BIG RESPONSE: Liza and Mario Cannavo with children Livia, Thomas, Leo, Allegra and Marcus at the fundraiser for Liza's lyme disease treatment at Dalveen on Saturday.
BIG RESPONSE: Liza and Mario Cannavo with children Livia, Thomas, Leo, Allegra and Marcus at the fundraiser for Liza's lyme disease treatment at Dalveen on Saturday. Glenda Riley

Region gathers to help fund Liza's treatment

THE Granite Belt's generous spirit shone through for the Cannavo family on Saturday night.

Mother-of-five Liza Cannavo has been preparing for her next round of treatment for Lyme Disease, which is not yet recognised in Australia, but she was diagnosed with overseas.

Her sister-in-law, Venessa Cannavo, said the fundraiser held in Dalveen on Saturday attracted between 100 and 120 people and was a big step towards supporting her next treatment.

"Liza and Mario were so overwhelmed, and they were so grateful as well,” Ms Cannavo said.

Ms Cannavo thanked everyone who donated and supported the fundraiser.

"We're so thankful for everyone donating and all the support,” she said.

She said they were also grateful for local musicians Sarah and David Hume for taking the time to perform at the fundraiser.

While the funds raised were still being calculated at the time of printing, Ms Cannavo said she understood they made considerable progress.

"The aim for this whole thing is just to make as much money as we can so they don't have to pay for (all the treatment),” she said.

She commended the community's generosity.

"The community spirit was at its best, everybody was there to support Liza and everybody had a great night,” she said.

Sales for another raffle for the family will end on March 31. The prize is a week's accommodation in a two-bedroom unit at Marcoola Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and can be bought at Maddie's Gift Gallery, Blue Topaz Caravan Park and Repco All Service Severnlea (Grasso's).

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