CHAR­ITY CAR WASH

Com­mu­nity called on to help fundraise

Tweed Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - Ais­ling Bren­nan ais­ling.bren­nan@tweed­dai­lynews.com.au

DE­SPITE un­suc­cess­ful chemo­ther­apy, Caitlin Am­brose is not giv­ing up hope as she bat­tles with Ewing Sar­coma, a rare form of bone cancer.

While only about 50 peo­ple each year are di­ag­nosed with Ewing Sar­coma in Aus­tralia, Ms Am­brose, 21, is in the 13 per cent where the cancer has metas­ta­sised in the soft tis­sue, as op­posed to the bone mar­row.

Af­ter de­fer­ring her nurs­ing and mid­wifery de­gree, Caitlin moved back to Cabarita to be with her fam­ily dur­ing treat­ment.

Now that chemo­ther­apy isn’t work­ing, Caitlin’s friends are call­ing on the com­mu­nity to help raise $130,000 to send her to Hous­ton, Texas for a spe­cial drug trial that specif­i­cally tar­gets Ewing Sar­coma.

“Things turned bad re­ally quick,” Caitlin said.

“We had re­ally good care (at the Royal Bris­bane and Women’s Hos­pi­tal), it’s just the drugs weren’t work­ing the way they should have. I’m ex­cited (to go to Hous­ton) and I think it’s the best op­tion for me, that’s what my gut’s telling me to do.”

Caitlin’s mother Mel­lissa Am­brose said she hoped this unique trial, which uses im­munother­apy treat­ment, would help her daugh­ter.

“This is the only trial that we wanted to ap­ply for be­cause it’s the only one in the world that’s spe­cific to Ewing Sar­coma,” she said.

“We’re just play­ing it day by day. This is their sev­enth group go­ing through on the trial. We know they’ve changed the pro­to­col al­ready and that they’ve had suc­cess. This cancer has not had any im­prove­ment in 25 years. The treat­ment Caitlin was get­ting was the same treat­ment they were giv­ing peo­ple be­fore she was born.”

Caitlin’s friends, with the help of Apex Mur­willum­bah, are host­ing a car wash each

Satur­day in April to help raise money for her treat­ment.

PHOTO: SCOTT POWICK

SUP­PORT: Apex Mur­willum­bah are host­ing a car­wash to raise money for Caitlin Am­brose (far right), di­ag­nosed with Ewing Sar­coma.

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