An Australian man whose sister tragically died just months ago is now in a fight for his own life.
Daniel Byron, who lives in western Sydney with his wife Mel and 13-year-old daughter Makayla, was shocked when his older sibling Megan, 42, had a heart attack in her sleep in October.
In the wake of her death, the grieving man and his family applied to adopt Megan’s 12-year-old daughter Tiana and move her into their home.
However, it was not long after when the 40-year-old dad began suffering from headaches and blurred vision, his friend Jarrod Muggleton told Yahoo News Australia.
When the avid racer began to lose his peripheral vision in his left eye, Mr Byron went to the doctor and underwent an MRI.
In late November, the 40-year-old was delivered the devastating news he has an incurable Stage 4 Gliomablastoma – a rare and aggressive brain cancer.
The MRI scan found a tumour on the right side of the brain which was pushing on his optic nerve.
“While most people were gearing up for Christmas, Daniel was preparing for the biggest fight of his life,” Mr Muggleton said in a GoFundMe he created to help out the family financially.
A surgeon was able to remove the tumour but because the kind of cancer can grow like a spider-web in the brain, it is possible it will grow back.
“They’re confident they got it all but it could show up again if minute traces have moved into parts of his brain they couldn’t see,” Mr Muggleton told Yahoo News Australia.
Mr Byron began a six-week course of chemotherapy and radiation treatment on December 21.
Despite being told his vision won’t recover and he won’t be able to race again, the dad is “determined to survive this form of cancer and live for another 30 plus years,” his mate said.
Mr Byron and Mel have since been approved to adopt Tiana, but are struggling to make ends meet since the 40-year-old is unable to work due to his treatment.
“The family is left to live off Mel’s income and their family savings. His incoming medical bills are going to be extremely costly on top of the everyday bills that it takes to provide for a family of four,” Mr Muggleton said.
“This is on top of the massive emotional and physical toll that the family is going through during this time.”
Mr Muggleton said the family are extremely grateful for all the help from their local community and the racing community.
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