Community pulls together to give hope to baby Luca
PEOPLE are opening up their hearts and their wallets for baby Luca Hurley.
The 16 months old was born with a hole in his heart-one so large that surgeons had to operate on him at the tender age of five weeks following a bout of bronchiolitis that weakened his tiny body.
Complications later led to global brain injury, cerebral palsy and cortical vision damage, a condition where his eyes can see, but his brain cannot register what he sees.
Parents Laura and Tony have got to hell and back, fearing for the beautiful little boy's life.
"But we truly believe he will get better," they said.
"In the meantime, we will let him know he is loved enormously and treasure every moment."
Meanwhile, the community has come to the rescue, with raffles, a comedy night and auctions being held to raise money for Luca's therapy.
A famous footy player has "given the shirt off his back."
Gary Belcher has donated an Australian Rugby League Legends Jumper signed by the greats.
"It's quite a prize," said owner of the Cabarita Beach newsagent, Brent Hayward, who is organising the auction and raffle.
There will be an auction at the comedy night at the Cabarita Beach Bar on November 30 starting at 7.30pm.
Until then, a silent auction will be held for the jumper and you can bid by contacting Brent on 02 6676 1101.
A therapeutic retreat for two nights at the Cabarita Ocean retreat is also up for auction and is valued at $1100.
"There's lots of other great prizes," Brent said.
"The community has been great.
"We want to do everything we can to help little Luca get well.'
Raffle tickets are available at the Cabarita Beach/Bogangar Newsagency with prizes that include two nights at The Beach Cabarita, Aloha Villas, Byron Bay, Grand Mecure, Casuarina and The Hideaway, Cabarita, with many more prizes on offer.
The raffle will be drawn on Friday November 30 at the Beach Bar, Cabarita Beach, at 8.30pm.