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Cowboys support Keely and Gold September
One North Queensland teenager’s efforts to highlight September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month have received a significant boost with the help of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.
As part of her efforts to promote Gold September as the awareness month is known, 15-year-old Keely Johnson, of Ayr, approached the Cowboys for support.
Cowboys community relations manager Fiona Pelling said the club was taken by Keely’s drive and commitment and organised an online auction featuring a set of signed 2013 jerseys.
“We were only too happy to come on board as were the players who donated their Indigenous jerseys and signed them in gold for the auction,” Ms Pelling said.
The funds were today presented to North Queensland-based charity The Cure Starts Now, which focuses on finding a cure for and supporting those with brainstem glioma and Project Declan, a family foundation supporting childhood cancer research.
The Cure Starts Now featured in Cowboys Community Corner, proudly presented by Steggles Charity Nest, in the round 26 clash at 1300SMILES Stadium, providing the charity with an opportunity to highlight the work they are doing to try to eradicate this awful childhood cancer.
Project Declan is named after Declan Hegarty who passed away earlier this year at just nine years of age after contracting an incurable childhood cancer.
“Declan was a good friend of mine and I wanted to do this try and make a difference so others would not suffer like he did, and others may in the future,” Keely said.
She has already raised more $8000.
“Keely is a great inspiration and it’s really pleasing that we’ve been able to help a little,” Cowboys squad member Brent Tate said.
The Test and Origin representative is an ambassador for The Cure Starts Now.
In addition to again working with the Cowboys in the lead up to Gold September in 2014, Keely plans to continue her fundraising for kids cancer research through her sale of jewellery/gifts at the Bella Bambini Gift Service she has established online at www.bella-bambini-gift-service.com.
“It’s my way of contributing to those charities that are so essential in supporting families and kids afflicted with this terrible disease as well as the critical research into finding a cure,” she said.
“I have a rare type of brain tumor that has wiped out all my hormones produced in the brain.
“I have not grown since I was 10 and I thought of this idea in my many visits to the oncology wards in Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane.”
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