Shock leukaemia diagnosis closed our business

The Holt family
Damien Holt’s shock leukaemia diagnosis came the day after a routine blood test in January this year. Within the hour Damien and his wife Pamela had left their home on the Sunshine Coast and were in a Brisbane hospital, facing months of chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

“When we came to Brisbane we had to close down our business and our income stopped,” Pamela said.

“With two 15-year-old boys and two toddlers aged 3 and 18 months, finding somewhere to stay where we would be together was going to be incredibly expensive. Suddenly our future seemed very uncertain.

“We just wanted Damien to get well, but there were still practical matters like accommodation, schooling and bills that had to be dealt with.”

With their minds still spinning from his diagnosis, Damien and Pamela were relieved to receive a phone call from the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland offering them free accommodation for their family of six while Damien underwent treatment.

“You can’t imagine the sheer relief when we walked into our lovely unit at the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s ESA Village,” Pamela said.

“It was filled with everything to make a long stay comfortable, and knowing that we could all stay there for free until Damien could go home was amazing.

“From the comfortable beds to the soft towels and the well equipped kitchen, the unit provided a safe haven where our family could be together.”

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is currently overwhelmed with demand for accommodation. That’s why the Holt family are supporting our new Project:home appeal, which is furnishing more than a dozen new units and creating a home-away-from-home for even more patients and their families.

“Please donate to make sure the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s 14 new units are filled with all the things that make a house a home for families just like ours,” Pamela added.

The Holt family’s story appears in December’s issue of The Carer, our free publication for people affected by blood cancer and those helping to beat it. Download or subscribe to The Carer today.

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