Late last year I was approached on Facebook by a lady who heard about my daughter Hayley and her journey with cancer. She saw one of the promos that the Cancer Council Victoria put on their Facebook page, talking about Hayley. This lady’s 9 year old daughter had just been diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma. The same type of cancer Hayley had. She wanted to know if I had any advice or guidance on how to get through this horrible time. All I could say was one day at a time. There was nothing I could say to sugarcoat this.
A lot of people say Stay Strong. Well that’s just not practical or possible over such a long journey that they have ahead. I say BE Strong, when it’s needed. Feel free to cry your eyes out, get angry and/or scream when you can too. When you feel you have to Stay Strong you then feel guilty when you aren’t. You don’t need that extra pressure at this time.
I remember posting on Facebook about being angry and wanting to hit somebody. I wasn’t going to pursue that feeling but that was how I was going at the time. Someone messaged me to say “You can’t be like that. You need to be strong.” Luckily he messaged that instead of saying it too my face, maybe I might have been tempted to pursue the first idea. In saying that, I’m no fighter. When discussing fighting I always borrow the old joke “I won my last 3 fights by more than 100 metres.”
But when I’m sitting in the hospital, looking at my 7 year old getting Morphine and Ketamine being pumped into her simultaneously, listening to her slurred speech as she drifts in and out of sleep, then you don’t get to tell me how I should or shouldn’t feel.
Sorry, rant over, this is leading in to be a happy blog, wait, it’s coming.
Anyway, I spoke several times, on and off, to Tegan about her journey with her young angel Meika. I learned that they had moved from Swan Hill to Melbourne for treatment. I also know that neither parent can work at the moment with mum and Meika in Melbourne meaning dad has to stay home to look after the other 2 kids. A 2 year old and a 4 month old. I also know that bills don’t shrink just because income does.
So to quote The Blues Brothers, “I’m Putting The Band Back Together!” I contacted my old team, Dale Craig and Peter Flaherty from The Comedy Gallery, one of my proudest achievements, and I contacted Frank Hampster and Chris Franklin from The ‘Hood to put together a stand up comedy fundraiser. Everyone went Yes, before I even finished asking the question.
So you know, The ‘Hood is the brotherhood and sisterhood of comedians. A group created in the loving memory of the late, great, Dave Grant. A hugely respected comedian from Melbourne who lost his battle with cancer a few years ago. Dave’s motto and the way he finished each gig was “Take Care of each Other Brothers and Sisters, That’s What It’s All About” Which became the foundation of The ‘Hood.
So I put the call out and nearly everyone I asked said yes, which might be a bit too many so people are definitely going to get their money’s worth on the night with some of Australia’s biggest names in comedy including:- Richard Stubbs, Chris Franklin, Bev Killick, Franky Walnut, Peter Flaherty and more… Including a big name act who can’t be mentioned at the moment. The Courthouse Hotel in North Melbourne also jumped aboard to give us some space to play.
So if you’re interested in coming along to LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE FOR MEIKA! Then you better be quick. We have a small room and have sold 1/3 of the tickets in 3 days. If you want to support but can’t come along then there is a donate only ticket available on the booking site. The Donate only ticket is $1 but when you click on the quantity, you get the chance to add however much you like to that $1. Or if you want a ticket to the show, they are only $35 and again, you can add an extra donation further down on the page to add as much as you like to help out.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to be there on the night now that I live interstate, so that should encourage anyone who has seen me perform before, LOL.
Please come and have a laugh and if you can’t please throw a few dollars towards Meika’s family. Their journey won’t be fun but we can throw some highlights in with some laughter, and remove some extra stress with some dollars.
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Love to all, chat soon