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Community rallies for Sharlese

Sharlese with son Luka-Paul Cunniffe-Tait. Photo: Supplied.

A young mum battling bowel cancer has been told the deadly disease has spread even further.

Sharlese Turnbull-Tait, 34, from Blenheim has stage 4 bowel cancer which spread to her lungs.

Now doctors have discovered a new tumour and Sharlese faces further radiation treatment to ease the pain.

Her family hoped to raise enough money for an alternative treatment but now need funds to help with medical bills and costs.

They have organised a rally in a bid to raise money and hope people will support them.

“She cannot accept alternative treatment because she has a very unique type of mutated metastatic cancer.

“A tumour has returned in her surgery site which is causing her pain but she’s heading down to Christchurch to get some radiation treatment for 10 days so she can be a bit more comfortable.

“The Rally to raise some money to pay for her medical bills, prescriptions and hopefully a holiday,” Kelsie says.

Mainly confined to her bed, Sharlese is being cared for at home by her family who are also looking after her children, Luka-Paul Cunniffe-Tait,10, and Ellazae Cunniffe-Tait, 3.

“The family have all cut work hours to help with the kids and caring for her.

“Mum will be her primary caregiver but unfortunately she has to work also during that time which is pretty tough on her emotionally and definitely financially,” Kelsie says.

Rally for Hope will be held on 4 April taking drivers from Blenheim to Lake Rotoiti.  A car and bike show will be held first at Waterlea Racecourse.

The show will be open to the public between 9 and 11am. There will be a cash raffle too.

To register a vehicle for the display or rally text 0212581213 with your full name and licence plate number or visit the Rally for Hope Facebook page.

Donations can be made by searching the Givealittle website and searching ‘Sharlese’.

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