Friday, January 24, 2014

Let's Rally To Help Angie

 
Hello Vintage Queens.
 
If I have any followers in Ballarat, Victoria, please consider booking a ticket for the below event.  Brett is my first cousin and his family needs all the help they can get in this very difficult time.
xx
 
Angie and Brett Edwards with their children, Brodie, 6, Jameson, 5, Chelsea, 2, and Tristan, 18 weeks. PICTURE: Sharee Stevens Photography
Angie and Brett Edwards with their children, Brodie, 6, Jameson, 5, Chelsea, 2, and Tristan, 18 weeks. PICTURE: Sharee Stevens Photography

THE Ballarat community is rallying behind a young mother struck down with a rare and inoperable cervical cancer only months after giving birth to her fourth child.
A fundraiser is being organised for Angie Edwards’ family – her husband of eight years Brett and their four children aged between six years and 18 weeks – to help them financially after Mrs Edwards was diagnosed with cancer late last year.
The ferocity of the cancer has astounded Melbourne specialists. They have told the 31-year-old, who is already bedridden in hospital, there is no cure.
In just a matter of weeks, Mrs Edwards (nee Clifford) has gone from a vivacious woman who was busy looking after her growing family, to being unable to complete even the simplest of tasks, such as getting in and out of bed.
Just 18 weeks ago, the Edwards family was celebrating the birth of their fourth child.
It had been an easy pregnancy and an uncomplicated labour, but their new son Tristan was rushed to Melbourne’s Monash Medical Centre after he was born not breathing. Soon after, doctors gave Tristan the all-clear to go home and the Edwards, who met and fell in love while at school, returned to their busy lives of raising their little brood, believing the worst was over.
However, four weeks later their world was turned upside down when Mrs Edwards was diagnosed with the rare and very aggressive form of inoperable cervical cancer.
Her husband has been given leave from his job at MaxiTRANS to look after the children, and her mother Kerry McNeight has also taken leave from her job at Ballarat Health Services to be there for her daughter.
The first sign something was wrong came four weeks after Tristan’s birth, when Mrs Edwards complained of a sore neck, believing she had slept the wrong way.
It was initially thought to be an infected cyst, but an ultrasound showed it was a blood clot. She was immediately hospitalised and, after many tests, a biopsy showed it was cervical cancer. 
Doctors first told Mrs Edwards a hysterectomy and radiation treatment would be the answer.
Further investigations by a top Melbourne surgeon showed that operating to remove the cancer, which was not responding to chemotherapy or radiotherapy, was not an option as it was too large and wrapped around organs.
“We were told a couple of days before Christmas that there was no cure. They sent Angie home and we all fell to pieces,” Mrs Edwards’ mother said. “We tried to make it a nice Christmas for the kids, but it was very hard.”
Mrs McNeight said before the diagnosis, her daughter was a very independent woman.
“She was the best mum I know ... nothing would faze her,” she said. “At the moment, the odds are stacked against her, but we need to stay positive, to keep our hopes up.
“Some days are easier than others but we have to power on for the children.”
Mrs Edwards’ biggest concern for the future is how her husband will deal with the financial strain her illness has caused. The family is receiving Centrelink payments, but there is still a worry for their financial future.
 
Friends and family have organised a fundraising auction for Friday, February 28 at Jackson’s and Co, 201 Mair Street, Ballarat.
Dress code is wear something glittery or sparkly. Cost is $30. For more information call Kelly Wakeling on 0409 871 251 or Rachael Mahoney on 0412 223 608.
 
An NAB bank account has also been sent up for the Edwards family. Anyone who wants to make a donation can go into an NAB branch and quote BSB: 083 532 account number 397507917.
 

 
 

15 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I am a whole country away, but I am so sorry to hear about this and my thoughts are with them. <3

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  2. Obviously I'm not in Ballarat but I'm sure I can made a donation. Much love xxxx

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    1. Thanks so much SC, you are the loveliest xx

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  3. All of my hopes and good wishes for this beautiful young family. My cousin just passed away from cancer leaving a loving wife and adorable baby twins and we are all still struggling with losing him. I'm not able to attend this event but will donate. XXX

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    1. Thanks so much Brooke, that is so very nice of you. I'm also sorry for your loss. Xx

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  4. With all my heart, I am so immensely sorry to hear about this tragic situation. Thank you deeply for sharing it with your readers, honey.

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. hey gorgeous!

    how can we usa girls help out with donations? :)

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    1. Agreed! would love to donate, even though I am in the UK

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    2. Hi guys,
      Thanks so much for your comments and wanting to help! I am currently receiving emails form people wanting to donate goods to the fundraiser night, or wanting to host auctions of their own, then donating the proceeds to the bank account listed in the blog post. Any overseas donations can be made to me via Paypal and I can then donate into the bank account. If you need any more q's answered please email me at booteddybelle@hotmail.com. THANK YOU! xx

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  6. This is so sad. I've made a small donation, my thoughts are with your cousin and his family.

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    1. Thank you Rose, it so very much appreciated xx

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  7. Sending so much love and light to the Family,. I will participate in the Kindness in Nail Polish auctions and hope I can help out somehow!

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  8. Hi, I will participate in the Kindness in Polish auction and if I'm not lucky enough to win anything I will definitely make a donation. Lots of love to the Edwards'.

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  9. I have tears in my eyes :*( My thoughts and prayers are with them all and you too. I am so so sorry *gentle hugs*

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Thanks so much for commenting! I read each and every one, even if I am slow to respond sometimes!