For a friend in need
FAMILY and friends of a Tullamarine man are banding together to help him get through a tough time.
In late February, Steven Sauvarin, 31, visited a doctor because of back pain.
A week later, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer that begins in the bone marrow.
Mr Sauvarin, a construction worker (pictured with daughter Kaisha), is now wheelchair bound as he undergoes intensive chemotherapy treatment.
His cancer diagnosis comes at a crucial time for his family, with his partner, Cherish McCarthy, 26 weeks pregnant with their son.
A fund-raiser will be held on Saturday for Mr Sauvarin to help him and his family financially as he is unable to work.
Ms McCarthy told the Weekly it was a difficult time for the family, but they would keep fighting “no matter what”.
“We found out he had the cancer and then found out I was pregnant,” she said.
“It’s quite hard, emotionally and mentally. He’s in so much pain all the time. One of my girlfriends has organised the fund-raiser. She’s gone to a lot of trouble to get funds for us, which has been really beautiful.”
The ‘Fight Against Multiple Myeloma Cancer Fund-raiser’ is a public event with all proceeds going to Mr Sauvarin’s medical costs and living expenses.
The family event will include live entertainment, a barbecue, raffles, jumping castle and karaoke.
It’s at the Jacana Football Club from 11.30am-9.30pm.