Family revs up cancer fight
FAMILY means everything to the McShanes.
In November 2016, Marty (44) was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in May thanks to his perfect donor match brother.
However, in January a scan revealed his leukaemia had returned.
“The doctors are buying us some time; they have told us this type of cancer is smart and learns how to avoid the chemo and it will continue to return,” wife Tarsha said.
“We had a heartbreaking decision: either go home and spend a few weeks together as a family or to start treatment in the hope of giving us a few more months together.
“The turning point for Marty was being told our friends had organised a backyard blitz.
“Once he knew that, he was determined to fight for them, to fight to be able to have a beer in his new backyard with his friends.”
The past 16 months have been “so hard” for the McShanes but help has been found in their Wanneroo Junior Motocross Club family. www.communitypix.com.au d480770
For four years, sons Sam (12) and Ben (9) have been riding at the club, inspiring Mr McShane to also give it a go.
But when they’re not on the track, they are volunteering their time, with Mrs McShane running the canteen, the boys cleaning up around the track and Mr McShane doing “whatever jobs need to be done”.
In response to their commitment, members of the club pulled together to renovate the McShanes’ Wanneroo backyard.
Mr McShane said he was “absolutely blown away by the generosity of people and local businesses that have given time and money to create something so special for us”.
This Saturday, the club will also host the inaugural Marty McShane Cup to raise funds for the family.
The event will feature junior and senior solo and quad events as well as raffles and auctions, with attendees asked to wear something orange in support of leukaemia.
There will also be a cup presented to the rider who shows the same fighting spirit as Mr McShane.
Tarsha McShane with sons Sam (front) and Ben.