Many of you will know our father; Denis Hanley & no doubt you will all agree that he is a very generous, caring & supportive person. We are reaching out to you all for some support as it is he who now needs so much of that.
People close to Dad will already know he suffered a massive heart attack back in October 2014 whilst visiting his mother in Victoria and since then he has been in and out of hospital doing what he can to maintain & improve his health, wellbeing and way of life. Unfortunatly since the heart attack in 2014 Dad has not been able to work to his capacity and as such funds have become scarce. As you may not know, Dad's income protection insurance exired 6 months after his heart attack. As such he has been unable to access any insurance for his loss of income &/or his medical expenses.
The staff at Prince Charles Hospital in Chermside have been outstanding & in May 2016 Dad received a life saving heart transplant. It is very early days. He is still recovering and is likely to remain in hospital for the coming month. Whilst this is a NEW START for Dad he will require ongoing hospital & medical support which include expensive medicine and weekly visits to the hospital in Brisbane. Whilst we are confident Dad will be able to return to some form of work eventually, he will be limited to what he can & can't do as he needs lots of time to recover & most certainly will need to pace himself..
Whilst Dad is recovering in hospital we are looking to improve Dads home to ensure he is safe when he returns home from hospital. Heart Transplant patients are very susceptible to infection & illness due the the immunosuppressant drugs that are required to be taken for the rest of his life. By installing new bathroom & kitchen fixtures, replacing the refridgerator, new washine machine & dryer and purchasing new linen etc we hope to limit Dad's exposure to bacteria. Aswell as fixing up some of the access like shonky stairwells that pose a risk for falls & slips etc we hope to midigate some of the risks associated with post operative care from transplant. We are also hoping to raise enough money to cover Dads rent for the year so he just focus on his health & recovery and not stress about work & paying bills etc.
We tossed up with the idea of having a fundraiser here on the Gold Coast for Dad but with the majority of Dad's family, friends & work collegues located near & far, we thought what better way of doing this than using this online tool. We also thought we could use this opportunity to try to raise awareness for organ donation. Australia & New Zealand are a long way away from being one of the leading countries when it comes to organ donations.
We understand if you are not in a position to make a donation & we are totally ok with that. We just wanted to put it out there & see if we could 'pass the hat around' as they say. Denis has been a huge support for many many people. Dad would never ever ask for assistance & im guessing he will be pretty cranky with us for doing this.....but.......he is not invincible & he is most definately in need of some assistance whilst he focusses his energy into healing, recovering & making the most of his NEW START in life.....
Please pass this on www.gofundme.com/denishanley
The family & i are forever grateful to the donor of the heart & we urge you all to take 5 minutes to join up & become a organ & tissue donor if you are not already.
Follow the link to register. http://www.donatelife.gov.au
Matt, Bec & Ben