BATTLER: Toby Wedrat.
BATTLER: Toby Wedrat.

Club joins cancer fight

FOR anyone battling cancer, the road can sometimes feel like a long and solitary one - that is why North Tigers Football Club is supporting one of its own, Toby Wedrat.

The 15-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma earlier this year and has been undergoing chemotherapy to stop the spread of his cancer. To help defray the substantial costs of his medical treatment, the club held a fundraising concert at its football grounds on Saturday, which raised $6000.

The afternoon event featured live entertainment from local bands, as well as rides and food.

Among those who turned up to show their support was Toby's team-mate and friend, Zane Ames.

"We were all really down when we heard the news about Toby's illness," the teen said.

"Not only is he one of our best players - he's one of our best mates, too.

"We all gathered here today to let Toby know that we're here for him during this difficult time."

Toby underwent his third round of chemotherapy this week, but still managed to attend the special fundraiser with his grandparents.

The St Edmunds College student said he had been blown away by the club's efforts to help him out.

"I am especially grateful to Sandy McKlaren, Kate Webber and Karen McDonald, and their families who spent countless hours putting this all together," he said.

"I also want to thank the rest of the club and the community for all their support.

"When I was diagnosed with this illness, I was pretty shocked. "And I was really disappointed when I had to give up sport and playing footy for the club.

"But with the support from family, friends and the community I know I will beat this cancer."

If you would like to make a donation towards Toby's recovery, phone Karen on 0427 178 368.

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