Rowers take on 24-hour cancer challenge – Daily Mercury

IN TWENTY-four hours a group attempted to row more than 1800km, the distance between Brisbane to Mackay and back, to raise money for a 12-year-old boy fighting a brain tumour.

Mackay CBD gym Warrior ‘the Centre’ hosts an annual fundraiser to support cancer patients and cancer research.

This year the funds raised through the row-a-thon will be shared between the Cancer Foundation and Mackay boy Kye Baggow.

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Kye went from a headache to undergoing open brain surgery in just one week after Mackay Base Hospital doctors found a 3cm-long tumour behind his eyes in late June.

The first line of rowers strapped in at 10am on Saturday and participants subbed in throughout the day with the final group bringing it home by 10am Sunday.

To complete the challenge five people must be rowing at all times.

Little challenger Tilde Goodale gave it her best. Picture: Ashley Pillhofer

Little challenger Tilde Goodale gave it her best. Picture: Ashley Pillhofer

The event was well supported by the gym’s members, friends of the Baggow family, as well as other community sporting clubs like the Mackay Cricketers Club and Pioneer Swim Centre.

Warrior owner Rebecca Goodale said the cause was close to her and her family’s heart.

Her husband, Luke Goodale, fought Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has been in remission since 2009.

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His father died of cancer just two weeks after Luke finished his last treatment.

“We like playing a part to fundraise money and get everyone along with it as well,” she said.

Although Mr Goodale overcame his fight with cancer before he met his wife, Mrs Goodale said the stories he shared about his experience touched her.

“It is still close to the heart. He tells the stories of what he had to endure,” she said.