Ryan really hooked on his shopping spree
By CRAIG McTEAR
RYAN O'Keefe's face lit up as soon as he strode in for his shopping spree.
The 15-year-old fishing buff had $1200 to spend, thanks to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, but he took only a few moments to make his selection.
A majestic Fish Hunter inflatable boat, which takes pride of place at Coffs Harbour's Boating Camping Fishing (BCF) outlet, is now his, along with a fine collection of fishing tackle.
The Coffs Harbour teenager can't wait to get down to his favourite creek to reacquaint himself with a pastime which has had to take a back seat lately.
In March last year, Ryan was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a soft tissue/bone cancer. Since then, Sydney hospitals have become a second home for him and his family.
He's had 14 rounds of heavy chemotherapy, radiation treatment on his lungs, and a biological bone reconstruction of his leg.
The surgeon who undertook that mammoth task is the only one in the Southern Hemisphere capable of doing so.
Thankfully, Ryan's treatment has now finished, but he's due back in Sydney at the end of July for his first three-monthly check-up.
Make-A-Wish has another $2800 for Ryan to spend at Park Beach Plaza, and the charity is also treating his brother, Dion, and sister, Christie, to a $200 spending blitz at the shopping complex.
Camp Quality also came to the party a few weeks ago when they sent Ryan and his stepdad, Rob Haisman, to watch the Wallabies take on England in Sydney.