News

Gatton's big heart for cancer stricken Cobie

Cobie Taylor has left on a whirlwind trip to Germany to seek further treatment for illness.
Cobie Taylor has left on a whirlwind trip to Germany to seek further treatment for illness. Sarah Fleming

AT ONLY 20 years old Cobie Taylor needs lifesaving surgery.

The Gatton girl is in Frankfurt, Germany, where she will undergo gamma knife radiotherapy at a cost of close to $40,000.

Cobie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, when she was 15.

However, last week she discovered she had developed pea sized brain tumours.

Gamma knife treatment sees radiation fired at a targeted location of the brain through the use of a surgically fixed helmet. The precise delivery means other areas of the brain can be spared the damaging effects of radiation.

The Gatton community has rallied behind Cobie and her family, with businesses and community groups helping.

The town is collecting money to help the Taylors pay for the treatment as well as travel costs.

According to a post made by Cobie on a community run Facebook page Treatment for Cobie, her radiosurgery is underway.

"It brings us to tears when we look and hear what my family friends and hometown are doing to help save my life and from all of us we sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our hearts," she posted.

The Gatton Supa IGA has led the charge, acting as a collection area for fundraising, since setting up donations through the store on Monday afternoon more than $5800 has been raised by yesterday morning, with more than $1500 raised on Thursday alone.

Co-ordinator for the donations at the store Rachel Knudsen said there had been a huge amount of public support for Cobie.

"Gatton is a small town and Cobie is so well known and liked," she said.

"I launched a Facebook page on Monday and it's got more than 1000 people liking it already to follow what's happening with Cobie and the fundraising efforts."

Alongside donations at the Supa IGA a pre-season rugby league trial game between the weekend's Gatton Hawks and Lowood Stags team saw half of the gate proceeds donated to her along with raffles and fundraisers to be run on the day.

Hawks club president Toby Toohill said the Taylors had a long history with the club.

"We're just trying to do what we can to help out," he said.

"Cobie's family has a long history with us, her partner plays A-Grade for us, her father has coached for us and her brothers have played too.

"We thought with playing Lowood it could be a good opportunity to get a good crowd for her."

A beach volleyball day and a golf day for Cobie are being run while local business The Body Shop at Home are donating all profits from a special pack of soaps to the cause.

Donations can be made to Cobie's treatment at Gatton Supa IGA or to donation tins in Tip Toe Treasures, John O'Brien Toyota, the Lockyer Valley Pharmacy, Lockyer Valley Early Education Centre, Big Dads Pies, Wymans, Kluck Farms, Lisa's Hair with Flair, Gatton Golf Club, Kazam, Yaz Kebabs and McGraths.

Donations can also be made directly to the family with bank account details available on the "Treatment for Cobie" Facebook page.

Topics:  cancer treatment cobie taylor health



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

The long and winding road to recovery

Tweed man and Heavy Hiterz founder Brent Simpson will compete in the Tweed Coast Enduro on Saturday to raise awareness and funding for mental health

"It's amazing what we can do if we believe in ourselves”

Record numbers converge for Tweed Coast Enduro

The third annual Tweed Coast Enduro launches in Pottsville this morning with a large contingent of athletes set to tackle the course.

"There's only so many fit enough to do it”

Convoy to go ahead amid protests by conservationists

Pottsville Men's Shed supporters gather to throw their support behind the current application for building at Black Rocks.

Convoy in support of Men's Shed to go ahead

Local Partners

Convoy to go ahead amid protests by conservationists

POTTSVILLE residents will push ahead with their plan to stage a community march in support of a Men's Shed


REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Neil Finn to headline Bluesfest

Neil Finn, of Crowded House fame, will play in Byron Bay with his wife Sharon and their band The Pyjama Club on June 11.

DON'T dream, it's not over, Neil Finn to hit the stage

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Baby Animals return for One Word 2017 tour

Baby Animals will play Twin Towns on Saturday, March 18 as part of their One Word national tour.

One Word is so much more for rock greats

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

Prime Tweed site sells at auction

SOLD: The old Rivers commercial retail building at 79-81 Wharf St sold at auction for $2.475 million recently.

Tweed development site sold at auction for $2.475 million

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Top 6 infrastructure projects in the Tweed for 2017

The Gold Coast Airport is getting an upgrade.

Find out what's going in the Tweed.

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Waterfront luxury in Tweed

14 The Mainbrace, Tweed Heads

Check out house of the week.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!