FIGHTING TO LIVE: Mel Quinn (front) with co-workers Rebecca Ryan and Donna Battese are holding a fundraising day so she can receive life-saving therapy.
FIGHTING TO LIVE: Mel Quinn (front) with co-workers Rebecca Ryan and Donna Battese are holding a fundraising day so she can receive life-saving therapy. Samantha Elley

Mum’s cancer struggle

FIGHTING FAMILY: Mel Quinn with her children Mitchell, 11, Madison, 3, Amy, 7 and Luke 14. Photo Samantha Elley / Express Examiner
FIGHTING FAMILY: Mel Quinn with her children Mitchell, 11, Madison, 3, Amy, 7 and Luke 14. Photo Samantha Elley / Express Examiner Samantha Elley

IMAGINE you are a 31-year-old mother of four young children and doctors have recently diagnosed you with inoperable brain cancer with a chance of only two years left to live.

That's the situation Casino resident Melissa Quinn has recently had to face, and it has thrown her life into turmoil.

"I had cancer two-and-a- half years ago in the uterus, so it wasn't a huge surprise that it's come back," she said.

"But I am still overwhelmed and scared."

Ms Quinn was diagnosed in June this year with cancer on the brain and in the soft tissue under the birthmark on her left leg.

"The Australian Medical Board is covering 90% of my costs to go to California to receive proton radiation therapy," she said.

"But we need to make up the money for eight weeks of airfares, clinical fees and everyday expenses."

The procedure is currently not in Australia although it's predicted it will be in three years time - too late for Ms Quinn.

"We've estimated we need to raise $20,000," she said.

For this reason, with the help of her boss Neale Genge at the Casino RSM Club and co-workers Donna Battese and Rebecca Ryan, the Mel Quinn Fundraiser Bowls Day will be held on Friday, November 21 at 3pm followed by a Country/ Western night.

"There will be a huge auction and raffle of sports memorabilia," Ms Quinn said.

"Cricket NSW has donated three Australian shirts, signed and framed, NSW State of Origin has donated a jersey and so have NSW Swifts."

Ms Quinn has been touched by the response of local businesses as well.

"Businesses here in town have thrown donations at us," she said.

To be part of the bowls day, put together a team of four. Entry is $70 per person, which includes a barbecue and light refreshments. RSVP by November 14 to Casino RSM 6662 1666. Details are also on Facebook at MelQuinnFundraiser.



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