Young Lismore mum loses cancer fight

Lismore mum Shanelle Bull, 33, pictured in hospital with husband Jimmy Bull, son Braxton and newborn daughter Halle. Ms Bull was undergoing treatment for melanoma skin cancer diagnosed just two months ago.
Lismore mum Shanelle Bull, 33, pictured in hospital with husband Jimmy Bull, son Braxton and newborn daughter Halle. Ms Bull was undergoing treatment for melanoma skin cancer diagnosed just two months ago.

A MUCH loved young Lismore mother diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer less than two months ago has tragically lost her battle with the disease.

Local hairdresser Shanelle Bull, 30, died in John Flynn Hospital on the Gold Coast while undergoing treatment for the aggressive cancer.

The mother of Braxton, 4, seven-week old baby, Halle, and wife of Jimmy Bull, had been formally diagnosed in early January, within six days after giving birth to Halle.

A Gofundme crowdfunding page setup by close friends in support of the family during Ms Bull’s treatment was inundated with donations, with more than $100,000 raised in just three weeks by more than 700 people.

Donations and tributes have continued to flow since Ms Bull’s passing to assist the family at this devastating time.

Friend Kim McIntosh wrote: “You will always be in our hearts Nellie and I know when I look up in that night sky and see the brightest star that will be you watching down on all the people whose life you have touched. It was a pleasure being your friend and so many memories shared with you I will treasure forever. R.I.P beautiful girl xxx Love always Kim, Noah & Ash.”

Aileen Tuffield wrote: “Thinking of your beautiful family and friends at this very sad time. Prayers for you all x.”

Saul Johnson wrote: “Fly with the Angels Shanelle. My heart goes out to your family and friends. From Saul, Noah and Ash Johnson.”

Hope Parker wrote: “I cannot comprehend how difficult this time must be. Thinking of you all at this devastating time and wishing you strength as you deal with so much grief xx.”

Friends Nicola Santin, Jessica Scheibel and Todd Andrews, who created the Gofundme page, described Ms Bull as a “special brave, and kind woman” who inspired all around her with her positive attitude to life.

Even on her “lowest days”, they said she continued to encourage those around her with their life challenges.

Ms Bull grew up in The Channon and ran Stephanie Hair Design in Lismore.

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