Boardriders dig deep for Ali
AN OUTPOURING of community support has come for mother, partner, detective, children's cancer fundraiser and cancer suffer Alison Sheehan.
Ms Sheehan, 33, was diagnosed with breast cancer, which spread with secondary lesions appearing on her spine and sternum, after going to the doctors complaining of back pain following a fall at home.
The shock diagnosis has seen the Northern Rivers community dig deep for Ms Sheehan and her partner Adam, who quit his job to care for their 18-month-old son Jack, who suffers EoE, an allergy related inflammation of the oesophagus.
Colleagues at Byron Bay Police Station have organised the nine-kilometre Ali Sheehan fundraising paddle on the Brunswick River from Mullumbimby to Brunswick Heads, this Sunday. Then on Tuesday, the generosity of the Byron Bay community came to the fore when Byron Bay Boardriders presented a cheque for $2000 to Ms Sheehan's colleague Gary Sheehan (no relation).
"Neil Cameron rang me the day previously and said we have had a few events that we have raised some money from, and after seeing the Northern Star article about the Paddle for Ali, asked if I would accept a cheque," Mr Sheehan said.
"Alison has got no affiliation with the board riders whatsoever, so they obviously have big hearts and they thought it was a worthwhile charity."
Mr Sheehan said he had also been contacted by Steve Parry who has been fundraising with the Australian Air Force Cadets at Lismore.
"Steve is actually going to shave his 'mo' off that he has had for years and years, and the cadets are fundraising as well with all the money raised going to Alison," he said.
To register for the paddle visit http://www.paddleforali.org.
At a glance
People who are unable to paddle can still donate at any Westpac branch.
The account is:
'Ali Sheehan fundraising canoe paddle'
BSB - 032-573
A/C - 242-724