IT'S a race against the clock for a Coast man who goes to sleep every night not knowing if he'll wake up paralysed.
Christian Finck, 34, was diagnosed earlier this month with Cauda Equina Syndrome, a spinal cord tumour which blocks the flow of spinal fluid and pushes on nerves.
He's now facing an uncertain future as he and his wife, Vicki, try to scrape together enough money for the urgent surgery he needs within five weeks - but even that may not guarantee he keeps the use of his legs.
The problems started in August when the Meridan Plains couple, who have two sons, went on a holiday to Bali.
Throughout their time away Mr Finck kept complaining of a sore back, but it wasn't until he began to go numb that he went for an MRI.
Mrs Finck said they had to immediately visit a Brisbane neurosurgeon after the scan, who told her husband it was a miracle he was still able to walk.
They've applied to take money out of their superannuation for the operation that could save Mr Finck's ability to walk, but they need another $7000 to go through a private hospital which has a shorter wait time than the public system.
"One of his legs is completely numb from his knee to buttocks," Mrs Finck said.
"He's getting really bad pain in the opposite foot.
"They've given him painkillers which are making him sick."
A Gofundme has been started by the family and Mrs Finck said the response was overwhelming.
"It took us a lot to apply because he (Mr Finck) didn't want people to think we wanted handouts," she said.
"We were crying, we couldn't believe how many people wanted to help us."
It's not just money people have been offering.
Kind strangers have told Mrs Finck they'll make the family dinners and mow the lawns during her husband's recovery period.
To add to the pressure, the Fincks have no family on the Sunshine Coast as they only moved from Brisbane four years ago.
"We woke up one morning and needed a sea change," Mrs Finck said.
"We moved up here and never looked back - now the medical help we need is back there."
You can help the family reach their $7000 goal here.