Fundraiser To Help Bloke Struggling With Rare Cancer Hits $150,000 In Just One Day
There's so much going on in the world that it's easy to miss small things that make you smile.
One of those things could be about conservation efforts to save an endangered species or a foster mum getting hundreds of cards on Mother's Day. They might not climb to the top of your news feed but they're important stories that make you smile.
Another one of those stories comes from Ireland, where people have come together to help a bloke struggling with a rare form of cancer.
While there are tons of GoFundMe pages operating at any given time, the one dedicated to Lee Wallace is special because of how much money has been raised in such a short space of time.
In just one day, a whopping AUD$150,000 has been pledged by nearly 2,400 people. It's an astronomical amount of money in 24 hours and will go a long way to helping the 26-year-old in his battle against a rare bone sarcoma in his pelvis.
His GoFundMe says: "Lee's tumour is so rare it has never been seen by leading specialists in the UK or China. It is a mixture of an Osteosarcoma, a Ewings sarcoma and a spindle cell sarcoma, therefore a definitive diagnosis has not been possible.
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"In terms of treatment, this his been a massive barrier, as the doctors are unsure how to proceed. To further complicate things Lee's cancer has now spread to his lungs.
"Having done a lot of research we are aware of treatment options in other countries, but unfortunately these treatments carry a large price tag. Your financial support will give Lee the best chance of finding a cure and a chance to live."
His life was changed last year when he visited hospital with shooting pains in his leg, thinking it was just a pulled muscle. He underwent a bunch of tests which confirmed the presence of cancer.
Lee's family is hoping any oncologists who specialise in this area will be able to help the young man fight against his cancer.
"There are neither an oncology sarcoma specialist nor an orthopaedic oncologist who specialise in pelvic sarcomas in Ireland," his GoFundMe says. "Therefore Lee cannot have surgery at home."
While Lee has a long road ahead of him, it certainly restores your faith in humanity that so many people can come together for a complete stranger.
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