Eagles fans encouraged to Dig Deep

Pic (L-R) – Andrew Gaff, Sebastian, Sebastian's grandmother Kate, Luke Shuey and Stella (front).
Pic (L-R) – Andrew Gaff, Sebastian, Sebastian's grandmother Kate, Luke Shuey and Stella (front).

TWELVE-year-old Sebastian Atkinson is asking West Coast Eagles fans to dig deep into their pockets for a noble cause.

West Coast’s annual Dig Deep Game will be held at Optus Stadium on July 27 to raise money for cancer research.

A diehard Eagles fan, Sebastian was selected as the 2019 Dig Deep ambassador in recognition of his support of his grandmother Kate, who was diagnosed with a benign meningioma (tumour growing around the optic nerve) in 2002.

Sebastian’s mother Mikala Atkinson said her mum’s diagnosis had a huge impact on the family and her fight had inspired them all.

“She has demonstrated remarkable resilience and courage to face three major surgeries and multiple rounds of radiotherapy,” Ms Atkinson said.

“Since her cancer diagnosis, we are all more grounded and Sebastian and his sister Stella now know the importance of support during hard times.

“I think we live with far more appreciation for being in the moment and enjoying the times where everyone is healthy and happy.”

Lesmurdie residents Sebastian and Stella recently got to meet West Coast stars Luke Shuey and Andrew Gaff in the lead up to game.

Shuey said he was thrilled to be involved with the campaign, which is now in its 15th year.

“I’m very proud to support Cancer Council WA through Dig Deep as we know the money goes towards a very important cause,” he said.

“Every dollar raised goes towards providing support to the 12,000 West Australians diagnosed with cancer each year.

“What Sebastian and his family are going through highlights just how important this community fundraiser is.”

If you wish to donate, you can do so at the game on July 27 or visit the Cancer Council website.

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