Gympie raises $26k for 14-year-old cancer battler
A RECENT fundraiser for Tayla Saunders raised $26,244 for the youngster, who is battling an aggressive form of soft tissue cancer.
Tayla's mother Natalie Saunders said the family had been stunned by the response and was still coming to terms with the result.
"We did not expect anywhere near the amount of money raised," Natalie said.
"It has all been very overwhelming."
Tayla, 14, is still receiving treatment and is on a cocktail of trial drugs.
"But the amount raised means some of Tayla's dreams can now become a reality," Natalie said.
"She now has options."
The family is extremely grateful to the community for its support and in a thank you note said:
"On behalf of the Saunders family, we send our heartfelt thanks to the Gympie community for the support shown during this long journey we are taking with Tayla.
"To all the businesses which kindly donated, to the many volunteers who gave their time, to cancer survivor Tracey Schmidt, Gympie Central teacher aid Micki Bennett, Des and their families, who put in hours upon hours of time sourcing everything needed to make the Tayla Saunders fundraiser, held on Saturday, July 4, at the Civic Centre, the huge success it was.
"Gympie, your generosity will never be forgotten."