Tom was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2003 and had surgery to remove the tumour in December that year. Due to its position, the tumour was never fully removed and was monitored for growth or changes since the surgery in 2003. Tom had a second surgery in early 2008, after a scan showed that part of the tumour had grown. He had a biopsy in 2014 that confirmed the tumour had returned and now sits in the motor cortex. While the tumour was not in a position to be treated by surgery, Tom has been on oral chemotherapy, and up until a few weeks ago, was able to work and carry on with living his life as normal. Tom has managed to sustain his employment to support his family. However, he has no sick leave entitlements remaining due to medical appointments and the affects of taking the oral chemotherapy. Unfortunately, Tom recently began to experience new symptoms that caused him concern and decided to get checked out by his neurologist. He was informed that a new malignant tumour has developed which needs to be removed immediately. It is unclear if Tom will lose his eye sight, movement down the left side of his body or have speech impairment after the surgery. Tom requires a minimum of six weeks recovery period and does not have enough sick leave entitlements for this period of time. Tom and his family also have to come up with the cost of the operation before surgery takes place. Tom is the most humble of young men. Tom has never complained about his condition and he is always smiling and says ‘it is what it is.’ Tom is a Youth Educator who works tirelessly and effortlessly in supporting at risk and vulnerable young people to gain an education.
I am hoping to raise enough money for Tom so that he can spend the six weeks recovery period focussing on healing without the added pressure of financial stresses while not being able to work. Tom provides for his wife and two children aged six years and three years. Please help me raise this money for our friend and work collegue so that Tom and his family can enjoy this festive season without financial stress and worry.