Young, healthy and battling testicular cancer
UPDATE: 10:15am: SURGERY on Wednesday was a success for Patrick Gorbunovs who at 34 was diagnosed with testicular cancer last week - shocking his family and friends.
From Lismore Base Hospital this morning Mr Gorbunovs thanked the Northern Star for promoting a crowd-funding campaign started by his sister Anna Ellis, which has raised more than $10,000 in two days.
"Surgery went well mate, get out of hospital today," he said.
"I have to wait to find out more re: chemo.
"I just need to rest and recuperate now.
So far, 178 people have donated to the crowd-funding campaign to assist Mr Gorbunovs while he undergoes chemotherapy and recovers, with many leaving messages for support on the gofundme webpage.
Annette Perryman posted "What a lucky man Patrick you are - with such loving family and friends around to support you."
Andrew Collinge said "All the best mate."
"Wish I could give more but things are very tight.
"Hope to see you back at army soon.
"We will catch up for a beer when you are well enough."
"You're never out of the fight," Samuel Smith posted.
"Stand strong my brother.
"You've got this mate."
INITIAL REPORT February 3: FIGHTING fit, 34, and with the world at his feet, Patrick Gorbunovs, was living the dream Northern Rivers life until he was diagnosed with testicular cancer last week - shocking family and friends.
To help support the former Northern Star staff photographer through his surgery and battle with cancer, his sister Anna Ellis started a crowd-funding campaign.
"Pat was recently on a training deployment overseas when he started to feel discomfort which became progressively worse, prompting him to have medical investigations," she posted.
"Last week he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and he was due to have surgery yesterday.
"Pat was diagnosed with cancer and had to stop working immediately, losing his income indefinitely.
"Your donations allow Pat the freedom to get through this time without the stress of money and to consider the medical choices available to him with a level head."
To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/nkmrepmc