7-year-old is trying to raise $100,000 for her cancer-stricken dad’s treatment by selling hand-painted tea towels


Luna is hoping to make enough money to save her daddy’s life, by selling hand-painted tea towels online.

One daughter is doing everything she can to raise money for her father, who is suffering from cancer. According to Daily Mail, 7-year-old Luna from Australia is selling tea towels online to make money for her father, Diego Wernicke’s life-saving cancer treatment in Sydney. 

Source: GoFund Me page

Wernicke’s life turned upside down after he suffered a seizure in front of his eldest kids, Luna and Mili outside their home in the Gold Coast in March 2019. Immediately, the young girls alerted their neighbors. Soon, the father of four was taken to the hospital. The events that followed were unexpected. 

The man was diagnosed with stage three brain cancer. However, the doctors refused to operate on the tumor due to the risk involved. With no hopes in their local area, Wernick’s wife Hayley Allen knew renowned brain surgeon, Charlie Teo was their only best bet.

“Charlie Teo believes he can get 99 percent of the tumor out. They can never give you a definitive answer, but the operation would potentially add years and years on to his life, compared to the 12 months or so he has now,” said Hayley. 

However, Dr. Teo must be invited to Queensland by a public hospital to do the surgery and that has not happened in the last 35 years. 

So the family requested local doctors for their letters and recommendations to fly the doctor across the border. Despite their best efforts, the family was left disappointed.

“All the public hospitals say there’s nothing they can do, so we need to get him to Sydney so I can tell my kids I tried everything to keep their dad alive,” said Hayley, according to Daily Mail.

But Hayley and the kids were unwilling to give up. They started fundraising to fly Wernicke to Sydney. The GoFund Me page created by the family has managed to raise $78,529. They aim to raise a maximum of $150,000. 

Wernicke’s condition was heartbreaking to his children, especially Luna. She was not ready to let her father go. “I don’t want Daddy to die,” said the young girl. Luna was determined. She began auctioning painted tea towels on Instagram to help her father fly to Sydney. “I can’t do much but I love painting so want to help dad get better. I hope they like them,” stated her Instagram page. 

The little girl’s efforts were supported by many. Some of the highest bidders have donated about $130 for one painting. She managed to contribute $600 to her father’s funds. Meanwhile, the family is also faced with the financial difficulties of their daily expenses. 

“It has been hard because Diego hasn’t been able to work since he got sick, and he can’t drive so I have to take the kids to school and take him to appointments,” said the mother of four. She continued, “At the beginning of this year we had no money and dropped the amount of cannabis oil we were giving him, then he had more growth, all the while I was about to have our little boy.”

With too much on her plate, Hayley admitted it was a bit “overwhelming” at times. “..my brain starts ticking over and it becomes very overwhelming, so I’m very active and try to stay focused on what I’m doing,” said the mother of four.

On the GoFund Me page, Hayley told the public that they were able to consult the doctor through video calls. She added, “I can’t sit back and not try. I need to tell the kids I tried everything. We need him here. As awful as I feel to be another person asking for lifesaving treatment, I know I have to try. This means life or death, our babies deserve this~ for me to give my all to stop and ask anyone that can to help, share our story, donate anything and all helps.”

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