***This gofundme page is now deactivated as we are using the Eleanor's Fight page ( www.eleanorsfight.com.au) for this next stage of treatment. ****
As many of you know, Rob (Boose) and Jacqui have had their world turned upside down recently with the news that their beautiful daughter Eleanor has Neuroblastoma
, a rare kids cancer that effects 40 Australian children each year.
They have had to uproot their lives and move to Melbourne immediately for treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital, for a period that could stretch out to around 2 years.
As a parent myself, I can only begin to understand the shock, stress and heart wrenching feelings they must be going through watching Eleanor start her first round of chemotherapy and spend the majority of her time in hospital. The chemotherapy works to reduce her white blood cell count and when it is very low it means she is susceptible to all types of germs and bugs, and any increase in her temperature means more time back in the hospital and not at the unit in North Melbourne with her parents.
With the amazing support of their family and friends, the Tas Fire Service and Rob’s fellow firefighters, and Jacqui's collegues at Sacred Heart College, Boose and Jacqui are able to be close by and spend the time they need to with their little one.
We caught up a few weeks back and discussed setting up a fundraiser to ensure that neither Jacqui or Boose have to work throughout Eleanor’s treatment, and to be honest, so that many of us can actually ‘do’ something to help. Of course initially they didn’t want the fuss, but with the realisation that everyone wants to help and that anything we can do to take the stress away from them both having to work, their mortgage, bills etc. They have agreed to let us set this up for them.
I understand there are other events and avenues that are being worked on that will allow people to show their support in the coming months. We will keep everyone updated on these opportunities, auctions and events via the updates on this page (if anyone has anything that they want to donate or wants to alert us to any events that they are organising please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I know that Jacqui, Boose and Eleanor have a lot of friends, family and support across so many parts of the Tasmanian, interstate and overseas communities, so I would like to ask you all to consider donating below to ensure that they can spend as much time as possible with Eleanor in the coming weeks, months and years, fighting this together.
Stuart Gillies, Simon Moore and Will Oakley