SUPPORT: Sisters, Linda Colley and Debra Ballard, Aunt Di Bennett, Partner Bryce Dieckmann, niece Chantal Colley, Caroline Bell, Mother Cheryl Hogan and father, Noel Bell.
SUPPORT: Sisters, Linda Colley and Debra Ballard, Aunt Di Bennett, Partner Bryce Dieckmann, niece Chantal Colley, Caroline Bell, Mother Cheryl Hogan and father, Noel Bell. Georja Ryan

Caroline has a wish...

AT age 22, Warwick born and bred Caroline Bell should be living life to the full - instead, she stares at the white walls of a hospital room, fighting for her life.

In October 2010, just days after her son Blake's first birthday, Caroline was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Sarcoma, a terminal cancer that sentenced her to a year of chemotherapy and endless hospital visits.

More than a year later, she has been told she has just months to live.

"Doctors will only talk in months," Caroline's Aunt, Di Bennett, said.

From living a healthy life free of illness, to fighting for her life, Caroline said it was a complete shock.

"I had no real symptoms, I just felt a bit off one day and I noticed a lump but didn't think it was too much, but it got bigger after a while and I actually thought I might have been pregnant," Caroline said.

"The doctors were 98% sure it was a blood clot but I got transferred to Toowoomba and they said they needed to operate the next day."

Caroline had a tumour removed from inside her bowel, but unfortunately the surgeons were unable to remove it all.

"The first tumour was the size of a football and weighed a kilogram," Caroline said.

Surgeons located a further eight tumours throughout her pelvis and abdomen.

"Those cells carried on growing," Caroline said.

"There's nothing medically they can do anymore, the chemo stopped responding."

Despite the fighting spirit that exuded from Caroline as she told of her struggle, she does have one last wish - to marry the love of her life and partner of four years, Bryce Dieckmann.

And that's where you come in, Warwick.

"Caroline and Bryce have been through that much and they don't have the funds, and collectively as a family we don't have the funds (for a wedding)," Caroline's aunt, Di Bennett, said.

"We are asking, if people can see it in their hearts to give, we are going to open an account for Caroline and people can put money in there to make her dream come true," Ms Bennett said.

Ms Bennett said Caroline wasn't interested in an overboard wedding, just one to commemorate the love between her and her Mr Darcy.

"I would be so lost without Bryce," Caroline said.

Caroline's family is urging anyone who can help, even if it is a small donation, to please lend a helping hand.

TO DONATE:

Account details: Chantal Colley and Diane Bennett 064434 10248159


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