Grand Cinemas Currambine hosting Star Wars fundraiser for Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation

The <em>Solo</em> movie poster by Star Wars illustrator Mark Raats.
The Solo movie poster by Star Wars illustrator Mark Raats.

THE Star Wars phenomenon will take over Grand Cinemas Currambine on Saturday.

The fundraising event will include a private screening of Solo: A Star Wars Story for 150 people, raffles and roving characters meeting with guests.

There is also an online auction for a rare and signed Solo movie poster by Star Wars illustrator Mark Raats, which will be one of only 15 to be released in the world.

It is valued at US$700 and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Organiser Kylie Shaw sais the event was to raise money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation and awareness of stomach cancer.

Mrs Shaw’s husband Chris was diagnosed last June with stage 3 Adenocarcinoma of the stomach (gastric cancer).

“The only symptom he had was reflux,” she said.

“He went through months and months of intensive rounds of chemotherapy and weeks of radiotherapy.

“In October, he had a full gastrectomy plus 4cm of his oesophagus was removed.

“He also had 13 lymph nodes removed and two of them returned positive to cancer so we’re keeping a close on these.”

She said in February a CT scan confirmed there were no signs of cancer by in April he was rushed back to hospital for emergency surgery for a double internal hernia with a twisted bowel.

“Chris is gaining his strength to be able to return work hopefully in the coming weeks,” she said.

Now the couple and their four children want to raise awareness and funds for gastric cancer so “no other family has to endure what we have”.

The event kicks off at 2.15pm with the screening from 3.15pm.

There will be prizes for the best costumes.

Book at www.trybooking.com/383682.

To bid on the poster, go to www.biddingowl.com and use the ID 556597.

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