A YOUNG Gloucester girl has received a welcome boost in her battle with a rare kidney disorder.
Earlier this year Haylee Mathew was diagnosed with the nephrotic syndrome, a condition which damages the tiny filtering units in a person’s kidneys.
The most obvious symptom of the condition is fluid build-up, which can cause swelling of the ankles, legs, abdomen and face.
Since her diagnosis Haylee’s family has been battling increasingly expensive medical bills while trying to help the youngster live a relatively normal life.
After learning of Haylee’s battle, Julie Ireland contacted Haylee’s mum Jen and asked what she could do to help.
Julie, who is the president of the Mid North Coast Ford Owners Club, offered to donate the proceeds from the club’s annual show ‘n’ shine held at the Chill Out festival.
“Thanks to some amazing support, we were able to raise $2500 for Haylee,” Julie said.
“The club made $2167 from the car show and the club added the remainder.
“We had 92 cars and bikes at the show and we also raffled two cakes, a Holden cake and a Ford cake, and held a barbecue.
“I’d like to thank everyone that supported the show, including the Chill Out organising committee which waived its usual fee for the cars.”
Jen said since the Advocate first told Haylee’s story in July, she had noticed a marked change in her daughter.
“Her self esteem has improved so much. She’s a lot happier walking down the street,” she said.
“We’ve had amazing support from IGA, the Quota ladies and others in the form of donations, and while the donations are nice, the change in people’s reactions to Haylee has been the most noticeable thing.
“It’s made us feel much more comfortable. The community spirit is well and truly alive.”