In the journey of life, there are people who shine bright, touch hearts and make a lasting impact on everyone they meet. For us, that special human is Tan Murphy. Loving wife of Kris, deeply devoted mother of Tayla and Kalan and truly cherished sister, daughter, friend and shining inspiration to literally thousands of people around the world.
If you're reading this then you will probably already know that in 2016 our beautiful Tan was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) with RAEB-2, a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. A worldwide search to find her a bone marrow donor was undertaken but a suitable match has yet to be found.
In spite of all this, Tan remained incredibly upbeat and focused on her healing journey, her positivity unshakable, her good spirits unwavering and we all took a collective deep breath out as she gratefully went into remission in 2017.
But we recently received the news that it has come back again and this time things will be different. Tan is being treated in a different hospital, the treatment will be stronger, the road ahead will be harder with more challenges and a lot of unknowns but here's one thing we DO know:
The beautiful Murphy family need us now more than ever.
We understand that money is tight. The fires ravishing our country have already taken up much of your time and resources. There are many other causes you have contributed to, especially at this time of year. We understand this. But we are asking anyway.
Even if all you can spare right now is just the price of a decent coffee for Kris to enjoy as he spends the long hours and days by her side at the hospital or better yet, a tank of petrol to help get him there, it truly will make the world of difference.
The hospital is a 3 hour round trip to drive from their home so when Kris and the kids go to see her (which will be as often as they can) it takes the best part of a full tank, not to mention the wear and tear all those miles is going to take on their family car.
They have Tan's wonderful brother, Paul, here from the Goldcoast helping out with the kids and one or two of her very dear friends delivering necessities to the hospital but beyond that, the best (and really the only) way you can help Tan and her amazing family right now is through making a financial contribution to ease some of the stress of day to day expenses and of course the untold and ongoing medical costs.
Please contribute whatever you can and share this fundraiser with your family and friends. The goal may be lofty but it is, unfortunately, the reality of what will be needed for the Murphys going forward.
Above all else, please send her your love, light and positive vibes. Visualise her well and her temperature stable at 36.5 degrees. Make some time to pray for her. Create a beautiful affirmation for her and share it on the Find Tan a Donor Facebook page. That is the energy she is needing right now.