How a community is helping Mick get back in driver's seat
NANANGO man Mick McNamara loves the freedom that comes from sitting in the driver's seat.
And although cancer treatment has made it difficult for Mick to drive, the South Burnett community is helping him get back behind the wheel.
For the past 10 years, Mick has battled brain cancer through three craniotomies with radiation and chemotherapy.
The last of these left him with cognitive and physical defects, weakening the muscles in his left side and leaving him unable to drive a manual car.
To get her uncle-in-law driving again, Tacye-Maree McNamara started a Gofundme page last month to secure funding for a new automatic vehicle.
Mrs McNamara said her uncle-in-law was a typical country bloke who loved the freedom of having a car.
"He's a very community-active man and he's just the nicest guy around,” she said.
"I knew there was a need for it and I knew he deserved it.”
Mrs McNamara said the ability to drive meant a lot to Mick.
"He's very excited...knowing he may get that freedom,” she said.
The campaign raised nearly $4500 in its first week, and is inching closer towards its $7000 goal.
Mrs McNamara said she had seen the financial strain the cancer treatment placed on the family.
"The response has been amazing,” Mrs McNamara said.
"We've been talking about doing a fundraiser for a while.”
The family thanked the people and businesses who had already donated.