About 130,000 New Zealanders have signed Blair Vining's Better Cancer Care petition calling on the Government to fund a national cancer agency. They say the agency needs to run independently from political interference to hold District Health Boards and medical professionals to account. Herald health reporter Emma Russell asks five people who signed it why they did and what it means to them.

Shannon McEwan, young father diagnosed with melanoma

Shannon McEwan is a young father diagnosed with melanoma. Photo / Supplied
Shannon McEwan is a young father diagnosed with melanoma. Photo / Supplied

What does Blair's petition mean to you?

When Blair was diagnosed late last year I was also diagnosed with melanoma in my head. While the two cancers are very different

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Chris Jackson, Cancer Society of New Zealand medical director

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Andrea Beggs, mum-of-three from Southland

Ben McHugh, best friend of Blair Vining

Kylie Gordon-Watkins, mum-of-two from Mount Maunganui