THE Leongatha community has rallied behind one of its own in a remarkable fundraising effort for Matt Fisher who was diagnosed with stage four cancer, with tumours in his brain, lungs and stomach at the beginning of June.
Close friend Carly Roughead and her fiancé Geoff Barlow set up a GoFundMe page on June 8 and within 24 hours it had raised $5000.
“It’s incredible,” Carly said.
“I know the family is going through some challenges so I thought we can take some pressure off in a way of helping Matt tick off some things he wants to do.
Carly and Geoff consider Matt and his wife Kelly more like family than friends.
Originally Matt and Kelly thought a couple of hundred dollars would be fantastic to allow them to enjoy a weekend away with their kids.
But a week on and the fundraiser has reached more than $6000.
“I was over the moon about it,” Matt said.
“Matt has always been a humble man and thought that not that many people cared about him, but you can clearly tell so many people do care,” Kelly said.
Matt begins treatment next Monday but hopes to take a week-long trip to Kangaroo Island when his treatment finishes.
“I’ve always wanted to be on an island,” Matt said.
Other ideas include a hot lap in a V8 Supercar, taking a charter boat out to catch a marlin and weekend trips with the family.
Matt and Kelly, along with their kids Jack, Bridie, Aliesha and Jake are extremely thankful to the community and everyone who has donated, and to Carly and Geoff for setting up the GoFundMe page.
“We can’t say thank you enough to the whole community for getting behind this, for their donations and the many other offers we have received for help, such as someone offering to do their gardens for them, people offering to cook meals for the family, because it has gone above and beyond what we ever expected,” Carly said.
Matt also thanked Dr Casson from the Foster Medical Centre and the team at the Alfred Hospital for their amazing work and for his family’s ongoing support.
To donate, head to gofundme.com/f/ticking-off-matts-bucket-list-one-by-one.