His story has touched thousands of hearts.
As of yesterday morning, 8800 people had ‘liked’ the Talin’s Wish Facebook site set up by Talin Hawkins’ mother, Cassandra.
And every day, hundreds of people post messages of support or comment on status updates and photos shared on that page or another set up by his father, Gerry Tye.
The community is also rallying.
Gymea Technology High School held a blue and gold day last Friday while Gymea United Football Club asked all under-6 to under-10 players to take part in a fund-raiser for Talin.
The club said the football association gave permission for players to don silly socks during round 10 and 11 home games played at Gymea Bay Oval.
Gymea Bay Public School, where Talin attended kindergarten, organised a mufti day for Tuesday. Students were asked to wear Talin’s favourite colours (gold, silver and yellow) and donate a gold coin to Bear Cottage, a respite and palliative care centre for children, where Talin is staying.
The students were also filmed singing Happy Birthday, which was played at Talin’s carnival-themed birthday party last Sunday.
Students had also made birthday cards while his kindergarten classmates added their handprints to an artwork.