Emily receives life changing gift
THE South Gippsland community has rallied around eight year old Emily Rainbow in order for her to receive expensive but lifesaving surgery this month.
Emily’s family had been concerned about a tumour in her throat for more than a year and were told she would need $15,000 surgery in order to have it removed.
“Emily had a biopsy on her tumour 12 months ago and it was left inconclusive for the past year. We took further tests and last Thursday we were told it was stage three cancer,” family friend Stephen Bover-Groen said.
“Monash is trying to get a specialist to fly in from the US to perform Emily’s surgery by the end of the month, however if they cannot get him to come over, we are going to have to go to Sydney to see a specialist.”
Either way the surgery is going to cost a fortune, so Jim Pickersgill and Associates Leongatha generously donated $1000 towards the medical costs yesterday (Monday).
“It is always more ‘we’ than ‘I’, where we as a group can achieve so much together. We instil that and it is our mindset here,” Mr Pickersgill said.
The Long Street business also bought a toy bunny, named Jimmy, for Emily.
“This hit close to home with me due to some personal experiences. But when I saw Emily’s picture in the paper and read her story, it struck my heart,” Mr Pickersgill said.
“She looks so much like my granddaughter and I thought how would I feel if this was happening to my granddaughter. It is so obvious that right now we all need to do what we can to help Emily.”
Mr Bover-Groen said he was impressed by the community’s support.
“Emily’s mother and I have been applying for Make a Wish and when I asked Emily the other day what she wanted, all she said was ‘to stay alive’,” Mr Bover-Groen said.
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