Family continues to raise awareness
ABOUT 2.3million people watched the 60 Minutes program on June 2, where Whitsunday residents Michelle Flynn and Colin Boucher told the story of their eight-yearold son Lincoln’s horrific death from the rabies-like Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABLV).
During the program, it was revealed that Lincoln, whose family lived and worked at the Long Island Resort, was believed to have been scratched by a bat on the tennis courts late last year.
Since going public with their tale, Ms Flynn and Mr Boucher have worked tirelessly to establish a foundation that will raise awareness of the disease and prevent other families from suffering the same fate.
In the past nine weeks the Lincoln Lyssavirus Foundation has been officially registered and a logo and website created. The family have also set up a group Facebook page, which is already believed to be saving lives.
“I just couldn’t sit by and let this happen again,” Ms Flynn said.
“This whole situation was quite preventable with providing simple information and awareness of bat scratches or bites to children and the wider community,” she said.
“So through Lincoln’s darkness we will shine the bright torch for him in creating the Lincoln Lyssavirus Foundation to promote awareness. With [public] help and support, I’m sure within the next five years ask a school-age child what ABLV is and they will know.”
While setting up a foundation in such a short amount of time is a great achievement, it has also taken a financial toll. Lincoln’s parents no longer live or work on Long Island and although 60 Minutes paid $10k for their story “that doesn’t even cover the first part of the foundation,” Ms Flynn said.
Whitsunday residents will now have a chance to support Lincoln’s family at a fundraiser to be held at Deja Vu restaurant on Sunday, September 1.
The Lincoln Long Lunch, featuring Elvis impersonator Mark Andrew will start at 12.30pm. Tickets cost $60 and are available from the venue.
For more information visit www.lincolnlyssavirusfoundation.com.au.
RAISING AWARENESS: Michelle Flynn and Colin Boucher have established the Lincoln Lyssavirus Foundation to raise awareness of the rabies-like Australian Bat Lyssavirus disease, which claimed the life of their eight-year-old son Lincoln in February this year.