Kara and Robert “Gummy” Toomey and their boys Rome and Cruze are a beautiful family in need following devastating medical news.
The couple have devoted themselves to running highly-acclaimed youth programs through their gym, Pound for Pound. The innovative sessions combine their two loves – junior rugby league and boxing – and are designed to give hope to Indigenous boys.
Kara works tirelessly alongside Gummy in the empowerment of others.
Sadly, Kara has Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Triple Negative Breast Cancer. She has already endured a lumpectomy, radiation and chemotherapy and had hoped the worst was over allowing her to return with vigour to her vocation.
On Monday, March 5, at 9.40am, time once again stood still. Kara and Gummy were handed crushing news that the cancer had returned. Not only returned; it was inoperable.
“With all conventional cancer treatments ruled out, Kara has pinned her hopes on a trial immunotherapy treatment. The expense and drain of weekly trips from their home in Dubbo to Sydney is mounting. The Youth Programs will have to cease. The future of Pound and Pound is in jeopardy,” according to friend and organiser of an upcoming support dinner, Don Hayden.
“Kara’s concern is, as always, more for others than herself and she is especially worried about the future education of her two sons, Rome and Cruze.”
Don is leading a team of friends and dedicated supporters of the young, generous couple. The Men of League Foundation is joining forces to ensure the quality of life for this young family is maintained as they deal with a rotten set of cards.
“Kara was vehemently opposed to any assistance in her first battle, but this is now a war she can’t win on her own,” Don added, “so we are putting out a call across the community to assist in the best way possible.”
It is indeed a challenging time.
“Kara has been a source of light, a ray of hope and a giver of tomorrows for so many. We ask now with our hearts and arms open wide to her plight that you give anything you have to ease the road to follow for this beautiful and inspiring family,” an emotional Don Hayden said.
“Like Kara, be the change you wish to see in the world and give all you can to be her light, her hope and her chance for a lifetime of tomorrows,” Don asked.
The dinner and fundraising auction will be held on Saturday, May 26, at the Dubbo RSL Club.
If you have any queries or would like to donate or, better still, come along to the Fundraising Dinner, call Don Hayden on 0427 055 099.
As at Tuesday this week, 300 of the 400 tickets had been sold – which is great news.