Fitness instructor boots up to help Rocky child with cancer
WHEN Natasha Griffin heard about Francesca Beresford's tragic diagnosis of leukaemia at just three years old, she thought of her two sons and knew she had to do something to help.
The Rockhampton personal trainer and owner of Griffin Personal Training is hosting a local boot camp this weekend, with aims to make it the biggest boot camp ever, to raise funds for Frankie, who's family is originally from Rockhampton, after she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of leukaemia called Acute Myeloid Luekemea (AML).
Frankie is receiving daily blood transfusions and may need a bone marrow transplant pending further results.
Local personal trainers and local business owners have teamed up with Natasha to run the charity boot camp Frankie's Fight on Sunday from 6.30am at the CQUniversity rugby fields.
Natasha, 31, said it was important to raise funds for Frankie but also raise awareness about the importance of bone marrow transplants.
"I saw Frankie's Fight through social media and thought running a boot camp would be a great opportunity to spread the word about the bone marrow registry," she said.
"This fundraiser is so important to me because I have two young kids and it breaks my heart to think that could be me and my family in this situation one day so I'm happy to do anything to help this family and it would be great to have the support of the community as well."
Natasha said she was hoping 200 people would turn out for the event in order to raise $2000.
"Funds will go towards ongoing treatment as well as general living expenses as Frankie's parents have had to stop work at the moment," she said.
"We are trying to not only raise much needed funds for the family, but raise some awareness on becoming a bone marrow donor. For just $10 anyone can participate in the boot camp with 100% of the money raised going towards Frankie and her family.
"And there's lots of other things going on on the day to keep everyone entertained including jumping castle, face painting and more. Everything has been generously donated."
How to help Frankie:
Follow Frankie's Fight against AML on Facebook
Register as a bone marrow donor at http://www.abmdr.org.au/abmdr2/
Donate on her Gofundme page Frankie's Journey.
WHEN: Sunday, May 29, 6.30am for a 7am start.
WHERE: Central Queensland University, Bruce Hwy Rockhampton. (Entry also accessible through Norman Rd)
WHAT: Frankie's fight boot camp, jumping castle, face painting, doc mcstuffins, henna tattoos, bambarista coffee van, James Askin djing.