The Gold Coast community is rallying around a young Gold Coast family following the sudden death of their healthy, four-month-old baby boy.
Baby Lucas passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Monday April 30, leaving his heartbroken parents Josh Gall and Jess Pisarek in complete disbelief.
The tragic and unexpected passing has tugged on the heart strings of hundreds of locals who have this week proven that hard times really do bring out the best in people.
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Close friend Tameka Anderson started a gofundme page just hours after learning the awful news, in the hope of raising at least $5000 to help the family at this tragic time.
“Everyone has been absolutely devastated and in disbelief about what has happened but no one more than his amazing parents Jess and Josh,” Tameka wrote.
“Being young parents nothing prepares you for this and there is no handbook on how to cope with the grief of losing your baby.
“We have decided to set up a gofundme to help support the family in this time of need to allow for them to cover funeral costs, any time off work to grieve and to help support their other beautiful boy Ollie who is 5 years old.”
Overwhelmingly, within just one day of the fundraising page going live, it had received $10,000 worth of donations from friends, family, work colleagues, local businesses and strangers.
At the time of writing, almost $14,000 had been raised by more than 347 people.
Ms Anderson told myGC that she has been blown away by all of the support for her beautiful friends Josh and Jess.
“It has been overwhelming in the most amazing way,” she said.
“Usually you hear about all the bad things people are doing, but when something tragic like this happens it shows how the community can come together and make a real difference.
“Thank you isn’t enough to explain how grateful we are to the Gold Coast community.
“Lucas was taken far too early, but never, ever forgotten.”
Baby Lucas will be farewelled on Friday, May 4.
If you would like to donate to the family, the fundraising page will remain open until Friday here.
The family will also be donating part of the proceeds to the Red Nose foundation, a charity that aims to eradicate SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).