A special benefit evening for well-known Shoalhaven sportstar Corey “Chook” Bain will be held in Sussex Inlet later this month.
The evening in the form of a “Roasting” will be held at the Sussex Inlet Bowling Club on Saturday, November 24, with friends and family coming to his aid.
Chook, a well-known character around Shoalhaven sporting circles, particularly football, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when he was six-years-old.
CF is a genetic disease that affects a number of organs in the body (especially the lungs and pancreas) by clogging them with thick, sticky mucus.
Now 37 he has far outlived his doctors’ expectations, who said he would be lucky to live to be 10 years of age.
In September 2010, aged 29, he underwent a double lung transplant.
It served him well until about 2013 where he began the process of waiting for a second transplant.
His hope was to return to work and sport but unfortunately in the final stages of a 12-month work up for his second transplant doctors detected an aggressive tumour in his bladder.
Doctors tried to remove the tumour but unfortunately it had already penetrated the bladder wall and would require major surgery and chemotherapy to treat.
Bain would be unable to survive any major surgery due to his lung capacity - his is 20 per cent as opposed to 80 per cent and greater for a healthy person.
He started radiation treatment at the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre on October 29 and for the next seven weeks will undergo treatment five days a week.
The “Roasting” event will double as a fundraiser to help cover some of his treatment costs and also raise his spirits.
A trust account has been established with local Rotary members as signatories and record keepers.
Wendy Morris and Jody Walker are organising the evening, while Todd Barclay will be master of ceremonies.
The event is even open to his “foes”, namely those he terrorised on the football, cricket and touch fields.
Tickets for the event are just $25 and are available at the bowling club and includes a Buffet by George.
The diminutive star was a gun striker for both the Sussex Inlet Seahawks and the Culburra Cougars for many years, providing plenty of headaches for opposition defenders.
He dominated, claiming the Golden Boot award for the most goals in first grade three years in a row 2004, ’05, ’06.
It was amazing to watch this speed demon (and he was one of the fastest people I have seen in any sport over 20 metres) in action and he had a knack to “sniff out” a goal.
But he also kept his condition secret for many years, not wanting sympathy or special treatment - he just got on with life.
Anyone who knows Chook knows he was a very competitive and sometimes an angry little ant on the sporting field, but someone who would do anything for a mate.
Now it’s our turn to give back!