Family rallies to help Mike battle illness
‘‘We have come to terms with it. It's now just a matter of when.’’
Mike Gall knows he is living on borrowed time but he’s not letting a terminal illness stop him from being one of the most optimistic people around.
Mike has a terminal brain tumour. After two surgeries, one round of radiation therapy and two rounds of chemotherapy, doctors have said there is nothing more they can do to save his life.
In June this year The Chronicle spoke to Mike and Helen, who with the help of their daughter Kirsty, had started a Givealittle page to help fund another round of chemotherapy treatment through a private hospital.
A further six treatments are needed, each one costs $5000. They hope the treatment will shrink the tumour and give Mike more time.
Since the page was started, they haven’t received enough to fund one treatment and they are asking the community for further assistance.
On top of the Givealittle page, Kirsty is hoping to have a fundraising stall at the Twilight Fair in November and is currently looking at other options too.
She welcomes any ideas people might have as fundraising is new for her.
Mike and Helen know the treatment won’t save his life, but if time is what they can have, it’s what they will take.
‘‘We have come to terms with it. It’s now just a matter of when.
‘‘If we can keep him going long enough, then he can do the things he wants to do.
‘‘We have been pretty open with everyone. We know it’s going to happen.
‘‘We are just being realistic. We have had our tears and ‘why me’ at the time we were told.
‘‘He has his moments, I suppose everyone does if they have cancer.’’
Mike is a fighter, he is determined to enjoy each day that comes and they have enjoyed some great moments lately.
Since June, they have welcomed a new grandson to the world, now seven weeks old, he is one of three grandchildren.
They have also been on a trip to New Plymouth and took the two older grandchildren to the snow.
Mike says he would like to head up north in a motor home and see the country.
You can support Mike by donating at givealittle.co.nz/ cause/helpformike
A Givealittle page has been started for Mike Gall, to fund his next round of chemotherapy.