The Gold Coast community is rallying around a much-loved dad and husband with terminal brain cancer, so that he has a chance to watch his little boy grow up.
Nerang resident Adrian Woodley has been diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma, which is an aggressive form of brain tumor, with an average survival rate of around 12-18 months.
Since being diagnosed, Adrian has had a craniotomy resection to remove a lemon sized tumour, and has undertaken daily radiotherapy sessions as well as continuing chemotherapy.
Adrian’s wife Rachel told myGC that they received the shock diagnosis after the 35-year-old car builder began suffering severe headaches and nausea.
The young father’s battle has tugged on the heart strings of hundreds of locals, who have proven that hard times really do bring out the best in people.
Adrian’s former boss and fellow classic car buff Benjamin Atkinson started a gofundme page after learning the awful news, in the hope of raising at least $40,000 to help the family out at this tough time.
“Life… it can be a rollercoaster sometimes and after finding out that one of our team’s amazingly talented car builder and good friend who’s only in his 30’s has been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal brain cancer we all went into a loop to loop,” Mr Atkinson said.
“Adrian and his wife Rachel have not been able to work and have used their life savings to keep afloat, along with donations from friends and family to help with covering the mortgage and food vouchers.”
Since starting the gofundme page on August 1, it has already raised more than $21,000 of its $40,000 goal, with Adrian revealing he and wife Rachel are overwhelmed by the support shown by the local community.
“Words cannot even express how grateful we are for the generosity shown by all who have donated,” Adrian said.
“This money will be used to help cover the bills which means we can spend more time together as a family and Rachel does not have to rush into full time work to cover expenses.”
Rachel told myGC that she’s the sole carer for her husband, which has made it hard for her to work.
“I’m lucky that my job is quite flexible, so I’ve been able to do some night shifts while Adrian and our five-year-old son Lincoln are in bed, but it’s still been really difficult,” she said.
Along with the gofundme page, friends have also organised a big “Cars and Coffee” fundraiser and auction which is taking place on the Gold Coast this Sunday.
“To think what Adrian and his family are going through and continue to, the financial stress they were instantly put under and faced with the possibility of losing their home we are putting together a fundraiser on the Gold Coast on the 22nd of September,” Mr Atkinson wrote.
“All donations will go directly towards the family to help them with bills, putting food on the table and keeping their home while they enjoy the time they have left together.”
Rachel said the fundraiser will see hundreds of members of car clubs around the coast bring their much-loved cars out to Seven82motors, where they will enjoy a coffee and chat all in a bid to raise money for Adrian.
A number of local businesses have also already donated a number of items for the upcoming auction, including a signed Gold Coast Titans Jersey, Brisbane Roar Jersey and Wallabies Jersey.
The fundraising event will kick off at 132 Spencer road, Nerang at 7.30am on Sunday with the Cars and Coffee event, followed by the auction at 9.00am, a Poker Run through Canungra at 10.30am and a luncheon where the prizes for the poker run will be announced.
Alternatively, you can donate to help Adrian and his family via the gofundme page here.