Locals give Lisa hope of recovery

Lisa Young-Corkill with her daughters Tantoo and Tiger-Lilly. Thanks to donations from the Lismore and Nambucca communities Lisa is now undergoing treatment for a mystery illness that has left her house bound.

Her journey is far from over, but thanks to friends, family and strangers who opened their hearts and their wallets, South Lismores Lisa Young-Corkill may soon be able to experience the simple joy of picking up her daughter for a cuddle.

Lisa has been gradually losing the use of her limbs ever since the birth of her third daughter Tiger-Lilly three years ago, when complications led to a caesarian, and thus an epidural and a spinal block. No specialist was able to diagnose or treat the mystery illness, leaving her house bound and unable to do the simplest of things, such as chopping up food or playing with her children.

Only one practitioner in Cairns believed there was hope, and thanks to the Lismore and Nambucca communities, who together raised $5000 through a raffle, she is now up north undergoing her first treatment.

The only catch is she needs ongoing treatment, and therefore more money.

Its crucial the treatment continues this is Lisas best hope and it may take some time before we know if her body is responding, said close friend Xiola Nolan. I was overwhelmed by the support we got, particularly considering so many people were affected by the hailstorm, and it has really lifted Lisa and her familys spirits. Even people who havent been able to contribute in a dollar value have contributed with kindness, such as the Toy Library, who offered Tiger-Lilly a years free membership.

If people havent already purchased a ticket in the raffle there is still time. The raffle features an incredible $3,500 prize and will be drawn on January 1.

Tickets are available from Caddies Coffee Shop and the South Lismore Post Office. Alternatively, donations can be made directly into The Helping Lisa Fund at the ANZ Bank branch at Lismore Shopping Square.


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