The Camden Haven community is being urged to rally behind a local family who have received some devastating news.
Six weeks ago Erica Walker, who is a registered nurse at a local GP practice, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
She underwent surgery in Sydney on November 6 to have some of the tumor removed and has now returned to Port Macquarie where she will commence rehabilitation, radiation and chemotherapy.
Erica’s friend Emma Dykes is organising a fundraising event which includes a benefit concert, auction and raffles to support the Walker family.
Up until six weeks ago Erica was working full time and taking care of patients, as well as being a very busy mum and community member.
Unfortunately the tumor has impacted Erica’s movement. She has lost the ability to use her left arm and is no longer independent.
“Erica has been told there is a very real possibility that her movement may get worse, as a side effect of the treatment,” Emma said.
Erica and her husband Mick, who is a local police sergeant in Laurieton, have three children who live at home - Jack, Tom and Matilda.
Erica has been told there is a very real possibility that her movement may get worse, as a side effect of the treatment.Emma Dykes
Mick has been unwell with Lyme Disease for the last 10 years and during this time Mick said Ric has worked tirelessly to support him and the family.
The couple bought a farm about 10 years ago and had planned to renovate the old farm house in which they live.
"Unfortunately this has not been able to happen for them yet and their son Jack says it is something his parents have talked about doing for years,” Emma said.
“We are concerned about Erica’s mobility when she returns home and would love to get some help getting the house wheelchair friendly so they can concentrate on healing.”
Emma is urging the community to help finance Erica’s treatment and to assist with house renovations.
“There will be a benefit concert held in the Camden Haven on January 12 with auctions and raffles, as well as some other events being organised in the community” she said.
“We appreciate any support offered in the way of donations of time, money, materials, skills and anything that we can auction or raffle.
“Let's do what we do best as a community and pull off something amazing for this family who are very much loved and valued in our town.”
If people are willing to donate you can deposit into Holiday Coast Credit Union account ‘Rally for Ric’. BSB is 721 000 and the account number is 100200957
Or for tax deductible donations visit https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=1229&ReturnTo=4