Poppy Pete, a local Penrith man, was a more than amazing Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Cousin, Uncle and Friend.
A huge fan of the Balmain/ West Tigers that loved music and cars.Poppy Pete fought as hard as he could against Pancreatic and Liver Cancer.He would wish for no-one of any family to go through this terrible disease.That is why his family are raising funds to help raise awareness for research and development and to support the patients and families that we all hold in hearts.
All of their efforts to raise funds go directly to the Pancare Foundation, for people suffering Pancreatic, Liver, Biliary, Oesophageal and Stomach Cancers.
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“The survival rate of pancreatic cancer is 5%. It’s been 5% for the past 20 years, people just don’t know enough about it, so we decided that something has to be done.” Leah Maher, from ‘For Poppy Pete.’
Leah and Diane Maher, the ladies behind the new For Poppy Pete organisation, accepted a donation of $2,200.00 from Penrith RSL Club, as a part of the Club’s Staff Giveback Program.
Ms Leah Maher addressed the Board and Management of the Club when she accepted the donation, “We are so humbled and very honoured to have been selected as one of the recipients of the RSL’s program.”
For Poppy Pete is a new, family based organisation, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the research of Pancreatic Cancer. Ms Maher stated, “My dad was diagnosed about this time last year and he lasted 5 months. He lost his life in November. The survival rate of pancreatic cancer is 5%. It’s been 5% for the past 20 years, people just don’t know enough about it so we decided that something has to be done.
My dad found out he was ill simply because he felt nauseas, he was tired and he had a sore back. By the time he found out it was too late, chemotherapy was not going to help him. He opted not to have chemo and to try and hope for quality of life, in the time he had left.”
Since his passing, Leah, her mum Diane, her kids and her friend Kim have been holding events to raise awareness of this terrible disease and to fundraise towards further research.
For more information about For Poppy Pete, like their facebook page:
Or contact Kim 0404 001 426, Katrina 0407 012 472 or Leah 0437 446 638.
Pictured: Penrith RSL Club Chairman, Mr Frank Portelli, Penrith RSL Club CEO, Mr Neel Chand, For Poppy Pete’s Leah and Diane Maher.