Community out to help young mum
By HELEN JACK
A MONTH ago Jolene Marsh gave birth to her eighth child.
A week ago she celebrated her 31st birthday. On the same day, her doctor told her cancer had spread throughout her body.
The Kyogle community is in shock at the news about the popular young mum.
With eight children all aged under 12 , Jolene, her husband Cain, and her family are gearing up for the months ahead.
Jolene's mother, Patsy Nagas, is well-known around Kyogle for her community work and as a councillor on Kyogle Council.
Devastated by the news of her daughter's illness, Patsy and family friend Lorraine Allsopp are forming a committee to raise funds and find a house fit for Jolene and her family.
"They live in an old house in Wiangaree which is not fit for a person as sick as Jolene," Patsy said.
"The toilet is outside so we have to find a house which has at least one room which can be sanitised.
"Also Jolene will need to be close to Kyogle Hospital for her treatments, and so the kids can see her should she need to be in hospital."
Patsy said Jolene's family was so big it was difficult to find a house landlords were willing to rent to them.
Lorraine said their committee was hoping to arrange a music and fun family day to raise the money they needed.
"We need as many people as we can to join the committee and help us with ideas and organisation," she said. "Everyone is welcome to come to our first meeting. They have been such a giving family, it's now time to help them."
The committee will meet at the Kyogle Youth Centre on Tuesday, August 14, from 7pm.