Kristy Butler’s older brother, Dylan, was diagnosed with stage 4 testicular cancer.
While Dylan was receiving treatment at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Kristy and her mum chose a novel way to raise funds by skydiving from 14,000ft. With Dylan on the ground cheering them on, the pair managed to raise over $5,000 for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
In February 2018, Dylan returned home where he passed away surrounded by family and friends.
“The wonderful people that work at the Lifehouse Living Room helped make Dyl’s life easier near the end.”
This year Kristy is taking on a whole new kind of challenge – 31 days alcohol-free as part of the Dry July campaign.
During her month Dry, Kristy is raising much needed funds for patient comfort at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse as a way of giving back.
“Mum and I are very grateful to Gail O’Brien & all the amazing staff at Lifehouse for always putting Dylan’s needs & wants first. Lifehouse allowed Dyl to have his dog Bella stay by his side. This helped him to continue his treatment even when he didn’t really want to,” says Kristy. “We have never experienced a more professional and caring group of doctors, nurses and care givers, they helped us get through the tough times.”
All funds raised through Dry July go toward patient care and comfort, much like the services provided in the Lifehouse Living Room – services that Kristy’s whole family found solace in while Dylan was undergoing treatment.
“I think the complementary therapies and services are essential to the comfort and care of cancer patients and carers like my Mum. She enjoyed the yoga classes regularly during Dyl’s time in Lifehouse.”
Kristy’s already exceeded her fundraising goal and raised over $2,800 for our patients. We wish her the best of luck for the final week and thank all those who donated for their incredible generosity. When asked whether she’d be up for skydiving again, Kristy admitted “absolutely not – but my mum loved it.”
There’s still time to support Kristy by going to her Dry July page and making a donation.