A COLAC woman is campaigning to help a former school chum complete her bucket list after receiving a cancer diagnosis giving her months to live.
Jaide Kettle, who graduated from Lorne-Aireys Inlet P-12 College in 2003, stayed in touch with fellow student Amy Pratt through social media platform Facebook after Ms Pratt moved to Queensland.
“She was a few years above me at school, she is such a beautiful person and has a heart of gold,” Mrs Kettle said.
“We lost contact for a few years, but she moved back to Torquay to be close to family when she got the news she had an aggressive brain cancer, probably about a year ago,” she said.
“She’s a single mum of two, in her early 30s and she’s not what she used to be, and she’s had a lot of fluid retention because of the cancer.”
Mrs Kettle said radiation and chemotherapy proved unsuccessful.
“The tumour has kept growing and there is nothing the doctors can do, she hasn’t got the best diagnosis, recently being told she only has three months to live,” she said.
Mrs Kettle said she wanted to help her friend achieve bucket list items, including a trip with her two sons to Monkey Mia,
Western Australia, a Sunshine Coast Getaway with friends, and a flight to Port Lincoln with her father to swim with great white sharks.
Ms Pratt’s friends set up a My Cause web page last month to collect donations under the name “amysbucketlist” to help fund her last requests, with a $20,000 target.
The cause had raised $6220 from 99 donations by April 1.
“I’ve been in touch in with major airlines to get free air travel,” Mrs Kettle said.
“Amy is very humble and very grateful – she doesn’t like to ask for help – it is all about her boys, spending the last few months with them, making lasting memories for them,” she said.