Money raised for family with ill son
More than $12,000 has been raised for a Umina family with an ill son in less than a month.
The fundraiser was launched on January 11 for the family of Cooper Fawcett who was admitted to Westmead Children's Hospital suffering from a growth on his brain.
Family member Ms Niki-Lee Fawcett said the family had been "trapped in a nightmare" ever since his diagnosis.
"After an MRI, the worst fear was confirmed that Cooper has a mass on his brain," Ms Fawcett said.
"He was flown to Westmead Children's hospital which is where his parents Mack and Chantelle and his siblings have been residing ever since.
"It has been a nightmare to say the least and, if the tumour wasn't bad enough, Cooper has lost his speech and basic motor skills including walking and holding things.
"Cooper will have to re-learn to walk and talk through extensive therapy," Ms Fawcett said.
She said Cooper's father had exhausted his leave entitlement, but "needed to be with Cooper throughout this trying time".
She said the money raised would go to cover the family's living expenses.
"This community is amazing and I have had so many people wanting to help.
"Chantelle and Mack are so grateful for all the support they have had thus far," Ms Fawcett said.
"They have been told Cooper will need to remain in care at Westmead for at least three months, which means he will need his mum and dad by his side," she said.
As of February 5, the fundraiser has raised $12,967 for the family.
Anyone wishing to donate can find the fundraiser on the Go Fund Me website.
Website, 5 Feb 2019
Niki-Lee Fawcett, Fawcett family fundrasier