What a wonderful community we live in .. Yesterday the Under 12s Bay Tigers team mates had their heads shaved in RESPECT of their mate ELI.. and his battle with brain cancer . .
The head shave event was held at the Bayview Hotel , the home turf of the Batemans Bay Tigers. Eli's team mates are asking for donations to raise money from their HEAD SHAVE... ELI has a few weeks before he starts 7mths of Chemo....@ Royal Childrens Hospital in Sydney.. Every $ counts
Donations can be directly to Eli's fundraising accounts listed below ... Your donations will be greatly appreciated You can donate on line via the Go Fund Me website page "Fighting For Eli" Click HERE to make a donation or leave a message or you can bank transfer into: Bay Tigers JFC Eli Chatfield Bsb 801009 Acc No 1000 389 09 Bank Service One Batemans Bay Sheridan Batistic of Batemans Bay BMX Club, who attended the fundraiser was delighted with the turn out and the wonderful show of community support. "Well done to all of the Bay Tigers boys for shaving off their hair in support of their mate. What a great bunch of kids and what great support from the community! The Fundraising will continue at our Batemans Bay BMX Club Open next weekend so if you're keen to have your hair shaved to support young Eli head to the track next Sunday" Fundraising organiser Rachael Rogan fills in some background. "Unfortunately cancer is not unfamiliar to Eli, having lost his Dad to cancer last year, something that no boy should have to go through. Now in another cruel blow this family is doing battle with cancer once again. Eli was running around playing footy with his mates, enjoying normal 11 year old boy life.. then in one day everything changed. Just a few weeks ago Eli and his Mum Sarah, and brother Tremaine, were told at Canberra hospital that Eli required urgent surgery to remove a tumour on his medulla ( the base of the brain) above the brain stem. He was rushed to Sydney Children's Hospital where they removed most of the tumour, unfortunately they could not get a small amount in the brain stem, and scans showed patches infiltrating the spine from pathology showing a medulloblastoma. "His team at the Kids Hospital are confident that they will remove this with aggressive radiotherapy and chemotherapy. "We want the best support possible for his treatment ahead in Sydney, which is expected to be quite a few months just for treatment. Before Eli's diagnosis he was a super happy kid, who loved his footy, his mates and family, his world has completely changed, but hopefully with necessary urgent funds we can support our Bay tiger, our mate. "Thanks for your consideration and generosity. Bay Tigers Junior Football Club Batemans Bay "For further information please contact our fundraising group at Bay Tigers Jeff Cox (treasurer) Nathan Forrest (President), Shani Briggs, Belinda Forrest, Rachael Rogan, Belinda Whiteman. "This our Brave Eli ready to play football just a few weeks prior his diagnosis and after brain surgery"