Partnerships for people in need

20 November 2017

New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) connected with Freemasons to support eighteen-year-old Mitchell Pasco, who has been diagnosed with Takayatsu arteritis.

"The family first contacted NZORD and we reached out to Freemasons, as they are renowned for helping people in need in their local communities," says Dr Collette Bromhead, NZORD Chief Executive. “We are extremely grateful to Freemasons for stepping up at this time of crisis.”

Mitchell Pasco is one of only four New Zealanders to have the disease. Takayatsu arteritis causes chronic inflammation of the large blood vessels, including arteries going to the brain, limbs, heart, lungs and kidneys.

Mitchell first noticed symptoms last year including night sweats, unusual bruising and lightheadedness. He was hospitalised and it took a team of more than 20 doctors four days to diagnose his rare condition.

The teenager is no longer able to work and is struggling to adjust to life with a debilitating condition. Mitchell currently lives in Christchurch and his mum, Nicky, is based in Gisborne. Nicky was finding it difficult to help her son from so far away. The Freemasons support came at a critical time and allowed Nicky and Mitchell to spend more time together.

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