Mum and dad BOTH diagnosed with cancer within months of each other as they bring up kids aged 6 & 4 and baby
A mother and father were both diagnosed with cancer within months of each other while raising their three children.
Kirsten Rasmussen had just given birth to baby Estelle in August last year when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer after discovering a lump.
Kirsten and Pete Rasmussen with their three children, Will, Tommy and baby EstelleCredit: GoFundMe
The diagnosis shook her family life, but she remained strong and did her best to fight the disease.
She underwent 11 hours of surgery to remove about 10 tumors, as well as mastectomy, breast reconstruction and chemotherapy.
Kirsten – who is also mother to Will, six, Tommy, four – then received radiation therapy and although her outlook is now positive, she has yet to undergo several surgeries.
But two weeks after the mother – a young teacher – finished her radiation therapy, the unthinkable happened when her husband Pete was rushed to hospital after suffering multiple seizures.
The man, from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, had supported his wife after her diagnosis and had been strong in protecting his family.
When Pete, 35, was rushed to the hospital, he underwent an MRI and was sadly diagnosed with a grade 2 cancerous astrocytoma brain tumor.
It’s a type of invasive tumor, meaning there’s no obvious separation from the surrounding brain, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
The father-of-three has between seven and 10 years to live as doctors gave the family the heartbreaking news that the tumor cannot be cured by surgery.
Pete, who works as a teacher, told the Hobart Mercury: “The tumor was in such a position that it was inoperable and if it were operated on I could go deaf, unable to speak or be conscious or unconscious. .
“The doctor said I would be the definition of a living vegetable.”
Family friends launched a fundraiser to help the familyCredit: GoFundMe
After their diagnosis, the two parents are unable to work and some friends decided to create a GoFundMe page to help them with their expenses.
So far, over $84,000 (£45,343) has been raised from a $200,000 (£107,960) goal.
The fundraiser reads: “Kirsten, Pete and their family now face great uncertainty and need our help to move forward in the months and years to come.
“Each donation allows the family to recover at home, contribute to their medical bills and grow the children without the security of their parents’ financial income.”
It adds, “As Pete himself has said, one of the most challenging parts of this story they’ve had is telling their young children that a second of their parents are about to go on an unbeatable cancer journey.”
Kirsten and Pete, who have been together for over 15 years, are described as active members of the Old Beach community, where they have lived for the past six years.
Pete said he was moved by the support from family and friends, adding, “I’ve asked my brother if he can walk my daughter down the aisle.
“We’re so busy with our lives and rushing to work, so when things get really serious, it’s nice to know you have support.”
Click here to donate to the GoFundMe campaign.