Run to support local blood cancer survivors like the Cottons
Our world had just been turned upside down………..
We had just been told that our son Liam (6) had leukaemia and we were flown to Brisbane (from Mackay) within 24 hours!
The world doesn’t stop when a diagnosis is given, if anything it gets more difficult.
- How long will we be here?
- How will our other children handle the news (22, 20 & 3)?
- Where will we stay?
- How will we earn money to survive?
- and many more are thrown on top of………Will our Son survive??!!
Within a week, we were placed into an amazing 3 bedroom unit at the Leukaemia Foundation Village in Cooper Plains.
It was ours for as long as we needed it, no cost to us at all. There was amazing support in the office from all the ladies, vehicles if we needed, their own bus service to the Hospitals and financial aid also.
To not have to worry about accommodation was such a relief. To learn of all the other services available to us was overwhelming, and having our hands held in times of stress by the onsite counselors was such a blessing.
There were other families staying in the village who were going through similar journeys as us. It was great to make those connections and have people surrounding us who understood what we were going through, and who we could be there for too.
We are so very grateful to the Leukaemia Foundation for having these resources in place for all the families that unfortunately find themselves in need of their services.
We are proud to be able to help raise the funds by volunteering at all the events (World’s Greatest Shave, Light the Night and the BMA Mackay Marina Run) to help the Foundation continue to support the many families in need.
Thank you, Kris Cotton
Join the Cottons at this year’s Mackay Marina Run as they run to support locals like them impacted by blood cancer. Go to the Fundraising page and set up your online Leukaemia Foundation fundraising page now to help beat blood cancer.
Lindsay, Liam, Kris and Alexis Cotton are pictured at Liam’s bell ringing at the Mackay Base Hospital in February 2018.