Generosity from all quarters as sick child faces a battle
THE Whitsunday community has rallied around a Proserpine family after they received some shattering news.
Four-year-old Kitty Wilson was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called neuroblastoma, after a visit to the doctor to treat a sore knee.
Since learning of the condition last Monday, the family has travelled to Brisbane to start a year-long stint of chemotherapy treatment.
Kitty's aunty Michelle Corskie has set up a GoFundMe page to ease the family's obvious financial stress.
"It's been a whirlwind since learning about the tumour, but we are overwhelmed and thankful for all of the support from the community,” Ms Corskie said.
"The reality is that the family need to keep life as normal as possible for their young children - Kitty and her older brother Finnbar.”
As the family comes to terms with the reality of living between Proserpine and Brisbane for the course of Kitty's treatment, the Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care has partnered with local businesses to fundraise.
Educator Tracy Healey says Kitty is a lovely little girl who is always smiling and dancing.
"We are running some fundraisers to help her family.
"Check out our Facebook page for more details,” she said.
There will be a garage sale held at IGA Proserpine on December 2, 8 and 15, along with a collection of prizes to be raffled off at the Rotary Christmas Fair on December 15.
Despite having been set up under a week ago, the GoFundMe page is well and truly on the way to reaching the $20,000 goal, as the tally sits at just over half-way.
Off the back of another successful Airlie Beach Festival of Music, organisers are donating $1000 to Kitty's cause.
Local business Colour Me Crazy has asked for a $1 donation for every present wrapped from now until the man in red arrives to support Kitty and her family.
"The generosity of the greater Proserpine community has been incredible,” Ms Corskie said.
Kitty's family are asking for privacy, but want the community to know that their support is well-received and they are thankful to be part of such a beautiful community.