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Women fighting on the firefront and the homefront

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16.11.2019

Nana Glen's Linda Hill, a single mother with a sick son, had to make some speedy decisions this week, as flames threatened to engulf the north coast hamlet she calls home.

Linda Hill and son Cooper of Nana Glen were evacuated.

Should she stay along with eight-year-old daughter Jasmine and six-year-old son Cooper, who after 14 months' fighting leukemia in Sydney Children's Hospital was looking forward to his first day back at school on Monday. Or should they go? Like many of the people forced to evacuate their homes during the fires across NSW this week, she chose to go. She picked up a few precious items, including medical reports for Cooper, and took him and Jasmine to stay with friends in Coffs Harbour.

"It was a bit squishy," Hill said, as there were already four children and two adults in the three-bedroom home, but it was only a temporary inconvenience.

After 14 months of living out of a suitcase at Ronald McDonald House in Randwick, where Cooper had numerous operations including a bone marrow transplant and radiation, Hill told her children not to worry about taking toys and possessions. She assured them if their house burnt, people would give them new clothes and........

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