Khobe Cooke is a nine year old Springwood local who loves his Pokémon and to play AFL. Unfortunately a week before his ninth birthday, Khobe was diagnosed with Stage 4 Burkitt ’s lymphoma.
After feeling unwell for a week it was confirmed that there was something serious going on via an ultrasound which detected a large mass in Khobe’s abdomen. Burkitt ’s lymphoma is an extremely fast growing cancer and as such Khobes mass had already intertwined around his internal organs. With issues already with his lungs, kidneys and liver and it was a race against time to get chemotherapy started.
Instead of celebrating his ninth birthday with his mates, Khobe spent the day in hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Unfortunately, he will also be spending at least the next three months there too.
His devoted mum Amanda Coyne, who is a single mum with two other teenage children, has not left his side. She has been sleeping in a small bed by his side, and they have been supporting each other through this horrible period.
Amanda, a teacher’s aide, is known for spending her lunch times with children who might need extra support or love has had to stop work to be by Khobe’s side while he undergoes treatment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
The school, Khobe’s football club and a group of Khobe’s classmates mums have gotten together to raise funds to help the family.
The team have organised an online auction which will take place on the 15th and 16th of this month via the www.facebook.com/kindness4khobe page. You can follow the page to keep up on how Khobe is travelling and also to get in on the fundraising auction.
Some of the auction items include 4 x vouchers from In Force Personal Training to be used for personal training or classes, 1 X voucher from Healing Stone Creations, 1 x Coffee Hamper from Extraction Artisan Coffee, 1 x Family Photo Shoot from Grow Wildly Photography and many more.
One of the organisers for the fundraising said Amanda is completely overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness.
“Khobe has broken down into tears at the sight of the fundraiser growing, and has even said he can’t believe how many people want to support their family.
“It is mind blowing at the amount of support being given, but at the same time – knowing the kind of people that Amanda and Khobe are, and how deserving they are – it is not unexpected”.
Click Here for the auction page to help out Khobe and his family.