A Great Cause to Help Michael’s Son Joey

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Michael Lynch is a name fa­mil­iar to rac­ing fans all over the coun­try, but par­tic­u­larly in NSW and Vic­to­ria, where he is a sports writer cov­er­ing rac­ing for the Mel­bourne Age and the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald. Lynch cov­ered many of the big sto­ries through the re­cent Vic­to­rian spring car­ni­val, and will be track­side again in the au­tumn when the big Group Ones are be­ing con­tested in Mel­bourne and Syd­ney. But he is also run­ning his own race; a race against time to try and raise money to help fund his son Joey's po­ten­tially life­sav­ing can­cer treat­ment in the USA. Joey, aged 23, is suf­fer­ing from Hodgkins Lym­phoma, a dis­ease he was di­ag­nosed with at the age of 16. He has ex­hausted all treat­ment op­tions in Aus­tralia, where the only op­tion for him now is pal­lia­tive care. But in the US a rad­i­cal can­cer trial is tak­ing place, one which Joey's on­col­o­gists have rec­om­mended he be con­sid­ered for. The USA re­search cen­tre has con­di­tion­ally given him ap­proval to be a guinea pig for this new treat­ment, but only on con­di­tion that his fam­ily can raise US600,000 to cover the costs of a hos­pi­tal stay as they don't have any US med­i­cal in­sur­ance. The re­search drugs are free, but the Amer­i­can med­i­cal sys­tem isn't and the hos­pi­tal in which Joey would be treated is in­sist­ing on all the money up front be­fore he can be part of the trial. It hardly seems fair, but that's how the world works, cer­tainly in the USA. The Aus­tralian govern­ment has not yet li­censed the trial drug, and may not for an­other two years. That's two years that Joey prob­a­bly doesn't have. The rac­ing in­dus­try has al­ready been very gen­er­ous, and at the start of De­cem­ber Lynch, work­ing with the can­cer char­ity Can­teen, had raised $A300,000. That's a fan­tas­tic ef­fort, but it is still not half of what is needed. So if you can sup­port the ap­peal in any way, please do. Ev­ery cent helps. Go to sup­port­joey.com.au to do­nate di­rectly, or con­tact Michael Lynch on 0409 933 064 or email: mlynch@fair­fax­me­dia.com.au To view the en­tire ar­ti­cle that ap­peared in the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald Oc­to­ber 6, 2015 - 2:08PM, click on:



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