Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Inspired by Their Boy's Brave Battle; for Life and Charity Driven by Km

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Inspired by Their Boy's Brave Battle; for Life and Charity Driven by Km

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AMBER

HOOKER

amber.hooker@scnews.com.au

ANG Mansey's son has died in her arms, been resuscitated after flat-lining six times and his combination of diseases is the only case in the world.

When Corbin received the first of three liver transplants as a baby, Ang and her husband, Luke, were forced to sell everything to pay mounting medical bills.

The family home, their rental property, the car, boat and motorbike were all small sacrifices to give their boy a fighting chance against billiary atresia and VACTERL association.

Corbin spent his first year on life support and has since undergone 23 surgeries, has holes in his heart, epilepsy, chronic lung disease and requires feeding through a stomach tube.

But you wouldn't know it to look at the smiling boy, who is the inspiration behind the Sunshine Coast couple's year-round fundraising work and new charity, Driven by KM.

The Manseys have never publicly told their son's story, but are opening up as they pledge to give everything to help other families overlooked by well-meaning charities and government support.

Ang has created a GoFundMe site to raise the remaining $3500 needed to formalise the charity as the couple are out of pocket following a recent fundraiser that donated $12,000 to cancer research.

The mother-of-four says she and her high-school sweetheart chose to have a large family, and while some may think it "selfish" to give to charity while raising four boys, it was something they couldn't do without.

"I drive a 2006 Honda Civic, my husband drives a Pulsar, we rent... we are paying off debt but we are close," Ang said.

"But when you have a sick child and have no control over what his future will be, over anything, it may be selfish to give to charity, but it feels good for the soul to help other people.

"All the money in the world isn't going to fix our son, but if people don't feel so lonely and have hope... what that does for a family in those circumstances is massive. …

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