By Jessica Anstice
Narre Warren woman Kelly Warren was diagnosed with cervical cancer 12 weeks ago – a devastating shock to her, her husband and their five children.
There was no chance this disease was going to get in the way of her continuing to run her very own charity, BK 2 Basics.
Everyday her charity offers bread and non-perishables to families suffering hardship in her community and beyond.
Twice sometimes three times a week she also offers fresh fruit and veg.
“I first met Kelly when my husband had his third knee replacement and times had got tough, I have kept in constant contact with Bk 2 Basics and help when I can,” Sarah Bateman said.
“When word got out about this diagnosis you would think it would knock you down, but no, she’s continuing with her street family and helping the local community with bakery items every day and the food hampers twice a week and she’s being there for her incredible family.”
Ms Bateman told Ms Warren she had contacted the Star News Group for a story, in her response Ms Warren said, “Seriously we are all good.
“Remember it’s not and never about me it’s about the people we help. There is always someone worse off.”
She continued to say, “Ladies, I had my one and only pap smear when I was 15. I am now 47.
“I was scared of a pap smear, I was embarrassed. Don’t be a cry baby like me.
“Go and get that pap smear, stand up, stand tall and stand proud. If your due or are a complete idiot like me go and get checked.”
Being a New Zealand citizen unfortunately the family aren’t entitled to financial benefits.
Ms Warren has 56 days of full on treatment, six weeks of daily radiation and six days of chemotherapy followed by two weeks of brachytherapy.
A GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for Ms Warren. The money donated will go towards, daily parking at hospitals, petrol, a wig and medications.
To donate visit: https://www.gofundme.com/gwvrrx-spina-bifida