Georgia Jade Millwood is doing it tough. She suffers from a rare genetic condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type One.
It is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the nerves and muscles.
Infants with SMA struggle with normal bodily functions and there is a constant risk of respiratory infection and pneumonia. It cannot be cured.
The life expectancy of this condition is about one year and Georgia is 11 months old.
She has recently taken a turn for the worse and it is unlikely she will see her first Christmas.
Georgia’s parents, Jay Millwood and Jade Herbert, now face a deluge of emotional, physical and financial challenges.
Jay’s employer, Dale Stapleton from Bathurst Rewind, has organised a fundraiser to ease some of the financial burdens of the family.
“It was organised for last Friday but because of the wet weather and road closures, we didn’t get the turnout we’d hoped for,” he said.
The raffle has been rescheduled to take place tonight at the Vic Hotel from 8pm.
“There are 35 prizes worth more than $100 each,” Dale said.
“We’re very grateful to the local businesses that have supported Jay and Jade through this tough time.”
A representative from Bathurst Rewinds will be selling raffle tickets in Stockland shopping centre today. Tickets cost $20 each or three for $50.
A trust fund has been set up to help Jay and Jade with their medical bills and to organise a fitting farewell for their “little angel”.
You can donate through any Westpac branch using the BSB 032-814 and account number 380-016.
Jay and Jade would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations: Toys and Tots, Cheekii Kidz Boutique, Giaahn Hair Designs, Janie Lyn’s Hair Design, Woolworths in Stockland Mall, Blowes Menswear, Bunnings, Pee Wee’s Bakery, GT Angus Bar and Grill, Beard Brothers Motorcycles, Big W, Bathurst Rewinds, Wizard Dry Cleaning, Bedwells Feed Barn, the Victoria Hotel, John Matthews and Co Chemist, Bathurst Mowerland, Coles, Repco, EWS, Robinson Toolmakers, Supercheap Auto, Auto One, Brabhams Outdoor Power Centre, The Good Guys, Retravision, Bathurst Work and Country, the Knickerbocker Hotel, Metro Cinemas, Prickly Pear Bar and Restaurant, Chateau Belle Beauty Salon, Macquarie Natural Therapies, Churches Garden Centre, Wavelength Hairdressing, South Bathurst Butcher, Sheer Indulgence, Jenolan Caves, and Orange Flight Centre.