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Corey's brave battle gains support

Monday, 25th March, 2013

BDT Circulation Manager Cherie Carroll (centre) with Michelle and Bob Hawes and the Amanda Johnson painting which is being raffled to help their son Corey pay for cancer treatment. BDT Circulation Manager Cherie Carroll (centre) with Michelle and Bob Hawes and the Amanda Johnson painting which is being raffled to help their son Corey pay for cancer treatment.

By Gayle Ball

The plight of a former local fighting a terminal cancer diagnosis continues to strike a chord with Broken Hill residents, who have opened their hearts and wallets to help.

Corey Hawes, 34, was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer late last year and decided to forgo traditional chemotherapy treatment.

Instead he flew to a specialist clinic in Germany where he underwent a new form of treatment which doctors say was successful in reducing the size of his tumors.

Treatment bills have so far topped $46,000 and Corey will have to undergo an operation - either in Sydney or Germany - to remove the tumors.

Because none of the treatment has been covered by private or public health insurance services in Australia, Corey's friends and family started a massive fundraising effort on his behalf.

His parents, BH couple Bob and Michelle Hawes, say they have received support from people far and wide.

The Barrier Daily Truth recently asked for donations and Circulation Manager Cherie Carroll said the response had been overwhelming.

Mrs Carroll said artist Amanda Johnson had donated an original artwork valued at $500.

The painting will be the prize of a raffle to be drawn on July 1 and tickets - which go on sale next week - will cost $2 each.

"Amanda jumped on board very quickly as she is a very caring person who likes to help others," Mrs Carroll said.

"She didn't wish to be made a fuss of but I think she deserves some recognition."

A number of other items will also be up for grabs in the BDT's Mother's Day Raffle.

The basket of goodies includes a beautiful handcrafted teddy (donated by Mrs Lynott), chocolates, biscuits, a bottle of wine with two plastic coloured wine glasses that light up, two DVDs, a china platter, two boxed candles and an ornate garden hanger.

Tickets cost $1 each and are only available at the BDT's front office. It will be drawn on May 6.

Mrs Carroll said she would like to thank the generous public of Broken Hill who have already made donations, big and small, to help raise funds for Corey, whose father Bob is a BDT employee.

"Broken Hill people really open up their hearts and pockets when they genuinely see a need, and if it wasn't for them we would have nothing," Mrs Carroll said.

"Some people just come in and hand over a big note and want nothing in return. Thank you!"

The BDT is also running an Easter Egg guessing competition which will close at noon on Saturday and be drawn on Monday.

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