‘Blown away’ by help

Fam­ily over­whelmed by sup­port as com­mu­nity ral­lies be­hind mother bat­tling can­cer

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian McKee

AF­TER feel­ing sick ear­lier in the year, the last thing Jen­nifer Ca­vanagh of Dharruk ex­pected was to be di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

The mother of two was di­ag­nosed with stage four metastatic can­cer and, af­ter al­ready hav­ing had treat­ment for breast can­cer more than nine years ago, Mrs Ca­vanagh said the di­ag­no­sis came as a shock.

“I wasn't ex­pect­ing it. The kids were just dev­as­tated,” she said.

But the com­mu­nity, and es­pe­cially her chil­dren’s sports clubs, have thrown their sup­port be­hind the pop­u­lar mum, to help the fam­ily through a tough time. Mrs Ca­vanagh, 46, is cur­rently hav­ing her fifth chemo­ther­apy treat­ment.

Daugh­ter Char­lie is heav­ily in­volved in the Tregear Net­ball Club as both a player and an um­pire. This Satur­day, the club will host a pink day at Po­pon­detta Park to raise funds for the Ca­vanaghs.

Club pres­i­dent Mar­garet Weir said Po­pon­detta Park would be turned pink for Jen.

“I was so taken aback when I found out about Jen – another mum came to me and sug­gested we do some­thing, and we came up with the fundraiser,” Mrs Weir said.

“It is her third year with the club and she is such a lovely lady, she is very sup­port­ive.

“She will al­ways help if any­thing is needed.

“We will have a bucket for do­na­tions and will be do­ing an auc­tion as well – we have a signed Soc­ceroos jer­sey, a Wan­der­ers jer­sey and the Swifts net­ball team also sent a signed bib.”

Mrs Ca­vanagh said she and her fam­ily had been over­whelmed by the sup­port of the com­mu­nity since her di­ag­no­sis.

“I have been blown away by the sup­port; it re­ally does give us so much strength,” she said.

“It is hard to put into words what it means to us.

“This com­mu­nity re­ally is beau­ti­ful and they re­store any doubt you have in hu­man kind­ness – peo­ple we don’t even know have been help­ing out.

“We have such a huge sup­port net­work ... my son plays for the St Clair Crows and they did some­thing for us last week too.

“Many of the boys wore pink bean­ies and some of the men from the club shaved their heads af­ter­wards. It was un­be­liev­able.”

Jen­nifer Ca­vanagh with her fam­ily Mark, 12, Char­lie, 13, and hus­band Troy at their Dharruk home. Pic­ture: Justin San­son

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