How Luke Toki became the REAL winner of Australian Survivor

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He may have finished in fourth place, but Luke Toki certainly won the nation's heart after being eliminated from Australian Survivor on Monday.

Thousands of viewers have donated to a GoFundMe page for the father-of-three, after he missed out on the $500,000 prize money before the finale.

In less than 24 hours, over half a million dollars was raised for the 33-year-old and his family - which includes his two autistic sons and newborn daughter with cystic fibrosis - even surpassing the amount that winner Pia Miranda took home.

How Luke Toki became the REAL winner of Australian Survivor: The incredible story of the family man who captured the nation's heart by trying to raise money for his sick children

How Luke Toki became the REAL winner of Australian Survivor: The incredible story of the family man who captured the nation's heart by trying to raise money for his sick children 

But just what is it about Luke that has touched the hearts of so many?

Daily Mail Australia looks into Luke's inspirational journey - and how his passion for helping his family has made him into a national hero. 

Doing everything for his family

Doting husband Luke shares three children with his wife Mary - sons Lennox, seven, and Nate, five, and baby daughter Madeleine, who was born in March.

Lennox and Nate were both diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum early in life. Meanwhile, Madeleine was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just three weeks after she was born.

Family: Luke's two sons, Lennox and Nate, are on the autism spectrum, while his baby daughter Madeline has cystic fibrosis. Pictured: Luke with his children and wife Mary

Family: Luke's two sons, Lennox and Nate, are on the autism spectrum, while his baby daughter Madeline has cystic fibrosis. Pictured: Luke with his children and wife Mary

After finishing in seventh place on Australian Survivor in 2017, Luke decided to give it another shot in 2019. He said he was determined to win the money to improve the lives of his wife and children.

He said on the show: 'Being a father, to me, means everything. I haven't succeeded in sport or whatever but my boys, daughter and wife, that's obviously what I treasure the most.

'If I win $500,000 it would be life-changing for my family. It'll give my kids a future that I want to give them, so that's why I'm doing it.'

He's raising two sons with autism

Second chance: Luke, who first appeared on Australian Survivor in 2017, had returned this season because he wanted to support his family with the $500,000 prize money. After he was eliminated before the finale, fans were determined to help him out financially

Second chance: Luke, who first appeared on Australian Survivor in 2017, had returned this season because he wanted to support his family with the $500,000 prize money. After he was eliminated before the finale, fans were determined to help him out financially 

Luke has made no secret of his family's struggles, after his eldest son Lennox was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

His second son, Nate, was later diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay (GDD), which is defined by Mencap as 'when a child takes longer to reach certain development milestones than other children at their age.'

As first-time parents, Luke and Mary admitted they had no idea what autism was at the time, and were left 'shocked' by the two diagnoses.

But in 2017, Luke told Kidspot he 'wouldn't want [his sons] to be any other way'.

His newborn daughter's cystic fibrosis diagnosis

'Our gorgeous little baby is not coming home the perfectly healthy baby we imagined':  Following their sons' autism diagnoses, Luke and Mary confirmed in April this year that their newborn daughter Madeline (pictured) had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis

'Our gorgeous little baby is not coming home the perfectly healthy baby we imagined':  Following their sons' autism diagnoses, Luke and Mary confirmed in April this year that their newborn daughter Madeline (pictured) had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis

Following their sons' autism diagnoses, Luke and Mary confirmed in April this year that their newborn daughter Madeline had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

The condition affects the glands that produce mucus and sweat. As the mucus builds up, it can block airways in the lungs and make it difficult to breathe. 

There is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis. 

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