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Joshua needs you to help him in his fight for life

HELPING VOICE: Isis Club president Roy Pidgeon getting out the microphone as preparations are underway for the Isis Club’s Charity Concert.
HELPING VOICE: Isis Club president Roy Pidgeon getting out the microphone as preparations are underway for the Isis Club’s Charity Concert. Zach Hogg BUNISI

LOCAL teenager Joshua Ruane is enduring the fight of his life, to beat cancer, and he needs your support.

The brave 15-year-old was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in July and has spent the past couple of months undergoing intensive chemotherapy at Brisbane's Royal Children's Hospital.

If that wasn't challenging enough for young Joshua, he contracted the deadly E.Coli virus while his immune system was non-existent, which attacked his muscles and caused him to lose all control of his arms and legs.

After six weeks of lying flat on his back, Joshua is slowly regaining strength in his arms, however he has limited movement in his legs and at this stage it is unknown whether he will ever be able to walk again.

But Joshua is determined to fully recover and eventually join the army.

"It gives him something to work towards. He's got a lot more positive now," Joshua's sister Natasha Ruane said.

It has been a rough ride for the Ruane family, having been forced to spend time apart as the costs for travel and accommodation are just too great.

"We can't just up and go down... We go as much as we can, but she's there by herself," Ms Ruane said.

It is not just an emotional battle for the Ruane family, but a huge financial one.

While Joshua's mother has been allocated accommodation through the Leukaemia Foundation at Coopers Plains, treatment and medication bills, and travel costs in and out of the city have quickly added up.

When Isis Club president Roy Pidgeon heard the plight of the local teen, he knew he had to do something to help.

He has organised a charity concert featuring world-renowned country rock band Dirty Creek Boys, along with other guest artists.

The concert promises to be a fun night out, with plenty of entertainment and prizes on offer.

All proceeds raised from the night, including entry fees and raffles, will go directly to the Ruane family to help them fund their boy's recovery.

The charity concert will be held at the Isis Club on Saturday, November 16, at 7.45-11.30pm, with a $5 entry fee.

For more details, contact the Isis Club on 4126 1516.

Topics:  cancer, childers


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