In August last year, Kirsten Rasmussen had just given birth to her first daughter, Estelle, when she discovered a lump in her breast.
What should have been a heartwarming time for the mother of three turned into heartbreak when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.
As her husband Pete and their children, Will, 6, Tommy, 4, and little Estelle struggled with the news, they were dealt another heartbreaking blow.
Two weeks after Ms. Rasmussen’s last course of radiation, Mr. Rasmussen was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple seizures, only to be told the unthinkable – he had stage 2 brain cancer.
The Hobart man received the tragic news that he had only seven to ten years to live.
“I was in the Royal with a lot of doctors looking at me and asking me if I could see, if I was okay, if I had a headache,” he told the Hobart Mercury.
“The tumor was in such a position that it was inoperable and if it were operated on I could go deaf, unable to speak or be conscious or unconscious.
“The doctor said I would be the definition of a living vegetable.”
Mrs Rasmussen, an early childhood teacher, and Mr Rusmussen, a teacher at St Virgil’s College Junior School, are both incapacitated.
Family and friends decided to set up a GoFundMe page, which received an overwhelming response.
More than $80,000 has already been donated in just one day for the $200,000 goal.
“I’m amazed at the number of people with their names on that list that I don’t even recognize,” Mr Rasmussen told the Mercury.
“Kirsten has already had her own fight and my hair is still longer than hers – support like this means the world, it gives me some comfort for when I go.”
“Eventually my wife is left with three kids and a mortgage, so every dollar really helps,” said Mr. Rasmussen.
While Ms. Rasmussen is in remission and currently cancer-free, she has more surgeries ahead of her.
“I have asked my brother if he can walk my daughter down the aisle,” Mr Rasmussen said.
“We’re so busy with our lives and rushing to work, so when things get really serious, it’s nice to know you have support.”