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New lease on life repaid

Doug McCumstie and Owen Larsen of the Coffs Harbour Masonic Daylight Lodge hand over raffle proceeds to cancer institute nurse co-ordinator Karen Gorzynska.
Doug McCumstie and Owen Larsen of the Coffs Harbour Masonic Daylight Lodge hand over raffle proceeds to cancer institute nurse co-ordinator Karen Gorzynska. Trevor Veale

CANCER patient Owen Larsen knows all to well the life saving treatment provided by the North Coast Cancer Institute.

He’s fought a battle with prostate cancer for three years and after 39 doses of radiotherapy is grateful to be in remission.

“You can’t let prostate cancer get you down and beat you,” Mr Larsen said.

“I’ve had an aggressive form of cancer. Hopefully now I’ve got the better of it, thanks largely to the treatment given at the clinic,” he said.

Thankful for his improved health, Mr Larsen held a raffle to help the cancer institute with ongoing fundraising for chemotherapy equipment.

As the Master of the Coffs Harbour Masonic Daylight Lodge, he raffled off a clock he commissioned a local jeweller to make. “This is the first time I’ve raised funds for the cancer institute but I’m sure it won’t be the last,” he said.

Ticket holder Des Moffitt was the lucky winner.



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