After a shock cancer diagnosis just months ago, the local golfing community has thrown itself behind Andrew Maggs and his young family as they endure the difficulties of treatment and illness.
For the past four and a half years Andrew has worked as the superintendent of greens at the Maryborough Golf Course and was enjoying life as the dad of two young boys, three-year-old Sam and seven- month-old Leo when the diagnosis was delivered just three months ago.
“In early May I was diagnosed with a form of bowel cancer, which is pretty horrible. I haven’t been able to work and obviously with my two young boys it’s been pretty tough for us,” he said.
“I travel down to the Peter MaCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne every second Monday where I spend six hours sitting in a chemo chair. I’ve been through five treatments and I have another seven to go hopefully. I’ll have a PET scan in another two weeks to find out what the progress has been like.
“It does take over your life — we live in two week blocks now. Obviously that first week I’m pretty tired and then in the second week we try and do a little bit and I spend as much time with the boys as I can.”
The sporting community in Andrew’s hometown of Albury and his current home of Maryborough have committed to helping out the Maggs family, with both towns throwing fundraising events to help the family stay afloat in difficult circumstances.
For more on this story see Page 39 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, August 6