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Hardworking family dealt a double blow but still hopeful

Kate Bell’s parents Stuart and Louise are both living with life-altering brain tumours.

Stuart was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour in 2016. He is unable work and requires on-going care. Louise was only just diagnosed with a brain tumour last month after suffering multiple seizures. She’s awaiting surgery and can no longer work or drive.

The family is set to move in with Kate’s grandfather so both parents can be cared for. His house requires significant modification to make it safe for Stuart with his mobility issues and both parents with their epilepsy.

Kate joined the Weekend Catch-Up where she told Mark Gibson her younger siblings (aged seven and nine) have a lot more on their plate than normal kids.

“They cope amazingly well with it, said Kate. “As they say, life goes on. We can’t change our situation so we’ve got to live in it.”

Kate says the family has managed financially since her dad was diagnosed due to how hard working he was before he got sick. Her mum’s diagnosis has brought the family to breaking point.

“We’ve never asked for help before. We had people offer to make us go fund me‘s but we weren’t comfortable with that.

“We didn’t feel the need to ask for help because there’s so many other people that need it more quite frankly.

“But now with mum also unable to work and having to move to pop’s house which requires a lot of renovations to make it functional and safe for my parents.”

To donate to the Bell family’s Go Fund Me click HERE

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Harvey Deegan