United front to help brave Mitch
MITCH Cavanagh spent his 12th birthday confined to a bed in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital.
But Tweed firefighters, police and ambulance officers did everything they could to make the day more enjoyable.
The combined emergency services held a fundraising evening on Friday night for Mitch, who suffers from a rare neurological disorder which affects his muscle movement.
The money will help Mitch’s family, including dad Steve, a Tweed Heads firefighter, who has spent the past six months in Sydney.
“When Mitch’s hip started hurting in April they thought it was a football injury,” Mr Cavanagh said.
After months of tests, doctors still had no answers and Mitch had to be hospitalised for pain control.
“Finally the doctor diagnosed Mitch with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD),” Mr Cavanagh said.
“It affects Mitch’s entire left leg and hip and has also spread to his right shoulder and arm.
“He has not walked or used his arm for five months.”
Mitch, who previously enjoyed playing football, surfing and riding his motorbike, is bed-bound.
The brave 12-year-old receives two daily sessions with a physio and spends time with a psychologist to help him through.
“There is no cure for this debilitating and insidious disease,” Mr Cavanagh said.
“Mitch lives in a world of pain that is beyond our comprehension.”
Through generous donations and support, Friday night’s event raised $12,500 to help the Cavanagh family.
“There’s still money to come in,” Tweed Heads Fire Station commander Chris Perrin said.
The event was made possible through the help of a number of businesses, including North Real Estate, the Shaping Co, Fox Wetsuits and Cossy’s Mower Centre.
Donations to the Mitch Cavanagh Benefit Fund can be made through the Tweed Heads Fire Station on (07) 5536 2222.