Support flows for family facing baby's brain tumour ordeal
AT JUST eight months old Kade Neilsen has been diagnosed with a brain tumour - and now his parents do not know if he will make it past his first birthday.
Kade's mother Michelle Neilsen said she and her husband Aran were absolutely devastated.
Kade was diagnosed with the tumour on March 24 and went into surgery the next day.
"Our world was turned completely upside down," Mrs Neilsen said.
"From Sunday the 23rd to the following Monday our whole life had changed, we left our business, our home."
The family said Kade had 60-70% chance of surviving the cancer.
The Boonah boy is currently undergoing chemotherapy and will begin radiation treatment when he turns one on July 30
"He was a perfectly healthy baby boy two weeks before his diagnoses and then he started to get sick," she said.
"We've had to leave our whole life in Boonah to stay here, we also have a two-year-old son and it's affected him a lot."
The local Boonah community has rallied in support of the Neilsen family who are currently living in childhood cancer support accommodation at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.
A Facebook page called "Kade Support" has been set up to advertise fundraising events and has already gained 1300 likes.
The Neilsens' best friend created the Facebook page to make it easier for the family to keep everyone up to date on Kade's progress.
More than $12,000 has already been raised for Kade with fundraising events still continuing.
Mrs Neilsen said the response from the community had been overwhelming.
"So many people have done so much for us, the fundraising has helped us pay for a lot of our medical and accommodation expenses," she said.
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"It's also the emotional support, knowing that people are there when you need them is a really good feeling."
The Boonah community has held raffles, trivia contests, auctions and even a car rally and family fun day to raise money for Kade.
Kade's parents have received a lot of support from the local Lions Club as well as other independent fundraisers.
Boonah Lions secretary Wally Sands said that as a community organisation, the Boonah Lions Club should be helping to raise money to aid locals in need such as the Neilsen family.
"Kade and his family are going through a very difficult and trying time so we are doing what we can to help," he said.
The Lions Club is planning another community trivia night to raise money for Kade at the end of August.
For more information on how to donate visit the "Kade Support" Facebook page.