Community raises $80k in 24 hours to save James
THE Sunshine Coast community raised $80,000 in 24 hours to save James Warrington-Love's life.
Thanks to the generosity of 1450 donors, the six-year-old from Bokarina had an operation yesterday morning, which will enable him to travel to Belgium for further treatment.
James was diagnosed with a high-grade glioma (aggressive brain cancer) in a location where most neurosurgeons are unwilling to operate.
In February, his parents Deborah and Paul found hope when world-renowned Sydney neurosurgeon Charlie Teo agreed to operate.
Dr Teo removed 90% of the grapefruit-sized tumour in February but recent scans revealed the tumour had grown back.
James's only chance of survival was another operation followed by ground-breaking treatment in Belgium.
Late last Thursday afternoon James's family found out Dr Teo would have to operate yesterday.
The cost of the surgery would be $80,000 and the money was required by last Friday afternoon.
Rare Cancers Australia created a page to receive donations for James and the call went out, with the community responding immediately.
Within hours $40,000 had been donated and the entire $80,000 was in the bank by 5pm Friday. As of yesterday afternoon, they had raised more than $115,000.
James can now travel to Belgium to take part in a trial for immunotherapy treatment.
This therapy has produced positive results for patients with James's cancer but is not yet available in Australia.
The family met Member for Fisher Mal Brough last month to see if any government support was available.
Mr Brough has since kept in touch with them and thanked the Coast community for its help.
"I want to thank everyone who donated, shared Facebook posts, forwarded emails and attended fundraising events for James," he said.
"You have all contributed and have given him a chance at a future.
"I spoke to Dr Teo's office this afternoon (yesterday) and they told me that the surgery went amazingly well, which is a great outcome and another important step in James's journey."
Donations can still be made to help with the trip to Belgium and ongoing medical costs by visiting www .rarecancers.org.au and clicking on the "Help us to help James" link.