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Industry icons offer support to Evans surfer with cancer

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: After all the hard work at fundraising, the final handover of $26,000 to help Jamie Griffiths (centre) get the help he needs. From left: Tracey Bodley, Rachel Griffiths, Jamie, and representatives of Evans Head Bowling Club, Margo Power and Brett Cooper.
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: After all the hard work at fundraising, the final handover of $26,000 to help Jamie Griffiths (centre) get the help he needs. From left: Tracey Bodley, Rachel Griffiths, Jamie, and representatives of Evans Head Bowling Club, Margo Power and Brett Cooper. Samantha Elley

EVANS Head surfer and cancer patient Jamie Griffiths was given a surprise visit by world renowned surfboard shaper Darren Handley and former World Championship Tour legend Luke Egan last week.

The surf industry icons drove down to the coastal village from the Gold Coast after they heard through the grapevine that Jamie and some friends were shaping their own surfboards.

"My sister, Cherie Chittleborough, is best friends with Darren's wife and she knows Luke Egan as well," Jamie said.

When she heard that Jamie's friend Mick Robson was organising a surfboard shaping session, she invited the duo down to Evans Head.

"I was just head-down trying to listen to Darren's tips," said Jamie.

The 37-year-old family man said his wife Rachel and children were still coming to terms with the change in all their lives.

"I'm just trying to stay positive, taking one day at a time," said Jamie.

"The doctors say that being young is in my favour."

The Griffiths family thanked the Evans Head community for a wonderful fundraiser at the Evans Head Bowling Club a fortnight ago which raised $26,000.

Club spokesman Brett Cooper said between 350-400 people showed up to support the event. A cheque was presented to Jamie on Friday night.

The money will go towards an operation by brain surgeon Charlie Teo.

Topics:  cancer, evans head, surfing



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