Close to home cancer stories lead fireys to get around Movember
CANCER has become one of those things that seems part and parcel of most peoples lives.
Few can say they don’t know someone who has battled through it.
Advanced care paramedic and Stanthorpe firey Andrew Bell can attest to that.
He lost his father to the disease and has watched his mother fight it.
He, along with a dozen members of the Stanthorpe Fire Brigade, are doing their bit to raise money and awareness.
“We’re raising funds this Movember for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in our lives and we’re just looking for people to donate to support men’s health.
“Things like cancer, mental health, suicide prevention. Through this fundraising effort we’ll be growing moustaches and shaving the end of November.
“I don’t think this day and age anyone isn’t touched by someone with cancer.
“My father died from cancer and my mother is going through chemotherapy at the moment.
“The first donation we got was from a firefighter at another station who has just been battling cancer himself.
“As a paramedic we’re always dealing with patients with cancer, as well as the mental health issues and suicide.
“With things so bad at the moment we’ve really got to be looking after everyone’s mental health as well.
“We’re very lucky in Stanthorpe - a very resilient area. There’s a lot of support and comraderie in town,” Mr Bell said.
Over the month they’ll also run, walk or jog 60 kilometres.
At the start of December they’ll hold a barbecue where the participants will under go a shave.
For Reece Lancaster-Kelly, it could be a bitter sweet day.
“He already has the big, bushy moustache. He said if we can raise $1000 he’ll shave it off.
“He’s had it since he was a teenager. Don’t know if he’s told his wife yet but he agreed to it the other night,” Mr Bell said.
If you want to support the guys with a donation head to au.movember.com/mospace/14053490.