Magic work to help young Monroe
"IT'S been so overwhelming; I can't even think of words," said Sarah Mills.
Sarah is the mother of young Monroe, the little girl who is allergic to the sun due to a rare form of eczema known as photo-aggravated eczema, which means any ultra violet exposure leaves her in pain for days.
There is no cure for the condition and wet wrapping is the only therapy that keeps Monroe out of hospital for extended periods - but this means she cannot leave the house without wearing a body stocking from head to toe.
The kindness of strangers, however, is about to make life easier for the little girl from Nambucca Heads, whose plight captured the hearts of Advocate readers in April.
A Current Affair this week reported on the Miracle for Monroe fundraiser.
Before the story went to air the Go Fund Me total stood at $8,000 and the following morning the $20,000 fundraising target had been reached.
Not only that, local businesses have also donated their services to help.
Sunset Window Tinting, of Nambucca Heads, has offered to fit out Sarah's car with tinted windows, to ensure the five-hour monthly drives to see her doctor in Newcastle is less painful for Monroe; while Macksville Auto Electrics will provide air-conditioning.
Single mother Sarah said she hadn't stopped crying since the target was eclipsed.
"It's going to change Monroe's life."
The next step for the family is re-fitting the bathroom to accommodate Monroe's new bath.
While Monroe, who will be three in March, doesn't completely understand what is happening, Sarah said she's been talking excitedly about how everyone had helped to buy her the bath.
After the bathroom has been completed, the sunroom will be redone, with the roof requiring insulation and the windows needing to be replaced with walls to block out the sun.
If you can help Monroe, contact Sarah at facebook.com/miracleformonroe