Mitchell Luders, 12, in 2014.
Mitchell Luders, 12, in 2014. Brenda Strong

Home and Leisure Expo supports battling local families

A ROCKHAMPTON event has added more than $3000 to the appeal for Abi Wilkinson and her family.

The Wilkinson Family Dyno Day and Car Show raised $3038 for the Gladstone family.

And a raffle held at Many Peaks Hotel has contributed $900 to the cause.

The funding pool will grow even more thanks to the 2014 Gladstone Observer Home and Leisure Expo on Sunday.

Gold-coin donations from the event will be shared between the Dig Deep for Abi campaign and a fundraising drive for Mitchell Luders, who has cancer.

The Wilkinson family is currently in Brisbane, keeping a bedside vigil for three-year-old Abi.

Abi is a quadreplegic and breathing through a tracheotomy after a head-on collision in Logan on April 4.

Mum Tanya Wilkinson said she was thankful for the community's support.

"We are a quiet country family who thought we were alone, and here's central Queesnland right behind us every step of the way," she said.

"Nothing will ever be enough to thank you but thank you is all we have."

The Luders are battling their toughest challenge yet after 12-year-old Mitchell relapsed for the fourth time in his long battle with cancer.

On a Facebook page titled Mitchell's Journey, the community receives regular updates from the family regarding the young man's condition.

"We have received confirmation that Mitchell's cancer has grown back at the original tumour site," the family wrote on the site yesterday.

"We are trying to remain positive that we still have some treatment options."

The Dig Deep for Abi campaign has raised more than $20,000.

The Home and Leisure Expo will be held at Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre from 10am-3pm on Sunday.



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