Wayne 'Ticker' Heming vs Robert Allenby
Wayne 'Ticker' Heming vs Robert Allenby Contributed

Going Purple for pancreatic cancer cause

HAVING been rushed to hospital some years ago after suffering from pancreatitis while covering a major golf tournament, it was not difficult to support the Australian PGA's "go purple" day at Royal Pines this year to help raise funds and heighten awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Last year I slipped into the spirit of "Green Day" to celebrate golfer Adam Scott's achievement of becoming the first Australian to win the US Masters.

So when the colour theme this year was purple for cancer's silent killer, pancreatic cancer, I was more than willing to once again embarrass myself for such a worthy cause.

I don't think I will ever forget the excruciating pain I battled lying in Pindari Private Hospital on the Gold Coast, tubes down my nose and throat into my stomach, unaware at the time just how close I was to having played my last round.

I'll also never forget my specialist telling me sternly: "Wayne, you won't be able to drink alcohol again".

I remember muttering under my breath: "why did you save me then!"

Cancer champion Robert Allenby, who wears pink on Sundays in memory of his mother Sylvia who died of cancer in 2010, was one of many players wearing purple at Royal Pines on Friday, December 12.

"I think's it great the PGA has done this today," Allenby told APN after his second round 69 to give himself an outside chance of a fifth PGA crown.

"With all types of cancer it is about awareness. That's why I wear pink, in honour of my mother, but I also wear it for an awareness of all cancers.

"We're in a position where we are fortunate and can give something back and try and make a little bit of difference.

"I think if everyone just made a slight effort it would make a huge difference in the world."

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of the 28 most common cancers - only five percent of people diagnosed survive for five years.

I consider myself exceptionally lucky.

Donations can be made on the foundation's site, which in the past six year has raised over $4 million.

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