After the walk join us in the parklands for more fun and activities. Available is breakfast to replenish the calories, Mobile Coffee Van to fix the head and settle the nerves, Massage Therapist to relieve the aches and pains, Photo booth to capture the beautiful memories Face Painter & Entertainer Jumping Castle - for those still with energy Rock Climbing Wall - for those with even more energy !!!! Auctions and raffles Todays event is proudly being hosted by Jamie Dunn and his best mate AGRO
Doin It For Dobbo - 5km Barefoot Beach Walk
20 March 2016
Pre Race collection starts @ 6.30am - 7.15am
Warm -Up starts at 7.10am
Barefoot Beach Walk commences at 7.30am
Pacific Boulevard, Kawana Beach Exit 233 to Point Cartwright Exit 198 then back to Kawana Beach Parklands
Children 12yo & under FREE!
What is Hope? Let's put this tiny little four letter word out there.
Is it seeing your daughter turn 21? Your son finish his senior year? Is it another daughter start year 12? Is it seeing your wife smile at you when she has no more tears? Is it living with life while you still have it? Is it hoping that you can stave off palliative care for just another few more months? Is it All of these things and so much more?
To Paul "Dobbo" Dobbins, it is. When Dobbo was a flash 40year old, father to Bryanna, Matt, Caitlin and Rebecca and husband to Melissa, he worked for a Sports Manufacturing Company and shared his charisma and cheeky grin with whoever he could. He was actively playing sports - Golf and AFL. Until late September of 2009, he started when he started not feeling too flash at all, with general symptoms of headaches, tiredness, aches and pains ... Which the GP treated for ear infections and sinus. Flash forward to early November 2009, six years ago, and a Cat Scan revealed the grade 4 tumour mass on Dobbo's Left Front Lobe of his Brain. A Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM).
So the hope that it was nothing progressed pretty quickly to the removal of the malignant tumour later that month and Dobbo who wasn't feeling too flash by this, was given a life expectancy of between 12-14 months. The surgery was followed by the round of treatments that were offered to Dobbo and his family, all in the shock and horror of this devastating development to their husband, and father. The family grouped together to support Dobbo while he went through firstly Radium treatment and chemo, They hoped this would reduce the immediate danger to Dobbo's life. At least for some time.
However in November 2013, four years after his initial diagnosis, Dobbo suffered a stroke. He bravely continued on, with his cheeky smile, and mountain of hope with regular check-ups and scans at Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. Until in July 2015 the Dobbins' family received the further news that their dad and husband had a new tumour. And it was on the Brain Stem. They were advised here, that there was No Hope, that there are no treatments available for Dobbo going forward. And the fellow known to those who've known him, for his entire life, or just bits of it, as the guy with the cheeky grin, and megawatts of hope, was given a new life expectancy of January 2016 and told to look into palliative care facilities.
So what is hope? it is the ability to Live, Love and Laugh. This is Dobbo. Yes it was extremely confronting when first diagnosed but despite this, he has continued to remain as positive as possible and inspires those around him to be so, as well. Dobbo acknowledges that this has been possible thanks in particular to his loving and very supportive wife and children plus family and friends. Dobbo informs us with his flash upbeat style, that family and friends have been his best medicine. Dobbo suggests that to have hope, you make the most of each day and every opportunity that is presented.
To now, and while Dobbo has for some time, not been able to return to work, he has taken up the reins as the family housekeeper. He is enjoying spending every fabulous minute that is available to him left enjoying Living, Laughing and Loving with a blend of special moments as well as the ordinary, in both Family time & Me time. Dobbo classifies this as maintaining his interest in keeping fit and volunteering at a local Café a few times a week, to keep his mind active, while he can. As well as enjoying times with his beautiful circle of family and friends.
Paul Dobbins, or "Dobbo" all his life, to his family and friends, has hope. He has hope for the things that matter on a daily basis. And believing in hope, to this beautiful, young at 46 yr old bloke, who has defied his initial diagnosis' life expectancy of 12-14 months, six years ago, is as standard as flashing his trademark cheeky grin.
The 20.3.16 is an inaugural Day for "Doin' it for Dobbo" Log -On to Facebook & search Doin' it for Dobbo for regular updates re all events to raise much needed funds for Cure Brain Cancer.
We hope to see you there.
Kawana to Point Cartwright & back to Kawana Beach, Buddina
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