THE Bay and Basin community is organising a fund-raiser for 25-year-old local man Michael Faulds, who has been diagnosed with a extremely rare form of soft tissue sarcoma.
St Georges Basin resident Shell Thorpe and local band Dirty Monty were organising the fund-raiser to help Mr Faulds with the costs of his treatment. It will be held on August 3 at St Georges Basin Country Club.
Mr Faulds was diagnosed at the start of March with extra skeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma and underwent intense chemo- and radiotherapy.
He then had a 13-hour surgery to remove three large tumours, which resulted in an infection and another four-hour operation.
“It was the worst thing ever. I didn’t eat for two weeks and lost nearly 20 kilograms,” Mr Faulds said.
Mr Faulds has been home from hospital for two weeks. He previously worked at St Georges Basin IGA and is close to many members of the community.
“I went into hospital prepared to be in there for two weeks. The setback was hard. I was ready to get better and get out,” he said.
“But you have to keep a positive outlook. There is no point being sad, it’s not going to get you anywhere.”
Mr Faulds’ partner Megan Barnes said the pair was shocked to receive so much support.
“We had been keeping things pretty quiet,” Ms Barnes admitted.
“But everyone has just reached out and they have been fantastic.”
Mr Faulds said he never expected a fund-raiser but was grateful for everyone’s support.
“Words can’t even describe it, for people you don’t even know to donate gifts and prizes for the raffle. It is amazing,” he said.
The day will start with a poker game hosted by Colin McCamley of NPL South Coast. Registration starts at 2pm and play starts at 3pm.
Raffles and auctions will be staged from 6pm until 7pm followed by a break for dinner between 7pm and 8pm with the local band starting at 8pm until late.
All money raised will go directly to Michael and there is a bank account in his name that people can also donate to.