Sick Macarthur boy needs help to give back

Tracey Power with her boys, Brendan and Blake Worboys. Blake set up a fundraising page for his birthday so people could donate to his chosen charity. Picture: Simon Bennett
Tracey Power with her boys, Brendan and Blake Worboys. Blake set up a fundraising page for his birthday so people could donate to his chosen charity. Picture: Simon Bennett

The Macarthur community banded together to give Blake Worboys a party he would never forget last year.

Now the St Helens Park seven-year-old wants to help other kids in his situation.

Two years ago, Blake received a diagnosis that no child should ever have to face.

He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour that ran along his main optic pathway causing him to lose most of his eyesight.

His mum Tracey Power said this year for Blake's birthday they wanted to give back.

The family has asked people to make donations to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in lieu of buying presents for the youngster.

"With Blake's birthday month being July, we wanted to be able to do something to help find a cure for this disease," Ms Power said.

"So we started a fundraiser for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

"There is not much that I can control with Blake's condition, but we can help to make a difference and hopefully find a cure."

The campaign has raised more than $2000 so far.

Ms Power said Blake had taken part in a clinical study which had looked promising in the beginning.

"In September last year we found out that Blake's tumour had reduced in size and we were elated," Ms Power said.

"Then he started having major side effects to the medication he was on and he had to stop taking them.

"Then just a month ago new scans showed that the tumour had grown and travelled further down his optic pathway.

"So we have started medication again but we are potentially in a worse situation than we were two years ago."

Macarthur business owners donated their time, money, items and a party room for Blake to host a birthday party in 2018.

The party came about after Te're Melrose started the Macarthur Kindness Crew Facebook page.

Ms Powers said this year's event would be more low-key.

"I don't know how we could even top last year's to be honest," she said.

"At least he has those memories."

Ms Powers encouraged locals to support Blake's cause.

"More donations and more awareness about this disease would help people going through the same thing," she said.

"More funding is needed to look into alternative treatments."