Dire diagnosis can’t stop a former Eagle
A PANCREATIC cancer diagnosis was the last thing former Whitsunday Sea Eagles vice-president Steve MacGregor expected when he visited his doctor.
MacGregor booked an appointment after suffering soreness he believed was caused by a heavy tackle during the ‘Tropical Debbie Cup’ a few weeks ago.
After receiving the news, he travelled to Townsville Hospital for a biopsy and was told that if the cancer metastasised, chemotherapy would be his only option, giving him a 50% chance of survival.
Despite the health scare, MacGregor was out and about at the Whitsunday Sportspark the weekend before last helping to coach junior AFL games.
“They gave me my coaching role again with my kids and they were excited to see me,” he said.
“The Bald Eagles have also really helped me. I used to work with Jack Lumby on Shute Harbour and he has been comforting and has really helped me through it.
“I’m staying positive with my family rather than being in a bed doing nothing.”
MacGregor’s connection with the Sea Eagles stretches as far back as 1990 when the side was known as the ‘Whitsunday Bloods’.
“I came up here in 1990 and went into a couple of grand finals and played ever since,” he said.
“I love my football and I’m big with the Eagles and do as much as possible with that club to keep them up and going.”
MacGregor said he spoke to the club president who was in the stages of organising a party to welcome him home. The Bald Eagles have contributed $300 to assist him with medical procedures in Townsville. WHITSUNDAY Shire Family Day Care have rallied in support of one of their long-time families, Caroline Gouge and her three-year -old son Braxton.
Whitsunday Shire Family Day Care surprised Caroline, who was recently given a terminal cancer diagnosis, with a morning tea last week, where she was presented with a number of donations.
Co-ordinator Amanda Brett said it was an emotional morning for all.
“Caroline is such a beautiful, dedicated mother to little Braxton and we were all devastated to hear the diagnosis and we wanted to do something to help Caroline to preserve memories for Braxton’s future,” she said.
When the day care became aware of Caroline’s terminal cancer diagnosis, they reached out to the community, their educators and families for support to raise funds, initially for a recordable bear for Braxton and a photo shoot to capture mum and son memories. They were inundated with offers and donations.
Caroline was overwhelmed by the generosity.
“I cannot believe how supportive our little community is,” she said. “Thank you everyone, so very much. It’s all about Brax, not me. We are doing it all for him.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to assist Caroline with the financial burdens of medical expenses and to create lasting memories for Braxton.
To see who donated visit whitsundaytimes.com.au.
TOGETHER: Scott and Steve MacGregor are standing strong in the face of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.