Alannah along with her amazingly supportive husband Martin are parents to 3 wonderful children; Finn (5), Luca (3) and Phoebe (9months)
After a long battle to purchase the house of their dreams in 2019 they became homeowners and parents for the third time (to a girl FINALLY!) and things were looking good!
In January this year the night of Phoebes christening Alannah had her first seizure. On the 15th of February, Alannah had another seizure and was admitted to hospital for a routine scan where they found a tumor. The tumor was ¼ THE SIZE OF HER BRAIN!
The doctors gave Alannah two options, leave the tumor or go under the knife and attempt to remove this tumor. Alannah decided to go ahead with the awake craniotomy (surgery to her head while she was awake!?! She has two scars to prove it!) to remove the tumor but it was unsuccessful.
Three weeks later she received the phone call with the most devastating diagnosis. Her doctor told her she had been diagnosed with a Grade 4 Cancerous Brain tumor, also know as Glioblastoma Multiforme. This is a very rare incurable cancer and was told she has only a 50% chance of surviving past 2 years.
Typical treatment for this cancer is 30 radiotherapy sessions and 6 months of chemotherapy. Since she has been diagnosed Alannah has undergone 30 radiation treatments and is due to start her second round of chemotherapy tomorrow.
Alannah has suffered multiple seizures since February and can no longer be left alone. Martin has given up work to become a full time care giver to Alannah and raise 3 kids. The money raised will help Alannah fund future treatments to prolong her life. Alannah’s only wish is for more time with her beautiful family. Time to make memories.
Anyone who has been following Alannah’s story on insta through @worth_fighting4 where she has documented her journey to date knows what an amazing, inspiring person she is. You will fall in love with this bubbly positive girl who needs everyone’s prayers and donations no matter how big or small.
All we are asking is that everyone helps raise awareness of Alannah’s fight to #killthabetch. Please share any picture of you wearing a hat and tag two friends (or as many as you wish). 30 seconds work will go along way with helping Alannah raise the vital funds she so desperately needs.
We just want to say thank you for any support given, it really means a lot to Alannah and her family.
Alannah’s story is one that needs to be shared.
- Ursula Clancy
- Tracey Balfe
- Patricia Cregg
- Lorraine Båtés
Organizer and beneficiary
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