CHRISTIE Lyn Jones would have turned 36 this year
It has been two years since the Woodville mother-of-three died from an aggressive form of lymphoma.
Having suffered the pain of losing her big sister and best friend to the insidious disease, Seaham’s Melissa Rowe has become determined to raise as much money for cancer research as possible.
“Christie was only sick for a period of seven months,” Ms Rowe, 32, said. She gave birth to her third child on the 25th of March in 2013, and then when she was sick and really tired after she gave birth she just put it down to being a mother and having two other kids to run around after.”
By September, Christie could barely get off the lounge. She was soon diagnosed with stage-four T-cell lymphoma “She was pretty sick by that time, and it had spread everywhere,” Ms Rowe said.
“They thought with strong treatment she might be able to get better. In her mind, she had to get better. She had three kids and she wanted to do everything possible to make sure she got better.”
By Christmas, Christie was struggling to walk, and complained of lower back pain and pins and needles. Doctors discovered the cancer had spread to her spine. “The view was that if she didn’t make it, the money we had raised would go towards her kids’ future,” she said.”
“She took a turn for the worse. But she really wanted to make it to her son’s first birthday, which was March 25, and she did. She passed away on March 27, 2014."
The foundation raised close to $57,000 for Christie’s children; Nash, Georgia and Willem. Now Ms Rowe feels it’s time to give back to Lymphoma Australia.
All proceeds from a 1980s-inspired disco cocktail party at Club Maitland City on March 12 will go to Lymphoma Australia.
“Cancer is a horrible thing to go through at any age. If I can donate money to cancer research and it’s going to help someone else not go through what we did, then I am grateful for that.”
"She was in ICU at the Mater for four weeks, and because of the cancer in her spine, she became paralysed.”
Her family began the Christie Lyn Foundation to provide financial assistant for her treatment.
“This will be the foundation’s last big event, as we don’t plan to apply to extend our fundraising certificate.”