A TERMINALLY ill Warracknabeal five-year-old will have the time of his life on a family holiday, after the community rallied to raise more than $10,000.
Linc Munro’s favourite superhero is Batman and he loves ten pin bowling. He likes the colour green, apples and popcorn, playing with dinosaurs and trains, watching movies with his family, and chocolate milkshakes.
But when he started school at Warracknabeal Primary School this year, unlike other new prep students, the “cheeky” little boy was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, or a Central Nervous System tumour on his brain.
Last week, doctors at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne delivered what Linc’s mother Brooke Holland described as “a massive blow”. Her son has just two to three months to live.
In a Facebook post, posted to the Love4Linc Facebook page on Monday, he single mum wrote that radiation was unsuccessful in the treatment of Linc’s tumour.
“This means chemotherapy will not go ahead,” she wrote. “We are now home to live and enjoy as much (time) as possible with our family and friends.”
Love4Linc committee treasurer Teagan Roche said Linc was diagnosed in February and the Love4Linc Facebook page was set up not long after to provide support for the family.
Mrs Roche said Linc had an eight-hour operation shortly after diagnosis to remove the tumour, and the family had “a lot of ups and downs” between diagnosis and the beginning of six weeks of radiation on March 16.
“Linc has been sick, lost his hair and missed time with his family and friends, and still his eyes light up when he smiles,” she said.
Linc and his family were able to return home to Warracknabeal for a month, and last week travelled to Melbourne for an MRI, only to receive the devastating news.
Mrs Roche said Linc, his sisters Mahlie, 7, and Imogen, 14, along with his mother would now focus on making the most of the time they had left together, beginning with a family holiday in Queensland this month.
“Our fundraising target was for 100 people to donate $100 each, so Linc and his family could have a holiday together,” she said.
“We’ve well and truly hit our target, but we’re now looking to further down the track and we still would love any donation great or small to help with any other cost that will be involved.”
Mrs Roche thanked the community for heeding the call to “Be Linc’s Batman”.
“There have been strangers donating loads of money,” she said. “Brooke is just overwhelmed with the support and as a committee we are just amazed.”
The committee will host an ‘Every Moment Matters’ community event at Warracknabeal Racecourse on July 15.
To donate to Love4Linc, visit your nearest Commonwealth Bank branch, or donate online to love4linc, BSB: 063 544, Account: 1013 9505.