Rodney's Story

$5,600 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 11 months
I'd like to introduce you to my friend Rodney, Rodney is the loving husband to my most dearest friend Michelle, together they have 4 beautiful children, Cameron, Declan, Madeline and Kyan. 

On the evening of Friday, January 19th  2018, I received a heartbreaking call from Michelle that Rodney had collapsed at work, within a few short hours their worst nightmare became their reality when Rodney was told his collaposed was due to a Brain tumour.

They were told to prepare themselves to be transferred to Perth Neurologist specialist unit that night and to expect surgery within the coming days....but sadly the days rolled into the next and soon their future would completely be uncertain. Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and still nothing......

As you can imagine in times like this all you  want is to just be present with your family and friends, focus nothing but on your loved one and caring for them and only  their needs.....as each week goes on Rodney battles different side effects not only from the brain tumor but also from all the medications managing his pain and symptoms,  due to long wait lists and multiple tests, surgery dates continue to be pushed back...... as we all know life must go on and Michelle was left with no other option but to return to work, between work, children, running a house and of course caring for Rodney it's not hard to imagine she's barely holding her head above water, and sadly along with all these stresses an even bigger one looms over her head.
Rodney has been their primary income earner.....sadly we always think about it....."We should get income insurance", "Life insurance??"......but like most we think it would never happen to us.

Rodney had always been an upstanding hard working citizen, he goes to work does his job well and returns home to his family, in situations like this you just presume surely there will be some help out there for you?? But sadly everywhere they have turned for help they keep hitting the "Sorry we can't help you", every avenue turns into a financial road block, it's hard not to think the system they've contributed too since they were 16 years old is failing them. 

Sadly it won't end after surgery, due to the nature of Rodney's tumor he will need to begin intense chemotherapy, followed by radiation and possible speech and motor skill rehabilation. They all have a long road ahead of them and no dates in sight for when life can move forward again. 
Now I know there are many many family's in the same situation, probably even much worse off.....so why I am asking for your help?.....I don't have an answer for you.... I'm just a helpless friend sitting across from one of my dearest friends watching the weight of the world fall onto her shoulders, I see the pain and sadness in her eyes (a look she would never show anyone else than her nearest and dearest and sometimes not even then) and if I can take even just the smallest amount of burden from her shoulders I'll do anything in my power too!!!

Michelle and Rodney have no idea I have set up this page for them, lucky for me they are not technology minded people (I don't even think Michelle knows what facebook is lol)  they'd probably be completley  embarrassed to know this page has even been set up on their behalf.....in a few short weeks along with their beautiful family we hope to throw a little surprise party and reveal to them our little secret, show them they're not alone, people from near and far have heard their story and want to show their love and support.
If I could even just turn up with 1 weeks grocery shop for them, my dream to lessen there burden would be worth every minute!!

Friends and family I ask you to spread the love and I know many people have their own commitments but even just a gold coin donation can change a life, and if your unable too, that's no problem, I just ask you could share this page and that alone would be wonderful in it self. From the bottom of my heart thank you for even just taking the time to read Rodney's Story! !

Chels x
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A little message from Rodney and Michelle.....

On Saturday night we were invited for dinner at our best friends Chelsey and Andy’s house. We rocked up right on time (which is shocking for me as I am normally late for everything all the time. Some of my friends even purposely tell me to be somewhere half an hour before they want me there figuring that should make me right on time). We said our hellos and started making our way through the house, I instantly started to wish I had put a bit more effort into my appearance as I could see beautiful fairy lights strung up and the table decorated beautifully. Once I took all that in I really started regretting not putting on any makeup as I realised that in the back yard were some familiar looking faces. This had turned into a surprise dinner party with friends and family. We were so shocked and extremely happy what an awesome way to spend a Saturday night. After everyone had eaten I decided to make an impromptu speech to thank everyone for all their love and help over the past few months only to be upstaged by my gorgeous friend Chelsey. She stood up with what I thought was a typed up speech in hand. As she started reading I began crying at her lovely words thinking to myself how lucky am I that I have someone so wonderful in my corner. It wasn’t till half way through that I realised this wasn’t a speech at all but she had been a sneaky bugger and done something behind my back. Rodney and I were totally dumbfounded when at the end of it she went inside and walked out with a giant novelty check she had made with the money donated so far. As you can imagine we were lost for words it was hard to say anything with all the crying and blubbering going on. It was at this moment I realised that we have been totally blessed with the very best friends, family and even friends of friends that anyone could ever ask for. So with this is mind I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart this means more to us than you could ever imagine. It has been a long hard road so far with more challenges to come but with all the love and support that has been directed our way we are feeling a whole lot more optimistic.

With much love from
Rodney, Michelle, Cameron, Declan, Madelyn and Kyan. Xxxxx
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I just wanted to pop on and just express how overwhelmed myself along with Michelle and Rodney's family are with all the love and support that has been shown for them in the last few days. We are all absolutely beyond blown away at the generosity of everyone, our dream to raise some helping funds for them have completely exceeded our expectation, next Saturday the 5th of May, we will be holding a small surprise family get together along with Rodney and Michelle's kids and surprising them with what we have been upto, it already makes me so emotional at just the thought of giving them this gift you have all so kindly and lovingly given them. Our dream is to hit the $5000 mark by this date, so I ask you all to please share and spread the word but if we don't, we have already won the lottery for this beautiful family and the weight it will lift from there shoulders I will forever be thankful to you all.

Much love to all
Chels
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Raised by 47 people in 11 months
Created April 19, 2018
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Mat Brown
10 months ago

As John Brown would say "What can I say about Rodney?" :) A wonderful brother, brother in law and uncle. We are with you all the way. Love Mat, Jess, Harry and Millie

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