Jamie Lewis has endured a heart-wrenching experience that no parent should ever have to bear – the painful loss of his precious four-year-old daughter, Emerara, to Neuroblastoma Cancer. Diagnosed at the age of three, tragically, despite undergoing ten months of treatment, Emerara passed away last year.
The months since have been a struggle, but Jamie has found a new purpose in life by starting a small lawn-mowing business and donating five dollars from each job to Childhood Cancer Support, an organisation that had been an invaluable source of assistance during his daughter’s cancer ordeal by providing accommodation outside the hospital environment, enabling the family to create cherished memories in a happy setting rather than being surrounded by pumps and machines.
“When you have to spend a long time in hospital, you need to get away and get some normalcy back.
“Being able to be back in a normal house to eat normal food, listen to music and play. Things we all take for granted. They are memories I will cherish forever. That’s why Childhood Cancer Support means so much to me”, said Jamie.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Jamie would like everyone to be aware and educate themselves about childhood cancer, as it can affect anybody from all walks of life.
Jamie has organised a Fraser Coast Childhood Cancer Awareness Ride to be held on September 23 and would like everyone to wear something gold. The cost is $10 per entry for motorbikes, cars, and trucks. Meet up at 9 am at the Brolga Theatre, stands up at 10 am. Riders will be riding from Maryborough to the Kondari Hotel via Torbanlea. There will also be a raffle on the day.
All money raised will go to Childhood Cancer Support. Assisting regional families with a child fighting cancer.
To donate directly to Childhood Cancer Support – www.ccs.org.au.