Funding for Ffloyd after devastating diagnosis
A CROWDFUNDING campaign has been launched for Casino man Ffloyd Laurie, who was diagnosed with the incurable asbestos cancer mesothelioma in June.
Mr Laurie, a father of five, contracted the disease decades after his childhood in the Upper Clarence Valley township of Baryulgil, which had a nearby James Hardie asbestos mine.
Mr Laurie is the first known case of mesothelioma contracted by a child of mine workers, rather than the workers themselves.
As James Hardie cannot be sued under former compensation deal struck with the company, Mr Laurie is suing the Department of Education over exposure to asbestos dust at Baryugil Public School.
His lawyer, Tanya Segelov, said after the story broke on the ABC's 7.30 she was inundated by people wanting to contribute something to Mr Laurie's well-being "so we decided to setup a Gofundme page".
One of the things Mr Laurie said he wanted to do before he died was go on a honeymoon with his wife Noelene to the Great Barrier Reef.
"He said he would like to go the Barrier Reef in his life time, so we are hoping to raise enough to make that happen," Ms Segelov said.
Mr Laurie is scheduled to go into mediation in early November with the Department of Education but if his condition detroriates his legal team will seek to expedite that.
Ms Segelov said there was a lot of "contemporaneous evidence" from the time and the case was "overwhelming".
She said the cause of disease was known about in the mid-1960s, with cases of people living near asbestos mines and factories getting sick, but the school continued having asbestos in its grounds through the 1970s.
Donate to the campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/2nzpfbkn