In its second year, the Dine at Mine campaign encourages people to host dining events, with guests donating what they would have spent dining out to children living with cancer and their families.
Campaign ambassador Omaid (10) was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011.
Mrs Mher said the diagnosis was shattering with the family almost falling apart because Omaid already had dyspraxia, a developmental delay.
‘Hearing the horrible news hit me hard ” he already had a lot to deal with,’ she said. ‘The oncology ward was a wake-up call for us because we saw where we were and what sort of situation we were in.
‘Omaid didn’t have much understanding of what was wrong with him and was upset being in the hospital.
‘He was finding it very hard and he wasn’t able to cope with doctors and nurses coming and giving him needles.’
The mother of four said that after Omaid’s diagnosis, the family felt isolated until they went to Camp Quality for support.
‘Because we were so stressed out and so depressed, having Camp Quality help the family get away was one of the best things we did,’ she said.
‘When my kids started going to the camp it was brilliant; they met so many other kids with the same situation as theirs and that was a very positive impact on them ” feeling that they’re not alone.’
Now in his third year of treatment, extensive chemotherapy has left Omaid with constant pain, nausea, blistered skin and brittle bones, resulting in three broken arms in the last year.
It will be the Mher family’s second Dine at Mine fundraiser with Omaid also hosting his own event for friends, who will be encouraged to donate their pocket money.
To donate, go to dineatmine-2014.everydayhero. com/au/maliha.
To host your own Dine At Mine to help raise funds for kids like Omaid register at www.dineatmine.org.au