Donations flood in for 11-week-old baby's cancer fight
PEREGIAN Beach parents Chynae Dawson and Jimmy Fleming cried this week as they watched donations flow in to help with the care of their baby son Nalu.
Online pledges had reached close to $24,000 last night after a fundraising call for help was posted by close friend Eliiza Little just four days ago.
It has boosted the high school sweethearts' spirits.
The 11-week-old Nalu will have surgery next week to remove a cancerous kidney.
Ms Dawson, 23, and Mr Fleming, 24, first learned when Ms Dawson was 27-weeks pregnant that Nalu had dilated kidneys.
Doctors flagged him for a follow-up check when he was six weeks old.
"They found a tumour in his left kidney," Ms Dawson said.
It was initially thought to be benign until scan results received a fortnight ago brought devastating news.
The lump was diagnosed as a malignant Wilms tumour.
"It just broke our hearts," Ms Dawson said.
However, she conceded they were lucky that it had been detected early.
The next step for Nalu will be a nephrectomy in Brisbane next week.
He will then have four weeks to recover before starting a lengthy period of chemotherapy.
His parents have been told it could take six to eight months of treatment, which has to be done at pediatric oncology facilities in Brisbane.
"While he is having his chemotherapy rounds I will have to stay close to the hospital," Ms Dawson said.
That would have caused a huge strain on the young family as Mr Fleming would have had to keep an income stream flowing by remaining on the Coast working as a civil pipe layer while Ms Dawson stayed in Brisbane with Nalu.
But remarkable generosity from friends, family, local businesses and complete strangers has provided funding that means Mr Fleming will be able to take leave without pay to be there too.
It overwhelmed them.
"We just sat here in shock crying to each other,'' Ms Dawson said. "It has absolutely blown us away."
They initially had a hard time accepting the donations but have since come to terms with it.
"We will be forever grateful, we really will."
For more information visit the Nalu Needs You fundraising page.