Ceremony a family affair

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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Fighters: Noel and Maree Laming will open the 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer walkathon at Campbelltown Stadium on October 14. Picture: Anna WarrThe 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur has always been a family affair.
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Now, a family will cut the ribbon at this year’s opening ceremony.

Noel and Maree Laming and their grandson Tomas were selected to open the walkathon.

The grandparents are both going through cancer battles at the moment –Noel has prostate cancer and Maree has breast cancer.

Six-year-old Tomas has been battling leukaemia his whole life.

“It’s all a bit overwhelming, to say the least,” Mrs Laming said.“But we are all only too happy to do it –I think the Campbelltown people are very giving people.”

The Leumeah couple has lived in the area for almost 60 years and feels the support of the community and its charitable nature cannot be understated.

They are both full of praise for the 24 Hour Fight and its founder and chairman Fred Borg.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable what Fred Borg and his team have done for the community –it’s almost beyond understanding,” Mr Laming said.

“Anyone can get involved once something has started, but to get something off the ground and be a pioneer is hard.

“Most pioneers are buried long before they get the recognition for their work.”

Mr Laming said having the opportunity to be involved in the charity’s marquee event was “staggering”.

The pair had long been supporters of the 24 Hour Fight through business Richardson and Wrench.

“The girls at the office had put a team together,” Mrs Laming said.

“It’s good that so many businesses get involved.Every bit of support helps.”

That support –from businesses and generous community members alike –has helped the charity fund numerous cancer services in the region.

These services have allowed many of Macarthur’s cancer patients to undergo most, if not all, of their treatment in the area.

“When we lived in Ingleburn years ago there wasn’t even a hospital in Campbelltown, we had to go to Liverpool or Camden if the weather was good and you could get over the bridge,” Mr Laming said.

“I’ve had more visits to hospital in the last two tothree months than ever before and they’re all here in Campbelltown.

“I don’t know exactly how much of that is down to the 24 Hour Fight, but they’ve certainly made an impact.”

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