Supporting Ray's Journey

By Brianna Page

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Outpatient Treatment has started

After just over 2 weeks at home off all chemotherapy, Ray has started his 1st round of outpatient treatment back in Brisbane this week.
The good news, he isn't in hospital overnight and we are down here with him, and he doesn't have to eat hospital food.
We are staying in one of the Leukaemia Foundation accommodation buildings, just near South Bank, and even though it's not our home, it is nice to be able to all be together.
Treatment days are long, as it's not just a quick in and out thing. Monday, Wednesday & Friday are usually 5+ hours, with Tuesday & Thursday a little less at about 3 hours. This will continue for 4 weeks.
Ray will then have a month off, and we can all go back home, before having to head back down for the next 4 weeks of treatment. He will need to do this for at least 4 rounds of treatment.

How we found out Ray had Leukaemia

Ray went in for a blood test for some bruising, a nose bleed and a couple of headaches. At the time we thought that there was nothing to worry about as some medication he was taking explained all of these symptoms.

Less than 24 hours after his blood test he was called by the doctor, advising him to get to the emergency department ASAP for further testing because his platelets and white blood cell counts were extremely low. 

Ray was at work, in Moranbah. During numerous phone calls over the next hour with haematology specialists at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, Ray was told to get to Moranbah hospital where they transported him to the airport and Life Flight arranged for a private jet to pick him up and take him to Brisbane. 

On arrival at the Royal Brisbane Hospital later that day, Ray was told that further testing on his bloods through the day had revealed that he is suffering from Leukaemia. He needed to start treatment that day. The cancer was aggressive and left untreated for even 24 to 48 more hours could have a very devastating outcome.

We were told that he would need to stay in hospital for at least the next month, to receive treatment and that he would need daily outpatient treatment after this initial phase for at least the next 6 to 8 months.

This means he will not be able to work for the foreseeable future.

Initially we were told that he may be able to receive his follow up treatment back home on the Sunshine Coast, but we have since been told, that because Ray's Leukaemia is rare (only 100 people diagnosed in Australia each year) that only 2 hospital's in Queensland provide the type of treatment he needs, and Brisbane is our closest option.

It's been just over 2 weeks now since Ray was diagnosed and he is doing well so far. We won't know until the end of the first month how he has responded to the treatment but the doctor's have said that all is looking good so far. Which we can only take as a good sign.

I’ve taken a stand against blood cancer.

On the 24th of February 2021, Ray, my wonderful husband and amazing father to our three gorgeous boys, was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia, called Acute Promyelocytic Leukaemia or APML for short.

There is no known cause for APML and it can affect anyone at anytime. It is as simple as a 'glitch' between two chromosomes that occurs during the DNA replication process. It is a very aggressive blood cancer but if found and treated quickly and aggressively the prognosis is generally very good.

Ray is currently in hospital receiving treatment, where his doctors are hopeful that they started treatment early enough for a good outcome. They believe that he had only had APML for 4 to 6 weeks before his diagnosis. However he still has a long way to go.

After Ray's initial treatment in hospital he will be required to have at least 4 more rounds of daily treatment, as an outpatient, which can only be administered at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. This will mean that we will need to move to Brisbane during these treatment cycles. To do this the Leukaemia Foundation will help by providing accommodation for our family, to stay and support Ray, during this time.

This will cost the foundation approximately $560 per week, which over 4 months comes to just under $9000 for our family to stay together.

My amazing brothers and nephew, Tyson, Trenton and Ethan, have decided to shave their heads to help raise as much money as possible to support the Leukaemia Foundation and to try to help cover the costs of what the foundation will be spending on our accommodation.

Trenton and Ethan are very fond of their stylish dos, so this is a big deal for these two. However what I believe to be one of the most selfless acts is my baby brother, Tyson, shaving his head in support of Ray. He has been growing his hair for over 7 years. It is long and thick and he has been told many times over the years that he should just get a haircut. He said he never felt the need or had a reason to do so, until now. 

This to me is such an amazing thing for him to do.


If you can donate to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation and to see my brothers and nephew shave their heads in support of Ray's journey, it would mean so much. We would love to be able to raise the whole $9000, but know it is a tough ask.
So, if we raise $3000 then Trenton will shave his head, $5000 then both Trenton and Ethan will shave theirs and if we can get to $7000 then Tyson will shave his too.

We will keep the fundraising page open until the end of April if we haven't raised the money before that. 
Thank you so much for donating to this amazing Foundation. The work they do to help patients and their families is truly amazing.

My Achievements

Congrats! You've hit your goal!

