Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Husband 'Broken' by Wife's Passing

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Husband 'Broken' by Wife's Passing

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KATHY

SUNDSTROM

kathy.sundstrom@scnews.com.au

NEARLY three years ago Danny Lynch lost his wife to a rare cancer, leaving him with a young son, now he is close to being homeless.

Despite the fact Danny owned several properties and his wife Tarna-Lee Lynch's super provided a substantial payout, medical bills and nearly three years of no work has eaten away at the bank balance.

The heartbroken father has no choice but to do the very thing Tarna-Lee asked him not to do when she was dying -- he is asking for help.

"My wife, when she was alive, she made me promise I'd never reach out for help," Danny said. "But I never thought how tough it would be. I've used the payout from the super and the houses and through this journey, I've lost that and more."

Danny said his psycholo- gist told him, if he became homeless, authorities could take away the one thing he has left -- his three-year-old son, Hudson.

The former entertainer has applied for more than 100 jobs in the past three months, and most have gone unanswered.

He has approached support agencies, including the Department of Housing, Salvation Army and St Vin- cent de Paul, searching for a cheap rental home.

But he is one of thousands desperately trying to find affordable accommodation on the Sunshine Coast and the general advice has been he needs to move north.

He would, but he can't afford the removal costs.

It is painfully obvious as Danny talks he feels confl- icted, even guilty, about asking for help.

His wife held a senior position in Queensland Health and when she was alive, no one would have thought this family would face financial strife.

But Danny said he has "purely run out of money through everything that has happened".

"Rents are not cheap on the Coast and it is very difficult to find work, even more so when you are a single parent of a young child," he said. …

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