Two years ago, Blake Worboys was given a diagnosis that no child should ever have to face.
The five-year-old St Helens Park boy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour that ran along his main optic pathway causing him to lose most of his eyesight.
The family have spent most of the past two years in and out of hospital and with Blake’s sixth birthday just around the corner finances were running low.
However a group of local businesses and community members banded together over the weekend to throw Blake a big birthday bash out of the kindness of their own hearts.
His mother Tracey Power was overwhelmed by the efforts of people she didn’t even know.
“When Blake was diagnosed we became very socially isolated,” she said.
“When children are diagnosed with cancer people tend to stay away, so for perfect strangers to pull something like this together for us – it’s amazing.”
The party came about after Te’re Melrose started the Macarthur Kindness Crew Facebook page.
Small business owner Tayah Rogers offered her venue, Planet Party in Camden, to help a struggling family host a children’s party for free.
“I tried to think about what I had to give and how I could help the community,” Ms Rogers said.
“So I posted about the venue and Tracey contacted me and told me Blake’s story.
“Once I posted about the party on the Kindness page the offers came flooding in from people who wanted to help out.”
Macarthur businesses and community members donated a range of items including a custom-made cake, professional photography, themed decorations and balloon gifts, platters of food, lolly bags and a balloon artist.
Camden’s own caped crusader Zac Mihajlovic drove Blake to the party in his Batmobile.
Ms Power said she never expected to have this much help from the community.
“I started to think about putting some money aside for a cake and food – but Tayah rang me and said I didn’t need to worry about a thing,” she said.
“I cannot tell you how much of a relief that was.
“My faith in community has been restored – we are so grateful and so appreciative.
“This goes to show how amazing people in this community truly are.”
Ms Power said Blake’s diagnosis was devastating.
“We knew he was having some vision problems but it wasn’t until we saw a paediatric ophthalmologist that we had the diagnosis,” she said.
“I think my world actually stopped and I immediately went into auto pilot mode.
“We were rushed immediately to the hospital and the chemo started right away.
“We’re not certain what’s around the corner, so we just take it day by day.”
Ms Power hopes Blake’s story will raise awareness of childhood cancer in the Macarthur community.
“There are other people out there who are in a similar situation to us and they might feel isolated too,” she said.
“I am sure they would benefit from having some community support as well.”