A determined 7-year-old has single-handedly raised over $88,000 for her father’s cancer treatment after selling tea towels on the internet.
The power of the internet to do good things is just too much.
Diego Wernicke, the father of the girl, was diagnosed with stage 3 brain cancer in March 2019 after he suffered a seizure while they were looking after Luna and Mili, their 2 daughters.
The incident happened at the Gold Coast home of Diego in Australia.
The young girls alerted a neighbor and Diego was rushed to a hospital.
Doctors refused to operate on Diego because the tumor is located in a high-risk part of the brain.
The family currently wants Diego to get treated by Dr. Charlie Teo, a renowned brain surgeon.
During an interview with Daily Mail Australia, the wife of Diego, Hayley, said that Dr. Teo is capable of removing 99 percent of the tumor out of her husband’s brain.
They can never give you a definitive answer, but the operation would potentially add years and years on to his life, compared to the 12 months or so he has now.
In order to perform the surgery, Dr. Teo would have had to be invited to Queensland by a public hospital, however, that has not happened in the last 35 years.
Please and letters for doctors to fly over the border is fruitless, so now, the family of the man is currently trying to fund a trip to Sydney for the treatment.
The little daughter of the man is currently doing everything to help reach the $100,000 goal that they have.
Luna started to hand-paint tea towels with pictures of flowers, beach scenes, and rainbows. She auctions off the paintings on Instagram.
The mother said that the money they will get from the fundraising will go for surgery, paying rent, and putting food on their table.
The mother of 4 kids said:
It has been hard because Diego hasn’t been able to work since he got sick, and he can’t drive so I have to take the kids to school and take him to appointments. At the beginning of this year we had no money and dropped the amount of cannabis oil we were giving him, then he had more growth, all the while I was about to have our little boy. When I stop, my brain starts ticking over and it becomes very overwhelming, so I’m very active and try to stay focused on what I’m doing.
The family moved out of their house on the Gold Coast so they could go to a more affordable area.
They currently live in a place that is 45 minutes away from the chemotherapy hospital of Diego.
In the post that they made on their GoFundMe page, Hayley wrote that she was not feeling right for being a person that asks for help.
The entire treatment for the father is set to cost the family around $100,000.
The family said that they actually need a total of $150,000 for the family so they could pay for travel, food, and other quarantine related expenses.
If you want to donate for the fundraiser of the family, you can do so by clicking here.
You can check out the towels that Luna makes by visiting her personal Instagram page.