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Bindi Irwin asks for donations after husband Chandler Powell’s great aunt is diagnosed with cancer

Bindi Irwin has appealed to fans for donations after her husband Chandler Powell’s great aunt Susan was struck down with cancer.

The conservationist, 23, revealed the sad family news on Twitter on Monday, sharing a link to a GoFundMe page that had been set up to raise money for Susan’s medical treatment.

Susan, who lives in Ohio, was diagnosed with cancer last year and also recently discovered she had a tumour on her spinal cord.

Fundraiser: Bindi Irwin (right) has appealed to fans for donations after her husband Chandler Powell’s (left) great aunt Susan was struck down with cancer

Bindi tweeted: ‘I’ll match up to $4,000 raised. Chandler’s great aunt is one of the most giving people I know. Susan has such a kind heart and has always made me feel like part of the family.

‘We are all donating to help. If you can too, any amount would mean the world.’

Chandler, 25, a former professional wakeboarder from Florida, also encouraged his Twitter followers to donate generously.

‘My aunt Susan was diagnosed with cancer last year and has been taking it on like an absolute champion,’ he wrote. 

Helping: The conservationist, 23, revealed the sad family news on Twitter on Monday, sharing a link to a Go Fund Me page that had been set up to raise money for Susan's medical treatment

Helping: The conservationist, 23, revealed the sad family news on Twitter on Monday, sharing a link to a Go Fund Me page that had been set up to raise money for Susan’s medical treatment

Health battle: Susan (centre with her sons Kyle and Kevin), who lives in Ohio, was diagnosed with cancer last year and also recently discovered she had a tumour on her spinal cord

Health battle: Susan (centre with her sons Kyle and Kevin), who lives in Ohio, was diagnosed with cancer last year and also recently discovered she had a tumour on her spinal cord

Pitching in: Bindi tweeted: 'I'll match up to $4,000 raised. Chandler's great aunt is one of the most giving people I know. Susan has such a kind heart and has always made me feel like part of the family. We are all donating to help. If you can too, any amount would mean the world'

Pitching in: Bindi tweeted: ‘I’ll match up to $4,000 raised. Chandler’s great aunt is one of the most giving people I know. Susan has such a kind heart and has always made me feel like part of the family. We are all donating to help. If you can too, any amount would mean the world’

‘Her family and friends have been rallying behind her and started this fundraiser.’ 

A quick glance at the GoFundMe page shows Bindi initially donated $1,000 before giving another $4,000 later on Monday.

Bindi’s mother Terri Irwin has put down $500, while Chandler’s mother Shannan has donated $200. 

Donations: Chandler, 25, a former professional wakeboarder from Florida, also encouraged his Twitter followers to donate generously

Donations: Chandler, 25, a former professional wakeboarder from Florida, also encouraged his Twitter followers to donate generously

Giving generously: A quick glance at the GoFundMe page shows Bindi initially donated $1,000 before giving another $4,000 later on Monday

Giving generously: A quick glance at the GoFundMe page shows Bindi initially donated $1,000 before giving another $4,000 later on Monday

The fundraiser has reached $9,593 in just 24 hours, and it looks likely Susan will reach her $25,000 goal by the end of the week. 

It follows reports Bindi and Chandler are planning a trip back to America now that international borders are starting to reopen.

Chandler, who lives with his wife’s family in Queensland, hasn’t seen his relatives in the U.S. since he and Bindi spent three weeks with them in Florida in December 2019.

Extended family: Bindi's mother Terri Irwin (right) has put down $500, while Chandler's mother Shannan has donated $200

Extended family: Bindi’s mother Terri Irwin (right) has put down $500, while Chandler’s mother Shannan has donated $200

Missing his family: It follows reports Bindi and Chandler are planning a trip back to America now that international borders are starting to reopen. Chandler, who lives with his wife's family in Queensland, hasn't seen his relatives in the U.S. since he and Bindi spent three weeks with them in Florida in December 2019 (pictured during that trip)

Missing his family: It follows reports Bindi and Chandler are planning a trip back to America now that international borders are starting to reopen. Chandler, who lives with his wife’s family in Queensland, hasn’t seen his relatives in the U.S. since he and Bindi spent three weeks with them in Florida in December 2019 (pictured during that trip)

The Powells also haven’t been able to meet the couple’s daughter Grace Warrior, who was born in March, because of Covid restrictions. 

‘Chandler is excitedly planning a trip to America so his parents can finally meet little Grace,’ a source close to the family told Woman’s Day in November.  

‘He’s really hoping they’ll be able to go for Christmas, even though Bindi wants her first festive season to be at Australia Zoo, so they’re still ironing that one out.’ 

Kept apart: The Powells haven't been able to meet Bindi and Chandler's daughter Grace Warrior (right) who was born in March, because of Covid restrictions

Kept apart: The Powells haven’t been able to meet Bindi and Chandler’s daughter Grace Warrior (right) who was born in March, because of Covid restrictions 

The insider added that Chandler’s parents have found it ‘extremely hard’ having him on the other side of the world during the coronavirus pandemic.

While their planned trip to the U.S. is supposed to be a holiday, Bindi and Chandler reportedly haven’t ruled out living there permanently one day.

‘They’ve discussed the idea of moving to the States a few times now,’ the source said, adding that it’d be nice for Grace to get to know her father’s roots eventually.

However, there are no plans to relocate anytime soon because a lot of work still needs to be done to help Australia Zoo financially recover post-Covid. 

Homecoming: 'Chandler is planning a trip to America so his parents can meet little Grace,' a family friend told Woman's Day magazine in November. Pictured: Chandler's extended family

Homecoming: ‘Chandler is planning a trip to America so his parents can meet little Grace,’ a family friend told Woman’s Day magazine in November. Pictured: Chandler’s extended family


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