Ea­gles band with youth for a cure

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PREPA­RA­TIONS for the West Coast Ea­gles’ an­nual Dig Deep match next month are un­der­way, with the club se­lect­ing its young am­bas­sadors.

Among them is City Beach res­i­dent Alex Ceglinksi, who was just four when doc­tors found a brain tu­mour on her cere­bel­lum.

The di­ag­no­sis led to three days of surgery to suc­cess­fully re­move the en­tire tu­mour.

Alex helped launch this year’s Can­cer Coun­cil WA fundraiser re­cently with a group of chil­dren who have each had their own can­cer jour­ney.

They met West Coast’s Can­cer Coun­cil WA am­bas­sadors An­drew Gaff and Luke Shuey, who are al­ready spruik­ing the $5 wrist­bands that sup­port­ers can buy ahead of Dig Deep Day and wear to the Ea­gles home game against Mel­bourne on July 23.

“We have man­aged to raise $1.1 mil­lion so far,” Shuey said.

“It’s a huge ef­fort, but this year we are look­ing to raise at least an­other $100,000.

“We are aim­ing to find a cure for can­cer, as ev­ery­one is.”

Dig Deep wrist­bands are al­ready on sale at Cal­tex ser­vice sta­tions, the Ea­gles team store and Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s shop in Su­bi­aco.

"I urge any West Coast or Mel­bourne sup­port­ers out there to get along to the game and sup­port a bat­tle that is a much big­ger bat­tle than the game it­self," Shuey said.

Alex Ceglinksi (front left) and other mas­cots shows off the wrist­bands with Ea­gles play­ers An­drew Gaff and Luke Shuey.

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