Seymour-based policeman will take part in a 200km ride for a worthy cause.CHALPAT SONTI August 8, 2014 3:42am
Seymour-based police officer Blaire Wells has a personal reason to take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.
A Seymour-based police officer is so grateful for the lifesaving treatment and help he received from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre that he is doing the hard yards to give back to it.
Blaire Wells, a Senior Constable with the Highway Patrol, will cycle more than 200
The 43-year-old was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma in January 2004 after he noticed a lump on his neck under his ear. The lump was removed about two weeks later but three days after that, the-then diesel mechanic’s mother died as the result of melanoma.
Snr Const Wells and his wife were also in the process of undergoing IVF because they wanted to start a family (they now have two boys aged seven and four) and that had to be sorted out before he started treatment. But not having treatment was never an option.
‘‘When we had our first meeting with doctors I was told, ‘do nothing and you’ll probably be dead in three months — start treatment and the chances of full recovery are high’,’’ Snr Const Wells said.
‘‘This full recovery was partly due to me going straight to the doctor and not sitting on the problem like most blokes would do. I was able to catch my cancer in the early stages before it spread.’’
Initial treatment at Peter Mac was seven months in and out of the centre, followed by two years of ‘‘maintenance’’ chemotherapy once a month. He still has regular checkups.
‘‘I don’t know how to express how thankful I am to all these people,’’ Snr Const Wells said.
‘‘I’m taking part in the ride to give something back. I believe every little bit counts. Research and treatment programs unfortunately require money to keep them going .
Snr Const Wells joined the police force four-and-a-half years ago.
He hopes to raise $2500 before the ride and had $950 by the end of last week. One of the major fundraisers will be a raffle with friends donating goods, while many work-mates have also dipped into their pockets.
To donate online, visit www.ml14.conquercancer.org.au and click on ‘‘donate’’ down the left hand side. You will be taken to a page where you can enter the name ‘‘Blaire Wells’’ and be taken to his fundraising site.
Alternatively, you can drop in a donation at Seymour police station. Leave your details on the envelope (which should be addressed to Snr Const Wells) and he will arrange for a receipt if required.
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