‘Uplifting’ support for Lismore-raised mum of three fighting cancer
FRIENDS and family of a Lismore-raised mum of three have thrown their support behind her battle with leukaemia, raising almost $40,000 towards a Gofundme campaign.
Carly Pollard (nee Lynch), 30, grew up in Lismore before moving to the Sunshine Coast eight years ago, where she lives with her husband Andrew and their young children, Zane, three-and-a-half, and twins Ruby and Lincoln, 2.
She was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last September, with doctors commencing immediate chemotherapy.
Tragically, the cancer relapsed in February and doctors informed the Pollards that a bone marrow transplant was the only option.
Mrs Pollard was then fortunate to find a suitable donor via the Australian Bone Marrow Donors’ Registry and undertook a stem cell and bone marrow transplant on April 8.
The family is now waiting and hoping, as over the next few weeks Mrs Pollard will undergo a series of tests to see if her body will accept the transplant.
Mrs Pollard’s extended family are all still in the Lismore area and her father is a teacher at Trinity Catholic College.
Cousin Trudy Duncan, who launched the Gofundme page, said the response from the community had been hugely uplifting for the young family.
“Both Andrew and Carly and their families have been so overwhelmed with the support received from everyone,” Mrs Duncan said.
“Through donations, sharing their story via the Gofundme link and receiving everyones well wishes, thoughts and prayers has been incredible and they honestly cannot thank everyone enough.
“With leukaemia it’s not something where’s you can go in have your treatment and go home.
“You have to be in hospital almost full-time... the whole family had to relocate to Brisbane.
Andrew, who is self-employed, has had to cease work in order to care for the family.
It’s also been a huge challenge for Zane, three-and-a-half, and twins Ruby and Lincoln, 2, who can’t see their mother as often as normal, even though they are close by in Brisbane.
“Because of Carly’s (weakened) immune system they can’t visit her as often as they would like, because she’s got no immune system she’s got nothing to fight any infections,” Ms Duncan said.
The page has raised $37,833 since it first went up on March 30 and donations are continuing to flow.
“Hopefully this enables them to focus on the treatment and get a positive outcome for Carly,” Mrs Duncan said.
Mrs Duncan said Mrs Pollard would also like to raise awareness about the ease of donating bone marrow and stem cells, which require little more than a standard blood donation.
The registry’s website is www.abmdr.org.au.
The Pollard Family Fundraiser Gofundme page is here: https://www.gofundme.com/puwr53du