April 2015

Life # 13 - Marnee Millan from Rockhampton


This month, Cricks would like to help a young Rockhampton girl going through a very tough time.


Marnee is 10 years old, and goes to Frenchville School. She has 2 brothers, Rieck and Adam, and 2 sisters, Jess and Lexie. Marnee has been struggling for the last 18 months with respiratory issues. Her mum, Denise, was concerned but was told over and over again that it’s 'just a cold' or a virus that will pass. But she pushed for more tests, which sadly confirmed her worst fears. Marnee was seriously ill.


Marnee has Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, or 'sarcoma', which is a cancer that develops from connective tissues in the body, such as muscles, fat, bones, the linings of joints, or blood vessels.

Since that diagnosis, the family's whole world has been turned upside down. Marnee and her mum were rushed to Brisbane, 700km away from their Rockhampton home, where they will be for at least the next couple of months. Her big brother, Rieck is at home looking after the dogs and house. While Marnee’s 12 year old sister, Lexie, has also temporarily relocated to Brisbane, and will be attending school at the hospital.


They have been thrown into absolute chaos, but are pulling together to do whatever they can to help Marnee get through this.

As you can imagine, there is costs associated with every aspect of their plight. Denise has had to take leave without pay from her job in a nursing home. They are in Brisbane with basic accommodation and no transport. And on top of everything else they are dealing with, there home suffered a lot of damage in Cyclone Marcia.


We would like to help take some of the pressure off Marnee’s family, so they can just focus on helping her to get better.


So, this is what we need...


1. Gift cards / donations towards flights and fuel. 

Travel costs are a placing a huge financial burden on Marnee's family. Contributions towards the cost of flights or fuel would help a great deal.


2. Homecooked meals

With everything Denise is dealing with, cooking is the last thing she needs to worry about. Once they have returned to Rockhampton, having some help with meals would make her life a lot easier. If some of the Cricks team in Rockhampton would be kind enough to cook some meals for them, we can drop them over a few times a week.