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Keep Kev Kicking

$45,748 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 290 people in 2 months
Created March 19, 2019
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In September 2018 our Dad who has barely been sick a day in his life came down with what he thought was the flu. When it didn’t go away he visited the doctor. As soon as he walked in the Doctor knew there was something wrong so sent him to the hospital for a scan.


Dad was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma (basically, a pretty bad brain tumour) the tumour is across both sides of his frontal lobes. Less than 24 hours later he was in surgery having as much of it removed as possible. Due to the location of the tumour they couldn’t remove it all so we had to rely on 6 weeks of radiation then months of Chemo to fight the tumour.
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We all stayed positive, if anyone was going to defeat this thing it was Mr Positivity himself, the tumour and the treatment had some side effects but Dad continued to live his life, walking 3 mornings a week, coffee and lunch dates with friends down on Koornang road and he and Mum even managed to get away and spend a week in the Queensland sun.


In February 2019 Dad developed a cough and was a bit short of breath, he had also become a little bit weak. He went in to the hospital to get checked out and was admitted. They discovered he had some blood clots and that his tumour had grown. This has meant that unfortunately the radiation and chemo haven’t worked. Surgery is no longer an option, so prolonging his life is all we have left.

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The doctors have recommended a medication called Avastin. Like all medication there are no guarantees but when it works it stops blood vessels forming which in Dad’s case will stop the tumour from growing. The medication is given via IV infusion every 2 weeks and we have heard some promising stories about its success. The biggest problem with this medication is that it is not subsidised and is very expensive at almost $5000 per treatment. We didn’t hesitate to say yes and start this treatment as soon as possible. A few days after Dad had his first treatment he had a bleed that caused some weakness in dads arm and leg. This has been quite debilitating for him meaning he has lost the ability to even get out of bed without assistance.

They don’t think the bleed was related to the treatment but it was another hurdle in the path to get Dad home.

Now to Keep Kev Kicking we will need some specialised equipment to ensure he is comfortable and safe at home and he and Mum can be back together, fighting this tumour as one.

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This is where we reach out to you, so many family and friends have asked us what they can do to help and right now the best way you can help Dad is by making a contribution towards his treatment and the associated costs of that.

Dad always says “inch by inch it’s a cinch”, replace those inches with dollars and we can get there to ensure Dad comes home to our Mum and they can sit on their deck together again as they have been for the last 45 years.

Thank you so much for all your support so far on this incredibly difficult journey.

Lots of love

Megan, Sarah, Lizzie and Hannah.
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A final update, our Dad passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday 12th April 2019. The support we received through this fundraiser enabled us to trial the new treatment which unfortunately didn’t work for Dad. We also got to bring our Dad home and provide home nursing care for him. This meant that he got to spend his last days with Mum, us, his sons in law, grandchildren and other family members getting the best care and support that we could provide.

The Bolt family would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our family, friends and friends of friends who have supported Kev and all of us through the last few months. We are grateful for everyone’s kind words and support through this incredibly difficult time.
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Dear Family and Friends,
What a huge week we have had in our family.
Last Sunday was the fundraising soirée at the Dutchy, the organisation by close family and friends was incredible, the generous donations of silent auction items came from far and wide and the eagerness of 3 bands to volunteer to play really showed how many people are out there supporting Dad. It was hard being at the Dutchy without Dad but he would have been so excited to be amidst the dance floor and definitely pleased that the lights were off to make the atmosphere.
Altogether $14,000 was raised which is an incredible amount and will make such a difference in dad’s ongoing care.

On Monday Dad’s second goal was reached, he was discharged from hospital and came home. It’s certainly a different experience for all of us as Dad is still very weak and requires a lot of care. He is still unable to move his left leg or arm which means that he cannot walk and requires a lot of assistance. He is being visited daily by the brain tumor nurses who are teaching us all how to give Dad the care he needs. It’s a very overwhelming experience and not just physically but mentally and emotionally exhausting.

On behalf of the rest of the family I can say that we wouldn’t be able to go through this difficult time without the incredible support of our family and friends. The offers of help, the calls or messages just to check in, the extra support with childcare, those small gestures are what is helping stay strong for dad.
As I’ve said it’s all very overwhelming and we are still trying to figure out the best way to care for Dad at home and he is getting used to it too he’s not quite up to visitors just yet. If you wanted to check up on Mum or Dad continue messaging me and I’ll pass the messages on when it’s a good time and let you know when they’re ready for visitors.

Thanks for your understanding
Lizzie
On behalf of Marie, Megan, Sarah, Hannah (and co.)

Ps feel free to pass this on to others who would like an update.
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Dads been in hospital for 6 weeks now, it’s been about 5 weeks since he’s been able to walk. This is the man who’s run a marathon, who supported me the whole way round when I did the run Melbourne 10k a few years ago. As you can imagine being stuck in bed, surrounded by the same 4 walls was getting to him so his health care team and family made the decision to bring him home for a day.

Today he came home and sat in the sunshine on the deck, we made home made pizzas and the kids played on the grass. It was the first time in a long time that all 20 of us had been together so it was nice to have time together.

It was a bit difficult for Dad because he realised how far he has to come to get back to his old self. But he had his afternoon in the sunshine, on his deck, then had a sleep in his own bed. He’s back at the hospital, with renewed motivation to fight!

The new visitor scheduling system is working, it means dad isn’t getting overwhelmed by visitors and he’s getting enough rest which is helping his recovery.
He has his next dose of Avastin this Friday which will knock him around a bit but is another step on the path towards him coming home for good.

The plan for Dad to come home is in place, as it stands we will need to have some equipment to help Dad at home including wheelchairs, hoists and home nursing care, this on top of the treatment is going to be expensive which is why we started to go fund me page to take some financial pressure off. As well, there’s a benefit gig at the Dutch club next Sunday arvo to raise money in a very Kev fashion.

If you can make it, donate and/or share both of these fundraising efforts then we would be immensely grateful.
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One of Mum and Dad’s gorgeous friends is organising a benefit in Dad’s honour to raise funds towards our campaign.
Carnegie Hall, 60 Rosstown Rd, Carnegie next Sunday 31st March 4-7pm.
Please contact Catherine for bookings and further details.
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