Sup­port­ive step­son

Bat­tling can­cer with the love of fam­ily all around

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen [email protected]­news.com.au

JY LARK­MAN has de­scribed his step­fa­ther Mark Rogers as his idol and con­fi­dant.

So when Mr Rogers was di­ag­nosed with oe­sophageal can­cer in July, he knew he wanted to do all he could to help.

With Mr Rogers a full­time con­creter and Jy’s mother Anna Kurtz Rogers a wildlife ranger, the pair had to stop work to fo­cus on Mr Rogers’ bat­tle with can­cer.

“It’s af­fected their lives mas­sively. He was work­ing six days a week. To go from that to not be­ing able to even

get out of bed is tak­ing a toll on him,” Mr Lark­man said.

“Mum’s had to take long ser­vice leave un­paid of her job and they’re re­ceiv­ing Cen­tre­link, oth­er­wise they’d have no in­come at all.”

The step­son de­cided to set up a GoFundMe page with the aim of rais­ing $8000 for shav­ing off his long locks.

“The page was to get them a bit of help. They still have bills and the world keeps on go­ing around,” he said.

“I shaved my hair about a month ago. I just didn’t want him to feel left out or dif­fer­ent from ev­ery­one else.

“They were a bit shocked at first.

“He got di­ag­nosed in July 2018. It’s been a pretty rough jour­ney for him so far, as it is with chemo.

“I’ve known him from a long time, and he got through his surgery.”

Mr Rogers un­der­went surgery in Novem­ber, which proved suc­cess­ful.

“He came out all right af­ter surgery. They did find a blood clot in the back of his throat, but they drained it and it went away,” Mr Lark­man said.

The fam­ily lived in Caloun­dra for quite some time be­fore Mr Rogers and Ms Kurtz Rogers re­lo­cated to Vic­to­ria.

Mr Lark­man still calls the Coast home.

Just $1060 has been raised, but the page is still there for any­one who would like to do­nate. Seach for ‘Jy Lark­man’ on gofundme.com.

❝ It’s been a pretty rough jour­ney for him so far ... — Jy Lark­man

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAM­ILY NET­WORK: Mark Rogers, Anna Kurtz Rogers, Jesse Rogers, Trent Lark­man, Brooke Lark­man and Jy Lark­man.

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