Wrapped in love

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

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.”

Pic­ture: David Swift

Cas­sidy Hawke with her boss and good friend Sha­nia Giles.

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