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Sharyn’s Weddding Dress

$3,195 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 10 months
Our school mate Sharyn Thompson (nee Real) has the fight of her life on her hands. She has a diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer. Sharyn and her husband Julian have four children. They are renewing their wedding vows on 25 August. It would be wonderful if we can - as a year group - pitch in to ensure she has a beautiful dress to wear on this special day. The dress will be designed by Karen Gee. This amazing, renowned and awesome designer has said she can do this - in the short time frame - for  $3,000. We are very grateful for her generosity.  Please give what you can to ensure a wonderful day for our mate and her family
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We did it! Thanks MMC legends! Go Fund Me take 7.25% plus $0.30 per donation but we made the target.
Some thanks from Sharyn: "Karen, what an incredible thing for everyone to do for me. I don't think I'm ever going to wear something so beautiful or expensive in my life again. It is overwhelmingly generous. I wish I could thank everyone personally. Please let everyone know how grateful and overwhelmed I am. Honestly, I'm practically speechless. Just, WOW. Love to every single one of you."
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Thanks everyone. Keep the donations coming, we're getting there!

From Sharyn:

So, even though I feel so awful, something wonderful happened this week.

My gorgeous friend, Sarah Lawrence, secretly nominated me to take part in a #doitforthegirls photo shoot with the very talented designer Karen Gee. It turns out I have been chosen, along with four other inspirational and beautiful women, to attend a morning of pampering and bubbles and love and laughter at a location in the city, where there will be professionals to do our hair and make up and style us for a campaign photo shoot. ME! In front of the camera. Looking beautiful and feeling good. The last time I felt that way was on our wedding day, 15 years ago.

But that’s not all. It turns out that one of my Mater Maria schoolmates, Karen Gair, has organised with some of our old MMC alumni to have Karen Gee design me a dress for our upcoming wedding vow renewal. Karen’s range is stunning, so I’m a little bit (actually, a lot) excited. Particularly after today, with this latest round of chemo hitting me hard and leaving me fatigued and feeling awful.

Cancer is hard. Chemo is hard. Not knowing if I’ll be here this time next year, watching my kids grow up, is the hardest. Most of you know, prior to my diagnosis, that we didn’t take anything for granted. We made the most of each day, knowing our time with our son was limited. But now, with the length of my future unknown, there is an urgency to do things, to get things done. And that’s why we decided to renew our vows with only weeks to prepare. I had no idea what I was going to do for a dress, I was just going to order a few online and hope for the best. For my old schoolmates (most whom I’ve not seen in almost 30 years) to do this is overwhelming, and something I will never forget or take for granted. I am a very lucky woman to have so much love and support behind me. I just hope I will have the time to thank everyone involved personally.

So to that end, to any of my old schoolmates who have helped make this happen, thank you. I want to extend an invitation to our wedding vow renewal and party here in Mudgee on 25th August. Please let me know if you can make it, so I can then thank you in person. And to all my friends, remember - if you can see this then you are invited.
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Cara Yurisich nee chaffer
10 months ago
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Trish Lawson
10 months ago
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Rachel Brebach
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Cassandra Eifler
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Kirsten Pichler
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