Help a RAAFy in the fight for his life

Colorectal Cancer taking a veteran

Since writing the brief for this and today, Brian has taken a serious turn for the worse, and the money being sought now is simply to prevent the bank from foreclosing on their mortgages until after the insurance money for Brian Comes through... This has now become a urgent matter not just so Brian can have dignity in his own home at the most precious of times, but also  to allow Susan to continue to live in the home they made together.

Brian Hunt is well known to many in WA. Especially in the 4WD community where he has been involved as a volunteer and active involvement in the association. Having served an admirable 13 years in the RAAF, he left the service and put the skills he had gained in the RAAF to positive use as a volunteer Ambulance Officer for 6 years.

Brian then moved into civilian working life and had been working in the Oil and Gas industry for over 13 years, but as the industry changed and downgraded new investment, had been moved from pillar to post around the country as one company employed him and then made him redundant. Yet he was always able to find another position quickly.

In late 2018, Brian found a position back in his home state of WA that promised to be long and enduring. Susan, Brian’s wife of 8 years ventured out on her own with a Personal Concierge business. All that changed when, after only working with the new company for 3 months, Brian was suddenly and unexpectedly made redundant on February 6th, 2019.

It happens to us all, but with his wide range of skills Brian was confident he would gain another job quickly. He decided to use the opportunity to take care of a minor procedure he had been putting off because of work. The surgeon though found “a lump” and sent it off for testing.

A barrage of testing ensued. And then came the conversation no one can prepare themselves for.

Brian was diagnosed with Cancer. As anyone who knows someone who has been told that understands, the rest of the words from the surgeon after that tend to fade into a numbing haze the befalls us, and you rely on a support person (in this case Susan) to fully absorb the details the surgeon is explaining.

Brian has Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer which had spread to his liver and lungs. The prognosis is poor without intense Chemotherapy and, despite the intense Chemo since April 2019, still has an undetermined outcome.

Brian thought he had been doing the right thing. Eating healthy and sending back the bowel cancer screening kits which anyone over the age of 50 gets sent every 2 years. Nothing had previously shown up in 4 previous tests.

Brian has not been able to work since the diagnosis and Susan has had to significantly scale back her work to an absolute minimum in order to care for Brian, especially around the immediate time after bouts of Chemotherapy. Being able to stay in your own home immediately after treatment has been shown to alleviate many of the side effects of Chemo and certainly makes a person feel more comfortable.

Anyone who tells you that Cancer treatment in Australia is free or fully covered by Medicare is kidding you. Out of pocket expenses, even with fantastic private health cover, still amount to significant costs. Something very difficult to keep going when you are down to minimal fixed incomes.

Brian and Susan have looked to downsize their home, but with the WA Market being what it is, they are already in negative equity with their current house and are now looking at losing the stability of living there.

Brian and Susan have never asked for help, always being the people to give the help when and wherever needed without asking for anything in return, with Brian serving the country and volunteering for almost half his working life.

Anyone who has spoken to Brian knows he is a humble and modest man. Helping Brian and Susan stay in their home while Brian fights the battle for his life is worth the effort and all monies raised will go to helping them stay in their house during this battle.

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