Support shown for Sam

Sam Gilmour. Photo: Supplied

Wanaka’s community has expressed its support for an ex-Cromwell occupational therapist who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Sam Gilmour, pictured, who lived in the area for ten years from the year 2000, worked with the Rippon Festival and met her partner Niels Ijpelaar in Wanaka, who worked in the ski industry at the time.

Friend Sara Zwart, who has set up a givealittle page to raise money in support of the couple, said that when Sam was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma (terminal brain tumours) people were keen to help.

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“This page is a good place to do that, to take the pressure off them so that they don’t have to stress,” Sara said.

“She’s well-known and loved in Wanaka. She used to throw a lot of parties and bring a lot of joy to people. She is an awesome woman and the support shown on the page is a reflection of that.”

The page has so far raised $16,707 for Sam and Niels, who will use some of the money to cover time off work for Niels so that he can support Sam and for the couple to take a trip to Bali for his 40th birthday.

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