Fam­ily revs up cancer fight

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

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.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Tar­sha McShane with sons Sam (front) and Ben.

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