$80 raised - you've given a family a night of emergency accommodation!

You've covered genetic testing!

You've given a family a whole weeks accommodation near treatment

$1,000 raised - you've made a tube gene test with state-of-the-art-technology possible

You've covered 3 months of lab costs for vital blood cancer research

You've fund life changing research for 3 months

Thank you to my Supporters

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Byron Tik

Sending love

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Judy And Cyril Winen

Sending prayers to you all

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Matt Ellaway

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Greg Tash Wilkinson

Best of luck for the treatment Ray our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family x

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Carmen And Tony

Thinking of you and your family

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Chrissy Wright

Sending love and best wishes for a speedy recovery x

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Michael Leask

Same as always ... anything you need, just ask.

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Glenn & Karen Page

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All our love from the Barclays x

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Sean Byrne

Love you guys so much! Always here for you.

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Tegan And Wayne Beutel

Thinking of you Ray, Bri and the boys. We will be thinking of you all over the hard journey ahead.

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Ben & Kylie Curry

Im sure this 15K will be a great help. We are all behind you Ray. You got this mate

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Jenna D’annunzio

To my crockpot and her beautiful boys...may this small donation help to make all the difference in ensuring the continued health and happiness of your family💙💙 thinking of you all the way from Rochester, NY!!!!

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Dean Spilsbury

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Jaimie, Kane And Girls. Xx

All our love Brianna, Ray and boys.

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Alex Clark

Mr Page and family Stay strong you can beat this, sending my thoughts through these hard times. all the best and look forward to seeing you back at work soon

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Kathryn Lawson

We wish you luck and I really hope for the best x

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Paul And Louise Crangle

X

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Nat And Dale Xo

Sending love and strength to you all. You got this Ray!!

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My love goes out to you

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Leanne Leggett

Hurry back Ray. Best of luck with the journey ahead. Thinking of you all x

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Phil

Hurry back milkman.

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Karina Winen

Thinking of you all and praying that the treatment goes well xx

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Terry Markham

Thinking of you all Sending our love strength and prayers Love the Markham clan xxx🙏🌸❤️

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Sending Prayers and healing light your way

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Lincoln Ryall

Big hugs mate to you and your family

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Sally Adams

Thinking of you guys😍

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Sending all our prayers to help your family through this journey.

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John And Dianne Glover

Thinking of you all looking forward to catching up with you all love and best wishes uncle Johnny and Dianne

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Michael & Mikahlia Danks

Sending all the love in the world to you all xo

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Tiff Elgar

Sending all my love and best wishes!

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Moggy

Good luck and god bless you all

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Gail Yates

Sending lots of love and strength to you all.. xx

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Amanda Harris

Thinking of you and your family Pagey, get well soon mate

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Colin Sharon Walker

Stay strong Ray you have this mate all the best Big cuddles to you and your family From colin sharon

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Mark

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Mikhala Walker

Thinking of you and your family Pagey.

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Jade And Adam King

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Aaron Mcwaters

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Jessica Helsham

Sending all my love! U got this ray!

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Jasmin Johnstone

Thinking of you Ray ❤ You got this 👊

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Katie Maree Webb

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Owen

Our thoughts are with you and your family Ray...

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Diane Kershaw

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Hannah Ellis

My heart goes out to you!

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Gemma Hopes

Thinking of you all ❤️🙏

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Marg

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Emiliano Maccaferri

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Luke Page

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Scott Greenhalgh

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Maria Grimes

Tell Carl he has to lose 10kgs as well as the hair!

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Terry And Zoe Lung

Stay strong Ray and Brianna. You guys can get through this.

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Loren And Rohan Shay

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Pauline Frater

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Kyren, Molly, Ryder And Hardy

Sending all our love, thoughts and prays to you all xx

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Goodwin George

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Xander Page

This money is to support you dad.

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Gj Horticultural Pty Ltd

Sending positive hugs

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Chris Chadderton

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Ange, Roman, Mason And Guy Shead

Wishing you the best success.

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Pete & Tess Liston

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Rebecca Moldoveanu

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Kirsten Jordan

You got this Ray Ray. Thinking of you and your beautiful family.

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Gordon & Charlotte Yates

Hope this helps to get the hair off these guys xo

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Sonya Hall

I went to school with Ray, so very sorry and shocked reading the diagnosis. Thinking of you and your family.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Megan Stokje

Sending all our love and support always ❤️

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Radar & Shell Attenborough

Thinking of you guys! You got this Pagey...kick it in the shins x

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Aramoana Ackroyd

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Dylan Ford

Get well soon Ray!

