To date only a few close friends and family have been told, however now as things have progressed it is time for us to share it more broadly. Our man ‘Mr Bendigo’, Ash Slattery (36 years old) has been diagnosed with that shitty disease we all hate called Cancer. After having a check-up at his doctor for his bung shoulder and having a crook gut, scans have revealed that there is an incurable cancer in his liver and his colon.
Ash has spent the past few weeks undergoing tests and commences chemotherapy this week. The chemotherapy will be undertaken for a three-month duration. The chemotherapy that Ash has been prescribed is the strongest chemotherapy that can be given. Once chemotherapy is completed Ash’s Oncologist will re-assess the condition and will decide where to from there.
While we will never give up hope and we continuously wish for a miracle, the reality is the cancer needs to reduce more than 90% for the surgeon to even consider surgery in the liver. If the three months of an intense chemotherapy regime does not achieve this goal, then future options are very limited. This is going to be a bloody tough one but Ash and his team of specialists will be trying their hardest for some positive results.
Ash owned and operated Connections BMX for approximately 15 years. During this time, he was unable to leave his commitment at the shop to take a holiday let alone spend time travelling. Since finishing up the business during December 2017, Ash found a new job which he thoroughly enjoyed. Ash spoke regularly about this being his opportunity to save money and see the world. This was going to be his time. However, since the Cancer diagnoses he has had to put work on the back burner and shift his focus to fighting this shithouse disease.
Due to the current circumstances we are looking to help raise funds for Ash. The money raised will aim to help Ash through this tough time. Specifically, we are needing money to cover any unforeseen costs that Medicare may not pick up, general living expenses and most importantly to give Ash a chance to go on some adventures once he is up to it. One dream of Ash’s that we would love to see come true is for Ash to explore Venice.
We were not sure on a set money goal as we have no idea what lies ahead. We are currently taking it one day at a time. However, after much thought we believe that if we were to raise $30,000.00 this would give Ash the ability to travel and live all the experiences he deserves. Any money contribution is greatly appreciated.
We have tried to include as much information as we can to balance people caring about Ash’s current health but also for people to feel that they know enough. The diagnosis is still very new and as we are sure you can all appreciate, very difficult for us all to talk about.
We thank you in advance for your time, kind wishes and generous contributions. Ash is the kind of guy who has always helped others and will go out of his way to assist someone in need. Let’s all work together to give something back to the guy we all love, Ash.
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