Gold Coast Treasure: Michelle Merchant


That is the only word needed to describe Michelle Merchant.

The Gold Coaster has defied all odds since she was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1996, age 34. At the time, she was told by doctors that she would be lucky to survive another 2.5 years.

But Michelle refused to accept that fate, and with her never-give-up spirit has out-lived her life expectancy by more than 18 years.

The ovarian cancer fight has not been easy for Michelle and sadly she has now run out of chemotherapy drug options. The drug she requires to stay alive, PD-1 inhibitors, is currently not included on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. The drug costs $3000 per injection – and Michelle requires an injection every 2 weeks for a whole year.

Unable to afford the treatment and desperate to stay alive, Michelle is trying to raise funds to pay for the drugs.

On August 27th, she is hosting a Teal Takeover Ball at the Southport Yacht Club which all locals are encouraged to attend. For the event details, visit our What’s On calendar:

Watch the video below to hear Michelle’s incredible story:

She also has setup a gofundme page for those who wish to donate. You can do so here: