CANNY IDEA FOR CAN­CER CHAR­ITY

The Sunday Times - - News - TREVOR PADDENBURG

WEST Coast Ea­gles play­ers Chris Mas­ten and Dom Sheed have opened up about the scourge of sar­coma, a group of rare can­cers both play­ers have been touched by.

Sheed’s cousin Si­mon Hicks suf­fered sar­coma while Mas­ten’s friend Scott Spald­ing has an 18-year-old daugh­ter, Macken­zie, un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with sar­coma, which refers to a group of more than 50 rare can­cers ap­pear­ing most com­monly in bone or mus­cle tis­sue.

Af­ter see­ing how dev­as­tat­ing the dis­ease can be, both Sheed and Mas­ten signed up as am­bas­sadors for char­ity Sock It To Sar­coma (SITS).

This week, they were hard at work in the South West bot­tling a new beer they pro­duced in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Rocky Ridge Brew­ing Com­pany, with all the prof­its go­ing to SITS.

Mr Spald­ing, who runs a wine and beer dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany, was in­spired to help the char­ity af­ter his daugh­ter was di­ag­nosed with os­teosar­coma in her leg fol­low­ing a rou­tine phys­io­ther­apy ap­point­ment.

Rocky Ridge owner Hamish Coates agreed to help pro­duce a spe­cial char­ity beer — “Kenny Wagon Wild Ze­bra Stout” in hon­our of McKen­zie, whose nick­name is Kenny — with the help of Mas­ten, who has been work­ing with Mr Spald­ing with a view to a post-foot­ball ca­reer, and Sheed, who is a part-time sales rep for Rocky Road.

“I got in­volved with SITS af­ter my cousin Si­mon got di­ag­nosed with it. He was one of the lucky ones — they caught it early, which is the main thing when it comes to sar­coma,” Sheed said.

Mas­ten said see­ing young McKen­zie bat­tling sar­coma gal­vanised him to be­come in­volved in rais­ing aware­ness about the dis­ease.

Two spe­cial events to launch the new char­ity beer will be held at Perth’s Big Bop­per Burg­ers on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day night. For tick­ets con­tact the venue or sockit­tosar­coma.org.au.

Brew­ing up a storm: Rocky Ridge Brew­ery is launch­ing a char­ity beer to help Sock it to Sar­coma. West Coast Ea­gles Chris Mas­ten (front) and Dom Sheed (rear) with Macken­zie Spald­ing and Scott Spald­ing. Pic­ture: Paul Done­gan/In Sight Photography.

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