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Bubble Trouble

Closed Cause page created in the Kiwi Kids category by Rowena Baines for Liam and Julie Baines

$100,039 of $100,000 goal
Given by 1683 generous donors in 8 weeks

Newborn baby Arlo is about to lose his 26 year old mother Julie to terminal cancer in under two weeks. Help give him the best start to life.

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Not everyone has an easy bubble to live in during this pandemic.

Julie (26 years, two-times-cancer-surviver) miraculously fell pregnant naturally to her husband Liam (26 years, who lives with Lupus, an auto-immune disease) after both of them had undergone chemotherapy and Julie had had radiation, so this baby is a total miracle.

Tragically when Julie was three months pregnant she was re-diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma - an aggressive bone cancer. In mid September Julie was hospitalised and the neurosurgeon removed the majority of the tumour but had to leave some as it was tangled within the spinal cord which left her in a wheelchair.

The doctors delivered little baby Arlo very early at 27 weeks (weighing 2 pounds), so that Julie could start chemotherapy, which meant his first four months of life were spent in NICU.

He was born perfectly healthy and breathing on his own (what a fighter!) but needed a lot of support.

Sadly Julie's terminal cancer then spread to the brain and the tumours recently doubled in size, meaning that treatment stopped and Julie was transferred to palliative care near the end of level 4 lockdown.

Just last week the new family was reunited, as her husband Liam and son Arlo were not allowed into hospital to be with Julie due to the Covid 19 restrictions. They are currently all together in their bubble.

Despite the fact that baby Arlo's mamma has been given less than a fortnight to live, the little family plan to move into their new wheelchair accessible property together on 6th May that was bought in preparation for Arlo's release from hospital with the help of relatives.

This fund is to help give baby Arlo the best possible start in life and provide financial support for this amazing young family as they face the changes and challenges that lie ahead.

Let's give Julie some peace of mind that we have wrapped a cloak of financial support around little Arlo and his dad Liam, as he embarks on the journey of fatherhood being a stay-at-home dad.

Rowena Baines' involvement (page creator)

I am Liam's aunty and baby Arlo's great aunty (scary but true). Beautiful Julie is part of our family.

Use of funds

This fund is to help give baby Arlo the best possible start in life and provide financial support for this amazing young family as they face the changes and challenges that lie ahead.

Latest update

A message from Liam as this fund comes to a close  25 June 2020

Posted by: Rowena Baines

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed, we tried to keep up with everyone’s messages but there ended up being too many to read them all - but I’ll slowly work my way through.

Your generosity means the world to me, and it’s put us in a secure position where I can get the support I need to raise him as well as I can. It has removed a massive stress from my shoulders in this awful, impossible time. I look forward to one day showing him this page with the thousands of comments. Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity to teach him how kind strangers can be.

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Latest donations

Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 26 Jun 2020
Jess Gurney
Jess Gurney on 19 Jun 2020
Liam you and Arlo are often in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you guys
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 17 Jun 2020
David and Joanne
David and Joanne on 16 Jun 2020
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mattie on 15 Jun 2020

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Rowena Baines's avatar
Created by Rowena Baines
Liam and Julie Baines's avatar
Paying to a verified bank account of Liam and Julie Baines

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