Valley rallies for cancer patient
VANESSA Brown says her glass is full.
Despite being diagnosed with a brain tumour only weeks ago, Vanessa and her young family from Ashby are looking toward the future with all the positive energy they can muster.
"It has been overwhelming for me and I've been so blown away by the support from this community," she said.
"So many people have already helped me in so many ways."
Still coming to terms with the news, Vanessa says her plan is to focus on things she can control, such as diet and general health.
"My goal is to stay on my path and believe it can be managed and I'm asking my friends and family to believe it along with me.
"The children (daughters 4 and 2) know something's going on; they understand that I have a 'black spot' on my brain," she said.
With medical expenses mounting and Vanessa no longer able to work, friends and family have rallied around and in seven days have raised more than $11,500 via Facebook.
It's a great start towards the estimated $80,000 needed if Vanessa decides to have surgery.
Several fundraising events have been organised for the coming months, starting with a party featuring live entertainment on Saturday, October 20 at the Yamba Surf Life Saving Club.
To support Vanessa and her family, visit facebook.com/VforVictoryFundraiser.