Indignation as Centrelink REFUSES to offer benefits to the struggling mother, 26, who was forced to quit her job to care for her cancer-stricken three-year-old son
- Madison Sullivan resigned when her young son was diagnosed with cancer
- Lukas, 3, has stage 4 neuroblastoma – an aggressive and rare cancer in children
- The little boy is treated all year round at the Sydney Children & # 39; s Hospital
- His mother submitted Centrelink to cover payments, but that was rejected
A young mother who was forced to quit her job to take care of her cancer-affected son does not benefit from Centrelink.
Madison Sullivan, 26, worked as a midwife until her three-year-old son Lukas was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in July – an aggressive and rare cancer.
The little boy is being treated all year round at the Sydney Children & # 39; s Hospital and needs care around the clock, his mother says.
Despite her son's health problems, Sullivan's request to Centrelink to receive cover payments of $ 641 every two weeks was rejected.
Lukas (photo) is treated throughout the year at Sydney Children & # 39; s Hospital and needs care around the clock
According to Centrelink, the care does not meet the care required to receive the payment.
& # 39; It's very disturbing, & # 39; said Lukas & father Mitch 7 News.
& # 39; You would think they are there to help you in times of need. & # 39;
The sudden illness of Lukas was a shock to his family. Mrs. Sullivan immediately stopped working.
& # 39; It felt like my world had stopped and it has never been the same ever since. & # 39;
Lukas was the life of the party until he was admitted to Campbelltown Hospital in July with suspected appendicitis.
After a day of testing, the heartbreaking diagnosis was made.
He had to start immediately with an aggressive treatment with chemotherapy and radiation.
Madison Sullivan, 26, worked as a midwife until her three-year-old son Lukas (both pictures) was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma – an aggressive and rare childhood cancer – in July
This week the three-year-old has his adrenal gland removed, followed by a bone marrow transplant.
Mrs. Sullivan's family started with Gofundme page to help with family finances.
& # 39; This is free time that Madison and Mitchell clearly did not intend to read & # 39 ;, read the page.
& # 39; Madison is a midwifery graduate and has dedicated her life to helping small babies & mothers.
& # 39; Now is our time to help Madison be there for her baby when he needs her the most. & # 39;
Hank Jongen, general manager of the Human Services department, said they are working with the Sullivan family to ensure that they receive the right support for which they are eligible.
What is stage 4 neuroblastoma?
Neuroblastoma is a cancer that consists of cells found in the body's nervous tissues.
These cells are called neuroblasts, and they are early nerve cells that are usually found in the adrenal glands (near the kidneys) and along the tissues around the spinal cord in the neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
Many neuroblastomas start in the adrenal glands.
Neuroblastoma is most common in infants and children younger than 5 years and rarely in children older than 10 years. Neuroblastoma is very rare in adults.
Phase 4 – the tumor has spread to other parts of the body such as distant lymph nodes, liver, bones or bone marrow or the skin.
Source: Cancer Australia
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