Wrapped in love
When Mt Druitt teenager Cassidy Hawke fell seriously ill, she didn’t expect such unwaivering support from her workmates.
WHEN Cassidy Hawke was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia her Red Rooster Mt Druitt workmates added “love and support” to their weekly roster.
They raised money to assist the Mt Druitt 19-year-old (pictured) and her family, and donated blood to help all cancer sufferers.
Store manager Shania Giles, 19, set up a GoFundMe page to supplement Cassidy’s loss of income while she underwent treatment.
The fund has raised $1815 so far, including several hundred dollars from the restaurant’s owners.
When colleagues could not spare money they donated blood and took turns driving Cassidy to and from doctors’ appointments.
The staff has even covered her shifts and promised her job as soon as she is strong enough to work again.
Cassidy started chemotherapy midyear, after she was diagnosed with the aggressive blood cancer.
Her manager immediately started fundraising.
“We thought when she was diagnosed she was going to need a lot of time off work; we just wanted to make things easier for her, if we could,” Ms Giles said.
Cassidy, who is in remission, said she was overwhelmed by the support. “I don’t know how to repay them,” she said.
Cassidy’s mother Kathrina Mathis said: “It’s absolutely amazing. Without Shania, and all their support, I don’t know what we would’ve done.”
Cassidy Hawke with her boss and good friend Shania Giles.