Brain cancer diagnosis inspires fundraising efforts

HIGH SPIRITS: Rosie, Matthew and John Lloyd remained positive and gave a thumbs up to the camera following John's diagnosis in September 2016.
HIGH SPIRITS: Rosie, Matthew and John Lloyd remained positive and gave a thumbs up to the camera following John's diagnosis in September 2016.

On September 30, 2016 Rosie Lloyd and her family were delivered the devastating news that would tip their lives upside-down.

Their loving father John had been diagnosed with brain cancer and given six to 12 months left to live.

The gut-wrenching reality of the situation has finally been realised just over a year later as John spent his final days in the Port Augusta Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Motivated by their father’s journey and spurred on by their mother Marie, Rosie and her brother Matthew are raising money for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in a bid to help eradicate this aggressive and unforgiving disease.

“During (the past year) our family has had a quality 12 months with our father as a result of the treatments that he received,” Rosie said.

“But as a family we would have given anything to have a few extra days, months or years with our father – so as a group we feel that this is a cause worth fighting for.”

Rosie and Matthew are running a raffle with tickets at $5 a piece and have set up a webpage where donations can be made directly to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

The pair have received overwhelming support from local businesses and Rosie said the donations are still pouring in.

“So far I have received donations from Woolworths, Coles, Total Homeloan Options, Bella Bliss Masage and Beauty, Westside Newsagcency, Acacia Art Florist, Uptown Girl, Nat’s Beauty Room, Blue Mangrove, Magic Memories by Erika, Body Bliss by Georgia with still more to come,” she said.

“We hope that in some way we are helping other families from either having to watch a loved one suffer the way we have, or provide families with the most important commodity following a diagnosis – time.”

A well known character around town, Rosie said her father John is a loved member of the Port Augusta Community, in particular with the Orchid Society. 

“He's also well known for his love of fishing in our beautiful Spencer Gulf and this raffle is aiming to raise money in his memory for a cause that he is passionate about,” she said.

While nothing will ease the grief that the Lloyd family are feeling at this difficult time, Rosie said she holds on to hope that with fundraising efforts like this one there will one day be a cure for Brain Cancer – a legacy her father would be proud of. 

“Our dad would not want us to grieve for long, instead he would wish that we continued living our lives and in some ways help others from the grief that we are experiencing,” she said.

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased from Pure Indulge and will soon be available at other local businesses.