Touched by hope
These are the words Shane and Linda Sayers have for the community who helped them raise $62,500 for Mr Sayers to have the potentially life saving brain surgery he needs.
What seemed like the impossible has become a dream come true for the Proserpine family with Mr Sayer's operation booked for next Wednesday, June 13 at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.
Mr Sayers was diagnosed with a brain tumour in the corpus collossum region of his brain on December 1 last year.
After seeking advice from renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charles Teo he was told the operation would cost him $60,000.
Six months later the operation has been booked.
All the money was raised in the past two months since the family went public about Shane's condition.
"We were told last week that we had to pay $5000 extra on top of the $60,000, so $62,500 is a big help," Mrs Sayers said.
"In a way we are relieved and amazed at the support the community has shown but are a bit nervous and scared about the unknown of the surgery.
"We have faith in Dr Teo."
The Sayers will be flying to Sydney this Sunday where Mr Sayers will have a final MRI scan on Tuesday before he goes into surgery at 6.30am on Wednesday.
They are hoping they will be coming home next Friday.
The Sayers have lived in the region for nine months and said the support shown by the Whitsunday community was "heart warming".
"Without the community this operation would not be happening," Mrs Sayers said.
"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts," Mr Sayers said.
Any individuals or organisations willing to help raise the final $2,500 needed for Shane's surgery should phone Linda Sayers on 0466 980 331.