Fundraiser on hold
By DARREN COYNE
A Leukaemia Foundation fundraiser being organised by Banora Point man Stuart Curtain for this weekend has been cancelled.
Mr Curtain is terminally ill in Tweed Heads Hospital with leukaemia.
The fundraiser was set down for this Sunday at the Twin Towns Juniors Club in Fraser Drive.
However, Mr Curtain has deteriorated rapidly since being hospitalised three weeks ago.
The Daily News reported in January that Mr Curtain has been organising fundraisers for three years, since his son Aaron was diagnosed with the illness.
And although he vowed to make Sunday's fundraiser the biggest ever, the father of three has sadly deteriorated rapidly.
Leukaemia Foundation regional community fundraising co-ordinator Gillian Rumpf said the event would be held later in the year.
"It's an incredible testament that each and every person who was going to be involved in the event is prepared to go ahead at a later date.
"It speaks volumes about Stuart and the type of person he is," she said.
"It has happened so quickly which shows just how aggressive this disease can be.
"He's a fighter and we're all hoping for a miracle, but sadly it's expected that the fundraiser will now become a memorial event."
The 43-year-old has been responsible for raising around $40,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation in the past.