Blackwater rallies for Lindyl
EVERY penny counts at the moment, with locals pinching their purse strings tight in trying times.
But the communities of Blackwater and Dysart rallied behind one of their own and donated funds, a listening ear and unwavering support for Lindyl Davey as they walked in the Moranbah Relay for Life, raising spirits and more than $17,000 for cancer research.
Lindyl, diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in January and leptomeningeal carcinoma, along with her husband Michael and children Morgan, Darcy and Dempsey, have been humbled by the overflow of love from the communities.
Blackwater's Team Lindyl 2 member Vicky Hamilton said the relay was "absolutely faultless, inspiring and humbling" and with each lap, they thought of their "strong, positive friend Lindyl".
"We had our moments where it was emotional, but it's just amazing how everyone is there for their own reasons," Vicky said.
Lindyl's father Maurice surprised the teams in Moranbah and walked with Dempsey in the survivors' lap, both wearing carer sashes.
"At one point we were forcing people to have a break. Lindyl's little boy Dempsey was so determined," Vicky said.
And the support doesn't end with the final lap.
Vicky said the teams were committed to continue their fundraising efforts and would love to bring the Relay for Life to Blackwater.
"We asked whether or not we could try having one for Blackwater and we've organised free dress days at schools, more money boards and continuous fundraising," Vicky said.
Donna Lawrie, Lindyl's sister, said words "cannot begin to express the love and gratitude" as she thanked the Blackwater and Dysart communities.
"The support for this cause in two weeks has been overwhelming."
Donna said the "double whammy" her sister had been dealt, triple negative breast cancer and leptomeningeal carcinoma, were both rare forms of cancer with few treatment options.