FAMILY MAN: Evans Head resident Jamie Griffiths with his partner Rachel and their three daughters Jessica, 15, Ella, 9, and Maddy, 3. Jamie has been diagnosed with a stage-four brain tumour. INSET: Evans Head locals do an early morning workout class with proceeds going towards covering Jamie’s operation in Sydney.
FAMILY MAN: Evans Head resident Jamie Griffiths with his partner Rachel and their three daughters Jessica, 15, Ella, 9, and Maddy, 3. Jamie has been diagnosed with a stage-four brain tumour. INSET: Evans Head locals do an early morning workout class with proceeds going towards covering Jamie’s operation in Sydney. Jade Coral Photography Samantha Elley

Support swelling for dad with brain tumour

THERE is a wave building in Evans Head, and it's not one you will find at the beach.

It is the swell of support that this small community is giving to the Griffiths family, whose husband and dad Jamie is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

In less than a week, Jamie will undergo an operation in an attempt to remove the potentially fatal tumour known as glioblastoma multiforme from his brain.

Money has been donated in a steady stream - nearly $10,000 at the time of writing - with a goal of $60,000 to help cover expenses.

Rani Stainton runs Evans Head Fractal Fitness and all donations to her boot camp class last Wednesday went to the Griffiths family - $110.

"Sometimes you feel helpless when bad things happen to good people," she said.

"This is my way of helping."

The larger-than-normal class had people who didn't even know Jamie but were willing to work out for him.

"I didn't feel like coming this morning," Natalie Lever, of Woodburn, said.

"But I thought Jamie's probably been through much worse, so I'm doing it for him."



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