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Local community gets behind cancer sufferer

Donated sheep: Mark Flagg, Barellan livestock agent auctioneering a pen of sheep donated to assist the cause of cancer sufferer, Brad Connellan. Photo: Kylie Ward.Residents in the Ungarie district have stepped in to assist a fellow local who suffers from a rare form of thyroid cancer.

Brad Connellan grew up in Ungarie, and followed in his fathers career direction buying a truck and carting grain after he left school.

He sold the truck about eights ago when there was little grain to cart due to the drought and moved to Canberra.

He met his wife Janene there, and they married and now have two daughters, Shelby, 4,and Izzy,2.

Friend and Ungarie district farmer, Scott Robb said Brad has been recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

“It has spread through his spine, hip and glands,” Mr Robb said.

“So it will be a very tough road ahead.”

To support the Connellan family, ahuge fund raising effort has been organised to help with expensive medication and treatment.

Local farmers have been donating sheep and lambs to the cause, and recent sales of have seen donated lambs make $300.

The sheep drive was arranged by local farmers, Mick Apps and Martin Cattle, with thefreightdonated by Danny Tulloch from Barellan.

All together, 122 sheep and lambs have been sold in support of the charity, raising $16,895 for the Connellan family.

A charity day is organised in March with auction of donated items, with Hutcheon and Pearce already donating a ride on John Deere mower, trailer and childrens toy.

The Ungarie Bowling Club will be the venue for a benefit night on 5 March, organised by Kylie Ward, andTony and Michelle Carr.

“I wanted to help any way I could and started the Facebook event to get it known and get as much response as we could,” Mrs Ward said.

“We have had so many donations it is unbelievable!”

Brad has a rare form of thyroid cancer ( medullary) which has spread to his spine and hips.There is no treatment so Brad is doing a trial treatment and having radiation for the pain.

Donations can be made through Tony Carr on 0403341041 at the Ungarie Bowling Club.

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