This is a heart-moving story of a little girl who was living her life as any other 7-year-old child, but all of this changed in June 2016 when doctors found a 5 cm tumor growing inside her nose. Her struggle to fight off the cancer demon is still on!
Andrew Brown, a Melbourne-based comedian, shared on Facebook a heart-moving photo of his little girl, Hayley, with her last eye lash hanging on. Her single eye lash seemed to highlight her strength and struggle against cancer, as all her hair and lashes had fallen due to the ongoing chemotherapy at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Mr. Brown, as co-founder of the Comedy Gallery, had spent years working on comedy night fundraisers to assist cancer patients and their families. It was a big shock for him when in June last year, doctors diagnosed his little girl with cancer, and told him that she would need to undergo chemotherapy and radiotherapy to fight the growing tumor.
Talking to Kidspot, he said that Hayley was probably not aware that even her eye brows were gone, and that Hayley’s eye lashes held much longer than her hair did. He said that the hospital staff would often comment on how beautiful her eye lashes were.
“How’s Hayley and her beautiful lashes today?” he said that the staff would often ask.
Mr. Brown said as the treatment went on her lashes begun to fall, but this last one stayed for almost three weeks.
“Right through people, including her older sister, always said how jealous they were of her beautiful big eyelashes,” Mr. Brown told Kidspot.
“But then one day she was complaining about something in her eye. The lashes were all coming out one at a time,” he said.
Mr. Brown and his wife, Leia, and friend, Andrea Huggins, are raising funds via MyCause page to help cover costs associated with the treatment.
Mr. Brown has taken part in various comedy fundraisers for cancer sufferers and since Hayley’s diagnosis, his campaign has become personal.
“In 2017, Hayley’s treatment regime will continue with a maintenance program,” Mrs. Huggins posted on the fundraiser page.
“Therefore, I have extended the length of this campaign to help raise funds to support the Brown family to cover the ongoing costs associated with hospital visits, parking, citylink, fuel, medications, rent, bills and so on.”
We wish lovely Hayley and her family peace and strength during this hard time, and hope she makes a breakthrough like a courageous winner!