Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Toby Has Team on His Side in Cancer Struggle; Footy Club Organises Benefit Concert to Help Young Player in His Fight for Health

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Toby Has Team on His Side in Cancer Struggle; Footy Club Organises Benefit Concert to Help Young Player in His Fight for Health

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Byline: Chris Owen chris.owen@qtcn.com.au

ONE moment 15-year-old Toby Wedrat was playing football for Norths Tigers Junior Rugby League Club; the next he was undergoing chemotherapy to stop the spread of his cancer.

The St Edmunds College student - known for his sense of humour and easy-going nature -- is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma.

And, as his treatment continues, so does the rising cost of his medical care.

To support Toby and his family, Norths club president Norm Scanlan said the club was raising money to help tackle the football player's medical bills.

"He's a great kid and everyone here was shocked and devastated when we heard about his diagnosis," he said.

"No-one could believe that it had happened to him...it goes to show that cancer doesn't discriminate when it comes to age."

This week Toby underwent his second round of chemotherapy. Mr Scanlan said Toby lived with his grandparents in Ebenezer and was facing a bill of about $20,000 for treatment so far. …

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