Caitlin Davis is a chef who sings in her spare time.
She’s also about to undergo an operation to remove a tumour in her neck which could forever impact her ability to sing and swallow food.
It’s an imperfect storm for the 23-year-old, who discovered the lump on her neck early this year.
While there was relief when the tumour was discovered to be benign and doctors recommended leaving it be – while keeping an eye on it – but after Ms Davis’ eye began drooping she returned to get it checked.
After untold scans, MRIs, tests and more, it was discovered it was a rare, relatively-unknown nerve shealth tumour called a ‘cervical schwannoma’.
Only one doctor has been willing to do the surgery to remove the tumour, but he is a private surgeon and Ms Davis isn’t covered by private insurance.
Ms Davis’ sister Emma stepped in to set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost, and their father’s old football club Barnstoneworth has stepped in to organise a fundraising night at the Canobolas Hotel from 6pm on Friday.
“I’m so fortunate there are people who care enough about me to do these things,” Ms Davis said.
“I’m pretty optimistic the surgery goes well but I’m a bit worried about what I wake up to … it could impact two of the things I love most.”
For those looking to donate, the GoFundMe page can be found here.