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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 29 2008
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 30, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Club joins Matt in battle Matt Davidson (in black) in action on the field. FIONA BRADY Colleagues of bar worker and footballer Matt Davidson at Wests Ashfield have donated part of their wages to help him through cancer. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP203256 WHEN promising young footballer and Wests Ashfield em- ployee Matt Davidson was diag- nosed with leukemia earlier this year, no one could quite believe it. The 19-year-old front rower, who is the son of Balmain Hall of Fame inductee John Davidson, looked the picture of health and had been on the verge of making his big break from the National Youth Competition to first grade. ''His life was going really well, he was on his last year of his apprenticeship, his football was taking off and he was happy in himself,'' his mum Tina Davidson said. ''Then the rug was pulled out from under him with no warning, no rhyme, no reason.'' The strapping young footballer who was initially given just a 20 to 60 per cent chance of survival began wasting away. ''That killed me as a mum, watching him go down from 108kg to 76,'' Mrs Davidson said. ''He's 6ft4in and he was like a skeleton.'' While the family nursed him through exhausting rounds of chemotherapy, Wests Ashfield staff were desperate to help. The teenager had been working as an apprentice airconditioning mechanic at the club for three months and Wests' employee re- lations officer Glenda Schroder said he is very popular. ''Because of the nature of his illness, we couldn't go out and see him,'' she said. ''So we set up a scheme where staff could donate an hour of their weekly pay. ''It was voluntary but 90 per cent of them did it, even people who didn't know him very well.'' CEO Andy Timms described Wests as ''one big family''. ''If anyone had a similar illness, we'd do the same,'' he said. The money helped with things like Matt's car loan which would otherwise have fallen on his parents. Mrs Davidson said she doesn't know how to thank the club for all their ''financial and emotional support.'' ''When Matt began improving my daughter and I took off to Wests Ashfield and had lunch with Glenda and met everybody and they just blew me out of the water,'' she said. ''People are just so nice. It brought me to tears, but a differ- ent sort of tears.'' The good news is that Matt is out of hospital, is in remission and has been improving rapidly. He's almost back to his original weight. Relay starts on Saturday CANADA Bay's cancer survivors, patients, carers and supporters are invited to attend Relay For Life this Saturday at Sid Richards Oval in Nullawarra Ave, Concord West. The opening ceremony will be- gin at 3.30pm and the event will be held overnight. ''Council is pleased to support Relay For Life and The Cancer Council NSW in this important event and encourages the Canada Bay community to get involved,'' Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said. ''At the opening ceremony, sur- vivors and carers are invited to walk the first lap of the relay so others can honour their fight. ''Supporters line the track and join in after the first lap.'' At 7.30pm there will be a candlelight ceremony of hope where participants write mess- ages of hope and remembrance on candle bags which are then lit and placed around the track. Concord West's Laura Merlino is a breast cancer survivor who has taken part in the Relay for Life for four years and described it as a great event. ''We set up tents, light a candle for people who lost their lives, there's music . . . you never get bored. There's something for everyone to enjoy and the kids love it,'' she said. ''Come along.'' 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