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Community rallies to send cancer patient on trip of a lifetime

TOUGH JOURNEY: Jamie Hewett (centre), of Brassall, is fighting multiple myeloma and has the support of his sister Rene Hewett, brother Daniel Torney and children Jack, Sam and Carrie.
TOUGH JOURNEY: Jamie Hewett (centre), of Brassall, is fighting multiple myeloma and has the support of his sister Rene Hewett, brother Daniel Torney and children Jack, Sam and Carrie. David Nielsen

THE story of 39-year-old Jamie Hewett is an uplifting tale of one man's fight against fate.

After being diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2011, doctors gave the Brassall dad just one month to live.

Almost three years later - against all odds - the former crane operator is still here and trying to live life to the full.

"Each morning I am grateful for another day I get to spend with my family," the father-of-three said.

"I just hope that I am still around to see my kids grow up to graduate and to walk my daughter down the wedding aisle."

Mr Hewett has stage three multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells that attacks the production of normal blood cells.

To survive, he has required regular dosages of chemotherapy and radiation therapy as well as stem cell transplants.

While Mr Hewett continues his brave battle with the cancer, family and friends are trying to help him fulfil a lifelong dream.

His older sister, Rene Hewett, said her brother had always wanted to take a holiday to Tasmania.

"He and his wife Rebecca have been meaning to go since they were married about 17 years ago," she said.

"Unfortunately they've never had the spare money to afford it."

Ms Hewett said she had started a campaign to raise $3000 so that the couple could go on the long-desired trip.

Thanks to the support of family and the community, about half the funds have already been raised.

This Sunday, a sausage-sizzle fundraiser will be held at Cameron Park in Booval from 9.30am to 12.30pm, with meat donated by Better Buy Meats at Yamanto.

Mr Hewett said he had not been aware of the fundraising endeavour until only recently and was touched by the gesture.

"It's been a challenging journey; my wife and kids have been amazing through this tough time," he said.

"Since I wasn't able to work anymore, we lost our house to pay for the treatment.

"But we've received a lot of support from our church which has helped us stay afloat."

The fundraising event this Sunday will also feature a jumping castle for kids.

Email Rene on rene.hewett@yahoo.com.au to donate.

Topics:  cancer fundraiser



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