An appeal to help fund cancer treatment for prominent Wathaurong man Norm Stanley has so far raised over $30,000.
The renowned musician and artist’s wife Nikki last week announced the father of five had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, within months of the pairs wedding day.
A GoFundMe appeal has been setup to help Mr Stanley with his cancer treatment and surgery, with supporters pointing out that he and his partner are each self-employed and won’t be working while they manage the crisis.
“We are asking anyone who knows this beautiful family to rally together, and support them financially for their present situation and for their future,” appeal organiser Danni Yudelman said.
“Norm has touched the lives of so many people, offering his culture and wisdom on country, painting his experience through art and storytelling.
“He is one of the most genuine, compassionate and caring humans, and anyone who has spent time listening and learning can attest so this.”
Mr Stanley said the the diagnosis came two days before Christmas when he was waiting for scans on a suspected kidney stone.
“Just a few hours later everything changed,” he said via a post on social media.
“I’ve been through all the emotions over the last few weeks, even found emotions I didn’t know existed,” he said.
“Every day is different and I don’t know what it will bring but I will meet each morning head on and see where it takes us.”
Mr Stanley thanked the community for its “overwhelming” generosity.
“Each and every one of you in our community of Wadawurrung Country, friends, family and friends I have not met before for your love and support…I am so grateful for being in your thoughts.”
To assist visit the appeal site here.