Cancer Sucks fair dinkum

Last night I was going to write some humorous witty blog but then thought nope I’ll wait until tomorrow….

Early this morning (around 1am Wed 24th) my mate Brian sent me a message so as not to wake me to let me know that his missus Kell had passed away.   I was awake and dumbfounded when I read the text.   Typically in this modern era we texted back and forth rather than spoke on the phone.   I knew he was crying and who wouldn’t be, he had just lost his partner to a cruel and debilitating disease.

I thought back only to Sunday when we went over to visit and even though Kell was in pain and on a morphine pump she still smiled and laughed at our stupid jokes.   On Monday Brian said that they were admitting her to hospital as she had taken a turn for the worst and that he was trying to cope with the kids as they and him were upset.   “No I’m fine” he said “she’ll be right”.   Not even 48hrs later and she was gone.

Brian met Kell only four years ago and being the man he is also took responsibility for Kell’s kids including one with down syndrome.   He adopted them and said if anything happens he would continue to look after them.   None of us expected this to happen so soon.   Kell had been feeling sick and had a lump for a couple of years and all the doctors bar one, said it was nothing, this one doctor said hmmm and sent for further tests and they found Cancer but basically it was too late.

This brought back memories of my own fathers struggle with Cancer and how it affects everyone concerned.   It also brought to light how vulnerable we all are and that maybe we are not so tough and as strong as we think we are.

Now as I listen to the song Crackin’ Cancer (I wrote it to raise money for Cancer Research), the second verse was and is about my father, the third verse reminds me of Kell and the news she was told.

You never know what is goin to happen in life, don’t leave everything to the last minute as you may not get to do or say what you wanted to.

That’s it for now, I’m not as angry as when I started typing but I’ll leave you with these words… If in doubt, check it out!!

Till later – Leigh

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A big thank-you to The Uniform Place

I just wanted to give a big thank-you to The Uniform Place in Newcastle NSW Australia.   They covered the cost of the embroidery design, the Crackin’ Cancer badges and my shirts including my logo and the Crackin’ Cancer logo.

This is a huge help and it means we can order badges and raise money for Cancer Research.   Again a big thank-you to The Uniform Place, I/We are indebted to you.

Catch you next time – Leigh

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Crackin’ Cancer Horse Trek fundraiser a success!

Well it was hard work but it was definitely worth it.   The Crackin’ Cancer fundraiser wasCrackin' Cancer Logo a horse trek over 7 days in a beautiful area at the Three Waters Holiday Homestead at Bullock Mountain near Glen Innes in NSW Australia.

Steve's faithful horse

I played every night and then some plus there was horse treks

Steve Langley having a break

during the day with Steve Langley leading the treks.   Steve Langley is an amazing person picture this, he’s 75yrs of age and he led the horse treks each day covering between 25 to 35klms each time.   To top that off he would gallop the last 500mtrs of each ride, incredible!



The song I wrote Crackin’ Cancer was a hit and is now the voice of the fundraiser which will now be an annual event.

After a week of 5am starts and 11pm finishes for the week I must admit I was glad to get home to recover, tho Steve Langley introduced me to this drink which warmed me up in the mornings.   Take an equal amount of Bundy Rum and condensed milk, stir it, let it sit on the tongue then let it roll down your throat – beautiful tho a tad sweet but nectar none the less!
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Till next time – Leigh

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Crackin Cancer for Cancer Research – April 10th 2011

Crackin' Cancer Logo

The Great Crackin’ Cancer Horse Trail Ride – 
to raise money for cancer research!

When: Sunday April 10th thru Saturday 16th April 2011

What Do The Organisers Provide? Three meals a day, Showers and toilets, Cleaning, Insurance, Camping Areas, Provision for horses, A Daily Run Into Glen Innes: for if you need supplies, Entertainment: Country Music Singer Leigh Warren, Ride Marshalls, Qualified Nurse.

For more details please visit http://www.crackincancer.com on how you can help by either attending or via a donation to the following address:
Crackin’ Cancer C/O Cancer Council NSWP.O. Box 531AlstonvilleNSW2477

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