Donations pour in to help terminally ill Indie and family
DONATIONS have been pouring in for four-year-old Indie Fitzgerald and her family.
Indie has a rare and terminal genetic disease called infantile neuraxonal dystrophy (INaD) which progressively eats away at her brain function.
Already the adorable young girl is unable to walk and talk and after 14 trips to the hospital this year, she was rushed there again this week and her family feared that her battle with the disease was about to end.
When the Sunshine Coast community heard that her dad Dean had to choose between spending precious time with Indie or going to work to help keep the family afloat, they dug deep to lend a hand.
Mum Bec said in the past few days more than $3000 had been donated which would allow the family to spend a lot more time together and Dean to work less in the lead-up to Christmas.
"It's awesome," she said.
"I've worked out that our bills are at least $700 a week for us to live, so that will help a lot."
The donations didn't end there though with local radio stations and fitness personality Ashy Bines also promoting the cause.
"It's been amazing," Bec said.
"Someone called up the radio stations as well and I heard it while I was vacuuming, so I turned off the vacuum and everyone was talking about Indie."
She said the family had enjoyed celebrating Indie's sister Ivy's second birthday on Thursday and were now looking forward to spending Christmas together without too much financial stress.
"It was really good, we were all able to be home and spend the day with Ivy and then we had a family dinner and quiet night at home," Bec said.
"It'll be good to be able to do the same at Christmas and stay home and just have quiet family time. Indie likes to be outside and watch Ivy play."
Bec said Dean's family would be travelling down from northern Queensland to make the festive season even more special.
"We're having Christmas at our house this year with Dean's side of the family," she said.
"His mum is coming down from Cairns so it'll be good to have everyone together for a Christmas with Indie.
"And not having to worry about money as much is nice too."
In the meantime, Bec said Indie was happy just to go back to their usual routine
"She's back at home," she said.
"I take her to the shops with me because she likes to get out of the house, she gets a little bit bored at home."
More than $17,000 has been raised in total for the family since Indie was first diagnosed with INaD nearly two years ago.
A bank account set up to assist the family keep up with their costs is still open for donations. Those wanting to help should transfer money to Indie Fitzgerald, Commonwealth Bank, BSB: 064239, Account number: 10083874.