Young cancer mum touched by community support
A LISMORE mother of two undergoing treatment for advanced melanoma cancer has shared her "overwhelming" gratitude for the almost $60,000 in funds raised locally to support her family.
Shanelle Bull, 33 - who is mother of Braxton, 4, and four-week-old Halle, and wife to Jimmy Bull - was diagnosed with the cancer only last month just prior to her giving birth to Halle.
Doctors were forced to deliver Halle six weeks premature as a result of the cancer's discovery, which involved three separate tumours in three different organs.
Mrs Bull is now in John Flynn Hospital on the Gold Coast undergoing treatment for the cancer alongside her husband and family.
A Gofundme crowdfunding campaign launched only late on Wednesday afternoon this week by close friend Nicola Santin to support the family has since raised $61,890 as of 5pm on Friday.
Overwhelmed by support
Speaking from her hospital bed, Mrs Bull thanked the community and said the support was "overwhelming"
"I just can't believe it, so shocking, it's so generous really," she said.
"I've got no words to say other than thankyou so much."
Mrs Bull said the diagnosis had come as a "massive shock" but said she was remaining positive and upbeat about the experience.
"You can't change it, and it's not going to get me down," she said.
One of a kind
Close friend Nicola Santin, who launched the crowdfunding appeal, said Mrs Bull was 'one of a kind'.
"Everyone Shanelle meets in her life (knows) she's the type of girl who is just so selfless and will absolutely do anything for anybody no matter how big or small," Ms Santin said of her friend.
"She's absolutely there for people no matter what. She's very strong and positive."
Ms Santin said the crowdfunding campaign would ensure Mr Bull could remain at his wife's side throughout the treatment.
"When you hear such shattering news… I guess the community rally together doing what they're doing so he can spend his days with Shanelle and the kids," she said.
World turned upside down
Mr Bull spoke to The Northern Star and said the family's world had been turned "upside down" but they were getting on top of things.
"At first it was hard, not having an idea of what was going to eventuate," he said.
"Now we've got a plan in place, we're on the right treatment, and it's just sort of a waiting game at the minute.
"The support we're getting from the hospitals is amazing, they've all gone above and beyond our expectations.
"We're getting nurses turning up more than two hours before their shift to come and sit with her."
To help the family you can donate here.