Charlie Proctor's parents in the UK were unable to raise the $NZ1.6m needed for a last-chance liver transplant in the US.
Rowshae Albert's daughter, Alexis, came home from school four months ago complaining of a headache. But it was something far more sinister.
Parents who are caring for their own parents - the "sandwich generation" - are feeling financial and emotional stress.
"If we continue to criminalise drug users we are condemning them for not living up to the moral standards that we ourselves admit that we are not able to meet."