This week, 52 Lives would like to help a family from Caboolture in Queensland, Australia.
Brad and Lily were married in China in 2011. Shortly after, Lily was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a mastectomy, followed by 8 months of chemotherapy (an expensive exercise in China). Last year, Lily received the all clear. They moved back to Australia, and soon after had a baby girl called Phoebe Rose. Lily’s other child, Timmy, joined them in Australia, and their family was complete. Life was good.
But a few months ago, Lily was admitted to hospital with severe back pain. After a lot of tests, Lily and Brad were told that she had cancerous lesions in her spine, pelvis, liver, lungs, spleen and abdomen. The doctors say there is nothing more they can do, other than relieve her pain.
Brad and Lily need help. Brad is doing his best to maintain an income while also caring for Lily, the children and his elderly mother. It’s an impossible feat and makes an already heartbreaking situation that much harder. He just wants to make the most of what time they have left together.
Brad works on a casual contract, which means he doesn’t receive sick pay. He should be entitled to some government assistance, which he is in the process of arranging.
But they could do with some help to make the next few months the best they could possibly be.
(The photos used in this story were donated to the family by Kate Scott, from Baby Boo Studies in Hamilton)