NZ Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga’s amazing gesture to help former teammate battle cancer

NZ Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga’s amazing gesture to help former teammate’s cancer battle: ‘It’s going to be an expensive season’

New Zealand Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga has pledged to donate money to help a former teammate through cancer treatment for every mistake he makes on the field during the 2023 NRL season.

Tevaga has pledged to donate $100 to former Warriors junior Roman Tuhimata’s recovery fund for “every missed tackle, error and penalty” and acknowledges the upcoming season is likely to be “expensive”.

Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga (pictured) has pledged to donate money for every mistake he makes on the field during the 2023 season to help a former teammate through cancer treatment

Warriors forward Jazz Tevaga (pictured) has pledged to donate money for every mistake he makes on the field during the 2023 season to help a former teammate through cancer treatment

Tevaga has pledged to donate $100 to former Warriors junior Roman Tuhimata's fundraiser for

Tevaga has pledged to donate $100 to former Warriors junior Roman Tuhimata’s fundraiser for “every missed tackle, penalty and penalty,” and admits the upcoming season is likely to be “expensive” (Tevaga’s emotional Instagram -Post is pictured).

In a touching Instagram post, the Kiwi star shared a photo of himself and Tuhimata and explained the uphill battle his friend is facing after being diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumor sarcoma (DSRCT) late last year.

“Kia Ora Team, one of my best friends @roman_tuhimata was recently diagnosed with cancer. It is a difficult time for him and his family. His gofundme page is in my bio. Any help is greatly appreciated,” Tevaga wrote.

“To show my support for my brother, I will shave my head while he is undergoing chemotherapy [eight months] It will be my last haircut.

Former Warriors junior Roman Tuhimata (pictured) was diagnosed with cancer late last year

Former Warriors junior Roman Tuhimata (pictured) was diagnosed with cancer late last year

“For every missed tackle, mistake and penalty I will donate $100 to his Gofundme. It’s going to be an expensive season.

“The brothers are also running a half marathon this April and we will all run a full marathon in October.

“All monies and proceeds will be donated to Roman.”

Tevaga also detailed the hardships his friend had endured over the past few months and some details of his diagnosis.

Tevaga (pictured with Tuhimata) says he'll also be raising money through a fun run and shaving his head while his friend's chemotherapy is on

Tevaga (pictured with Tuhimata) says he’ll also be raising money through a fun run and shaving his head while his friend’s chemotherapy is on

“Roman is 27 years old. In late November 2022, he was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer — DSRCT sarcoma, which is located in the abdomen,” Tevaga wrote.

“Roman endured months of pain and discomfort at work that eventually forced him to wear his tool belt around his neck.

“Multiple trips to the emergency room and hospital resulted in an early discharge after many different tests were performed.

“Once the seriousness of the situation was realized, a PET scan showed that the tumor that started in his abdomen had now spread to his liver and spleen, leading to a stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Tevaga (pictured during the 2022 season) describes his friend as

Tevaga (pictured during the 2022 season) describes his friend as “quiet,” “humble,” and “friendly.”

“With his typically quiet and unassuming manner, he [Tuhimata] maintains a strong positive attitude, this is inspiring.

“He’s a genuine, kind, loving man – with all the qualities that make a great partner, son, brother and friend.”

The Tuhimata donation fund has already raised over US$13,518.

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