Bob’s clinic date is set
A BITTER-SWEET blessing has both touched the hearts and stressed the minds of Bob and Jan Carlson.
The well-known Hervey Bay couple have had a long-time prayer of theirs come true but more quickly than they had expected.
Bob, a song writer and former jazz musician, has been accepted into a stem-cell clinic in Cologne, Germany, for treatment for motor neurone disease, which he was diagnosed with more than six years ago.
He and Jan are ecstatic about the news but a dark money cloud is hanging over their heads.
“It’s all a bit sort of surreal I suppose,” said Jan. “Bob’s a bit concerned now we won’t raise enough money to go; a bit stressed and anxious.”
With that said, the pair is extremely grateful and surprised so many people donated money for the treatment through The Bob Carlson Benefit Concert last month.
Fifteen thousand dollars was raised through ticket sales, a silent auction and donations thanks to a crowd of 500 people.
“That’s a fantastic figure and we’re really thankful,” Jan said.
The money will go toward the treatment, which will cost about $13,000, and airline tickets worth about $6500 return.
Bob and Jan have to fly business class to accommodate Bob’s electric power chair and so it is more comfortable for him and other guests to use a ventilating machine when he sleeps.
And with miscellaneous other costs involved, the couple is still about $16,000 short and have pinched every last penny they have to fund the trip in late November.
They are so strapped they are even selling their 22-foot Millard caravan. It is 20-years-old but has been rebuilt to include a stainless steal kitchen among other features.
“We don’t have any income apart from Centrelink,” explained Jan, who gave up work in July to care for Bob.
The Carlsons’ are asking for anybody to help in anyway they can. An anonymous person has already donated some frequent flyer points but more would help.
If you would like to lend a hand call Jan on 0407 239 805.