'I’m so humbled': $15K raised for Warren Fowler
WARREN Fowler is still in shock at how many people donated money to try to save his life.
"I'm just so grateful and so humbled," he said.
The 46-year-old Crows Nest man, who has battled terminal cancer for nearly a year, expressed his disbelief after people in his town, across the Toowoomba region and Australia raised more than $15,000 in 24 hours to pay for his expensive medication.
For Mr Fowler, who served his community as a firefighter for more than a decade, seeking help is not something he's used to.
"I didn't want the money, (but) the people doing it are wonderful," he said.
Mr Fowler's sister Cindy said he had one last chance to try to treat the renal cancer that had spread to his lungs and brain, but the treatment was not covered by the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
"He has endured 10 months of agonising surgeries and debilitating medications and treatments, (like) lung biopsy, brain surgery and stereotactic treatment," she wrote as part of the GoFundMe campaign.
"(He was) diagnosed with 12 brain tumours which saw him undertake 10 rounds of full brain radiation to name a few.
"Recently they have been informed that one of our last chances at beating this horrible disease is for him to undergo 'immunotherapy' which is not covered by the PBS.
"So the treatment will cost in excess of $3000 every three weeks."
The heartfelt plea for help caused an explosion of generosity online, with the campaign smashing its $10,000 target in just 12 hours.
As of Wednesday afternoon, it was sitting at $15,082 after 19 hours.
Mr Fowler's wife Gillian said the outpouring of generosity had been a bright spot during a difficult period for the family.
"It has given us hope - to us it's a no-brainer to give Warren one more chance of fighting," she said.
"We were going to draw off our home loan to pay for it. I told him I'm not prepared to not fight."
Mr Fowler endured 10 months of torment after his diagnosis in May, which included operations on his lungs and brain, radium treatments and drugs that in some cases made his situation worse.
Mrs Fowler said she had not given up hope and wanted to give Warren at least one more year with his family.
"We're hoping it will give his body a rest. It will work in his body but he needs to have it for the rest of his life," she said.
"We're aiming to get through a year."
To donate to the campaign, go to gofundme.com/fight-for-warren.