Australian netball captain visits sick teenager
ALSTONVILLE teenager Tegan Whittle received a surprise visit from Australian netball captain Laura Geitz at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Tegan was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
The visit from Geitz was organised by the Ballina and Lismore netball associations and was a complete surprise to Tegan and her mother Carolynn.
"Laura was great, she arrived early and spent a big part of the day here," Carolynn said.
"Tegan was completely stunned and very shy at first but she definitely enjoyed it.
"It was quite overwhelming and helps lighten the load.
"We can't thank the local netball community and our friends and family enough for the support."
Tegan, 15, attends St John's College Woodlawn and plays netball and water polo.
She started the netball season with pains in her knee. An MRI and x-rays revealed a tumour growing in and on her left femur five weeks ago.
The family are hopeful of seeing Geitz play in the ANZ Championship semi-final for the Queensland Firebirds on Monday
"Tegan has always loved netball," Carolynn said.
"We've travelled up to Brisbane just to watch games in the past.
"This will be a long journey and Tegan has a big 12 months ahead of her.
"I'm sure she will continue to love her sport and aspire to play netball again."
Carolynn thanked Can Teen, Redkite and the Ronald McDonald House charity and organisations for their support.