to performing six surgeries per month - and he’d already reached this quota, meaning Nicole would die.
Across the state, Sam - an 18-year-old Nicole had never met - saw her story. He started a Change.org petition to lift this cap of six surgeries. It worked. With almost 80,000 signatures, the NSW Health Minister was pressured to act to save Nicole’s life.
The legacy continues. Earlier this year, NSW health announced that two new stomach cancer centers will be created. This means that the number of patients that can receive cancer operations will increase from 115 this year to 170 by 2026.
Nicole said: “I cannot thank Change.org enough for providing their platform.”
...and one brave man whose petition will save thousands
In this case, a petition couldn’t save Shane’s life - but it’ll save thousands more, thanks to his courage.
Shane Raisher, who died at 32, will never know the two huge legacies he left on this earth.
While he was battling cancer, his wife Dannii was pregnant with their second child. Levi is the son Shane will sadly never meet.
But there’s another legacy Shane left.
Shane’s Change.org petition - started when he was very sick - asked for a melanoma wonder-drug, Keytruda, to be part-funded by the government’s health department. He wanted no other family to face the $10,500 bill every three weeks that his family did, just to keep him alive.
But listen they did. Unfortunately, it was just too late for Shane. Just three months after his death, his petition ask was granted.
1,400 patients die from melanoma annually. Many will now be saved or granted valuable extra years because they can afford this wonder-treatment, thanks to Shane’s successful petition.
Dannii said: “It’s important to me that his two sons grow up to understand what a courageous fighter their father was - and how many people’s lives his petition saved.”
Many lives were saved thanks to your signature - but some people are still battling the Government to get approval for life-saving treatments.
29 Year old Sarah suffers from a rare genetic disorder, aHus. Without access to a life-saving drug granted to her sister but not her, she will die.