Our Cancer and Surrogacy Fund

$11,500 of $100k goal

Raised by 102 people in 9 months
Felicity Walker  New Town, TAS
Hi Everyone!

Felicity here. In 2015, David and I were just like any other happily married couple, and decided it was time to start our family. We were so excited! Life was pretty wonderful!

However in July that year I was diagnosed with bowel cancer. It was a real shock! Whereas most people diagnosed with bowel cancer are in their 70's, I was just 33 years old. I lead an incredibly healthy lifestyle, and have no family history of cancer.

I was rushed into surgery to remove a golf ball sized tumour in my colon, and then scheduled to commence Chemotherapy as soon as I had recovered from surgery.

These treatments are why I am still here today, one year later, but chemotherapy comes at a high price. I am no longer able to carry a child.

Our dreams are still alive too though, as we were able to preserve four embryos before chemo began. This means if we can find an amazing person to be our surrogate we might still be able to have our family.

Having cancer has hit us hard financially - we have both experienced a big drop in earnings while living costs have risen. 

We are so grateful that our hope is still alive, but we need to be realistic too. Surrogacy is an expensive and complicated process. As 'Intended Parents' we will pay all expenses incurred by the Surrogate.
Here are some of the costs associated with surrogacy:
-Fertility treatments
-Legal fees
-Phycology sessions
-Travel costs
We may also use the money donated here towards other costs we incur as a result of my diagnosis, such as scans, consults with specialists and prescriptions.

In the last year David and I have been overwhelmed by the love and support the we have received from friends, family and other well-wishers. Just knowing you care can brighten our spirits in even our darkest moments during this difficult time. We don't expect anything from anyone, but are regularly touched by people who want to help, which is beautiful. So if you would like to contribute in a financial way, we hope this site will be helpful to you. We really appreciate every cent or penny! Who knows, perhaps one day there will be a little person around who will grow up knowing that many people joined in to get them here!

All my love to you all,
Felicity
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Update 5
Posted by Felicity Walker
8 months ago
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Here is a link to the article in the Mercury
http://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/felicity-walker-searching-for-surrogate-to-carry-baby-she-longs-for/news-story/da4e09a3a8cb98c08f64ac49fc814fd5

We've been so grateful to have this opportunity to share our story, and continue to be blown away by the love and support coming at us from all directions.
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Update 4
Posted by Felicity Walker
8 months ago
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We got the amazing opportunity of being interviewed for the Mercury today! Very unexpected and also appreciated. It should be published on Sunday. I'll try and share a link when it's available.
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Update 3
Posted by Felicity Walker
8 months ago
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If supporting organisations rather than individuals is more your thing, OR if giving to organisations as well as individuals is your thing here are a couple of links you might be interested in. Gus is 10 years old, and is swimming for 90 mins to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia. https://www.mycause.com.au/page/130410/swimming-for-a-cause
Andy is shaving off his mighty beard for the GI Cancer Institute. https://makingadifference.gofundraise.com.au/page/AndyThirdborough
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Update 2
Posted by Felicity Walker
8 months ago
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Here is a link to the Radio interview. It starts about 4 minutes in. https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/peBDzwPy23?play=true
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$11,500 of $100k goal

Raised by 102 people in 9 months
Created July 22, 2016
HN
$150
Harriet & Chris Newton/Jay
8 months ago
3
3

Felicity and Dave, how wonderful you will both be as parents! We couldn't be more thrilled for you, and wish you all the best in this exciting yet daunting endeavour. Love to you both!

HE
$180
Helen Evans
8 months ago
3
3

With love xx

HM
$50
Hippy Minnis
8 months ago
3
3

I've known these two since they lived in England...They,ve been part of each other since i first met them,if any pair deserve a little sprog on this planet, its this pair.Just dont call it "Floimp"...

RB
$35
Rachel Beal
9 months ago
3
3
$1,000
Anonymous
9 months ago
3
3
DW
$50
Denise White
1 month ago
2
2
DM
$100
Debra Manskey
1 month ago
2
2

I hope this little bit helps - so much love to you both xx

R(
$30
Rebecca Halls (Padfield)
1 month ago
2
2

Hi Fliss, your blogs are inspirational! I am blessed to have 3 beautiful children and some days it's easy to take it for granted, but it's so good to reminded how lucky we are. My maternal grandmother and also aunt also had bowel cancer so it's a cause close to my heat on so many levels. I hope that your dreams become reality for you soon and wish you all the luck in the world with your life, of which it sounds like you are making the most of as you can. I have fond memories of playing with horses at pony club and also at your yard with Anna & Vicky! Much love, Rebecca xx

AP
$100
Angie Powell
1 month ago
2
2

Dear Fliss, we are thinking of you so much over here. Sending you and Dave love and hopes, Angie and Rhodri xx

SW
$100
Sally Walker
1 month ago
2
2

Always in my thoughts, two beautiful people, I love you both forever xxx

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