Community gets behind young brain cancer sufferer
THE Bellingen community is rallying behind one of its youngest residents who has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer.
More than $13,000 has been raised by the community to help support five-year-old Malu Palmer and her mum Rachel Palmer in Newcastle, where the youngster is receiving treatment.
Malu's grandfather, John Palmer, said most of the money was raised within the first few days after the tumour was found.
Mr Palmer and his wife, Suzie - who previously lived in Bellingen for 20 years - expressed their gratitude to the community for ongoing support for their daughter and grand-daughter.
"The community has been strong in all of this. The Bellingen community is a fairly close community," Mr Palmer said.
Packages of gifts have also been sent down to Malu and her mother as the little girl continues treatment in Newcastle following the removal of the majority of the tumour.
Mr Palmer said Malu's tumour was discovered at the end of last month when Rachel took the unwell little girl to Bellingen Hospital. From there, the family was advised to go to Coffs Harbour Health Campus, where a CT scan found a tumour "the size of a small orange".
As Malu enters treatment, Mr Palmer said the family, and all those who know little Malu, remain positive.
"I think everyone is optimistic," he said.
From the local doctors, specialists to the Ronald McDonald House, Mr Palmer also thanked and acknowledged all the organisations involved in supporting Malu through her treatment.
To donate, visit www. gofundme.com/maluwild.