Casino turns out to help cancer fight
By BREE PRICE
AFTER being diagnosed with cancer in June and beginning fortnightly chemotherapy, 24-year-old Brett Loy was keen to keep a low profile.
But the Casino man didn't count on good mate Andrew Campbell's determination to hold a fundraising golf day and sporting memorabilia auction to help pay for his treatment.
And Mr Loy didn't expect Casino to get behind him.
More than 280 golfers teed of at the Casino Golf Club yesterday with players from the throughout the business community as well as the town's AFL, rugby league, rugby union and golf clubs.
"I'm shocked so many people have come out to join in," Mr Loy said.
"I'm overwhelmed ? there's people who I haven't met before, as well as many I do know."
Mr Campbell said items to be auctioned off last night included two framed 2005 State of Origin jerseys, one signed by Matt King and the other signed by Ben Kennedy, a framed and signed Wallabys jersey and riding silks signed by jockey Chris Munce.
Mr Loy, who is a former Casino High School student, moved back to his home town two weeks ago after learning he had Hodgkin's lymphoma. He is undergoing chemotherapy at Lismore Base Hospital.
He said he never thought the dry cough that plagued him for about five weeks could be cancer.
"I just kept coughing for about five weeks, it was a dry cough," he said.
"I went to two doctors on the Gold Coast where I was living and one said I had a bug and the other said I had a chest infection.
"I decided to come back and see my own doctor in Casino who made the diagnosis."
"I'm just taking it as it comes. It was a bit of a shock to start with, but I'm just taking each step as it comes."