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Tim Johnson

Thinking of you guys. All the best.

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Michelle Edwards

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Denielle Tearle

Get better Paigey!!

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Louise Pow

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Mel Kliese

My thoughts are with you and your family Ray through this difficult time. Looking forward to seeing you hit your fundraising goal!

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Dan & Becca

Much love to you both! It’s a horrible card that you’ve been dealt but you are strong and can beat this. Let us know if you need anything. We are more than happy to help.

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Kip Ebner

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Darlene And Adrian Stibbard

Thinking of you guys through this hard time. Being a cancer survivor myself we know that there will be tough times ahead. You’ve got this Ray. Keep strong mate x

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Marion Miosge

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Helen

Sending you love and strength. I know you guys are a great team and you will fight through this together. 😘

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Rod & Janelle Daniel

Sending lots of love to you all.

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Gerard &michelle

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Brendan & Kate Daniel

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Paula Garnsworthy

Go boys. You 3 are legends.. so heart-warming gesture.

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Jimmy Hoey

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Jodie Davies

All the very best, sending much love 🤗

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Warren Ashford

hes got this

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Love you guys x

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Leia And Scott Lawson

We will fight this! Xxx

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Paul Ash

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Vaughan Moldre

Tons of love to you all Brianna.

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Marc Mallet

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Paul & Megan Stokje

Sending our support

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Sarah Wingfield

Love your brothers for doing this Bri. Can't wait to reach that $7,000 and see the new hair styles. XXXX

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Dean Wingfield

See you next week mate.

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Millie Wingfield

I hope this helps you reach your target Brianna. Love from Millie

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Harry Wingfield

I'm hoping Ray gets better soon.from Harry

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Coral Heathwood

Best wishes and I hope you feel better soon mate

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Jo Thorpe

Saw Rays story through Gordon & Charlotte Yates ( I’m charlottes UK bestie) Sending best wishes to you all on this tough journey xx

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Julie Miles

Thinking of you through this tough time.

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Steve Miles

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Matt Frisby

Absolutely devastating news for Ray, you and your family Stay positive Our thoughts are with your family During this shocking time Frisby Family

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Healthy Impact (scott Baines)

Hope this helps. Naomi, Scott, & Jono

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Naydeen Soward

A struggle ahead, but you are tough people with lots of love surrounding you.

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Salene

Lots of love to you all!

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Stu & Lyn

Love always to you all. Xx

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Carl And Louise Fox

Thinking of you Ray, Brianna and gorgeous kids. xxoo

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Dwayne

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Lelia Mathewson

I’m a friend of Trenton and Nikki and I have a rare blood cancer as well, though mine is controlled at the moment. Wishing you all the very best and willing you to get better soon. Lelia

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William Dennison

Wishing you a speedy recovery Ray, here if you need anything!!

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Kathryn Taylor

Sending lots of love to you all!!

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The Dukesons

Good luck with Ray's treatment. We hope he has good outcome.

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Tamika

From cousin to cousin, it’s not much but I hope it will help x

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Kerrie & Brett Miller

❤️ Thinking of your family and wishing you all the best. Brett & Kerrie Miller

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All the best to you and Ray. 💙💙 Show that cancer whos boss! 🖖🏼🖖🏼

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Gail Page

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Sarah Hingst

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Sara

So sorry to hear this news Brianna! Sending your beautiful family lots of love and support to get through this battle and strength in the healing process Xx

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Sonja Harreman

Sending love and strength to your beautiful family ❤️ Praying for a speedy and full recovery ❤️ Stay strong Ray!

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Stewart Yates

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Vanessa Adamson

Sending your gorgeous family strength and love. Ray you are an absolute legend.

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Christine Curry

A true gentleman x

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Jack And Ros

THINKING OF YOU ALL WITH MUCH LOVE AND HUGS. HERE ALWAYS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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Janelle Kesarlal

Big big bone crunching hugs to you all xxx

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Margaret💞 Johnson

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Brown Clan

Love, hugs and heaps of support. Stay strong family. 😘

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Anonymous

Praying for the very best outcome for Ray and the strength you all need to get there.

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Scooby Sanson

Sorry to hear the bad news Brianna... all the best to you all... he's a tough bloke and he will beat this. Thinking of you Ray

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Carly Heathwood

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Trenton Ebner

We wanna see Tys shave his head so let's get to $7000 and raise some money for the Leukaemia foundation as well.

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Nikki Ebner

Let's get the $7000 so we can see Tys shave his head too.

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Brianna Page