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Long Lunch Organised After Cairns Woman Gets Terminal Diagnosis


Lisa Griffiths.  Image Credit: GoFundMe

UPDATE | A 'Long Lunch for Lisa' has been organised, after Cairns woman Lisa Griffiths was told she had terminal cancer.  

On Friday the team at Piccolo Cucina will be dishing up a three course meal along with an afternoon of wine, with all profits going toward the current fundraiser '150k for life'.

Tickets now available https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lunch-for-lisa-150k-for-life-campaign-tickets-78911579659

EARLIER | Cairns woman Lisa Griffiths has received the worst news possible after first being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 22.  

Now 26, she has been told that her diagnosis is terminal.  

But her partner and friends are rallying around her in the hope that a cure can be found.

The idea is to raise $150,000 to get her to Mexico where she will undergo a potentially life saving treatment.

As the face of the recent Relay for Life Campaign, it is an ironic position Lisa has found herself in and a deeply sad one for her and those closest to her.

But Lisa and her close-knit support network are remaining optimistic that she will be able to get to Mexico.

Lisa has been given months to live, with medical experts sayinng the cancer has spread substantially and aggressively throughout her lungs and skull.

Friend Megs Whiteside created the GoFundMe page, saying "Never once has she ever complained or looked for sympathy even when she was devastatingly faced with loss of eyesight, had her driver's licence suspended, suffered memory loss, learned to walk again, suffered difficulty with speech and cognitive functions, to only name a few".

"She hid all this from the world with the people only closest to her knowing what she was dealing with. Through every grim diagnosis and only weeks after each surgery she turned up to work every day personality with a positive attitude, always looking to make others smile. This is why it is now time for the community to get behind Lisa and help save her life" she said.  

Lisa’s Timeline of events:

Diagnosed July 2015 – Brain Cancer

Brain Operation - July 2015

Radiation - September 2015

Chemo - September 2015 to May 2016

Cancer Relapse – December 2016

Brain Operation - December 2016

Cancer Relapse - September 2018

Brain Operation - September 2018

Radiation - September 2018

Cancer spread to Lungs – July 2019

New treatment commenced – August 2019 (unsuccessful)

Cancer spread to Skull – October 2019

7 x Lung tumours continue to grow despite treatment– October 2019

Terminal Diagnosis – October 2019

So far more than $75,000 of the $150,000 target has been reached.  To help Lisa click here.  

By Michelle Price