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Mum’s shock over strangers’ restaurant act

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A Central Coast mum was having lunch with her friend and three children when a stranger’s kind gesture left her in shock.

Sarah-Jane Fryc, 28, was dining at Pancakes On The Rocks in Northmead, western Sydney, last Friday when she was approached by a couple and their daughter.

The trio were curious to know “what was wrong” with her two-year-old son Eden.

“They were sitting across from us and he glanced over and asked what had happened to Eden – he has a feeding tube and not much hair – so I replied explaining he has leukaemia,” Ms Fryc told news.com.au.

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Although originally from Woy Woy, Ms Fryc and her son, have spent the last year at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where young Eden has undergone treatment for his cancer.

The mum-of-four said she continued talking to the couple about her son and how they have been away from home since July 2019.

“They left about 15 minutes before us and while I was feeding one of my twin daughters, my friend went to the counter to pay for our meals,” she said.

“When she came back she said the bill had already been looked after.

“The lovely people we were talking to had paid for our food.”

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The mum said she didn’t get a chance to thank the man and his wife, “as he didn’t tell us he had done it”, however she hopes by sharing her story, the pair will see it.

She said even if she doesn’t get to thank the couple in person, she just wants the couple to know she was blown away by their gesture.

“It really pulled at the heart strings because we have had a lot going on this past year and it’s made me realise there’s still lovely people out there who don’t do things like this as often anymore,” she said.

Eden was diagnosed with leukaemia in July last year with the two-year-old spending the following year in hospital.

The family stayed at Ronald McDonald House and the Leukaemia Foundation units during that time, however as of Saturday, a day after the stranger’s kind gesture, they “finally” returned home.

“It really made my day and make me feel a lot better especially after being away from home for so long – it was such a good way to leave on a good note.”

She said her son, who is currently in remission, is doing a lot better.

“Thank you to those kind people,” she reiterated. “After a sh*tty year it was really what I needed.”

Ms Fryc had originally posted about the couple’s unexpected gesture in the popular Facebook group, The Kindness Pandemic, which has half a million followers.

So far, more than 112 people have shared her post as a way to help track the couple.

It has also attracted nearly 10,000 likes and hundreds of comments from people equally blown away by the gesture.

“That’s so heartwarming!” one person commented.

“Wishing you lots of luck in the future and hoping he beats his fight against leukaemia,” wrote another.

“How lovely and what a gorgeous son you have. I wish you all the best for the future,” said a third person.

Leukaemia is a type of blood cancer. It develops when white blood cells in the bone marrow become abnormal.

It is estimated that 4527 new cases of leukaemia will be diagnosed in Australia in 2020, according to Cancer Australia,

In 2016, the age-standardised incidence rate was 16 cases per 100,000 persons (20 for males and 12 for females).

You can follow Eden’s journey here.

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