Fam­ily ral­lies to help Mike bat­tle ill­ness

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

‘‘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.

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