"Are you kidding me?" $14k raised and still counting
"ARE you kidding me?"
That was Paul Frampton's response on waking from surgery yesterday and hearing $9000 had been raised to support him during his cancer recovery.
Now, just 23 hours after the 'Help Big Paul Kick Cancer' gofundme page was set up, the amounts sits at $14 000.
"He had tears in his eyes," Paul's daughter Peggy O'Sullivan told The Gympie Times.
"I walked very fast into the room and said 'Dad, I just want you know you don't have to worry about your bills - you can concentrate on your recovery."
As a dedicated personal trainer, health fanatic and all-round well-loved guy, Paul's family and the entire Gympie community were shocked to learn Paul was diagnosed with bowel cancer on Friday after experiencing very minimal symptoms.
He underwent surgery yesterday to remove two large masses from his bowel - which was a five-hour operation that was more complicated than first expected, Peggy said.
But despite the size and complexity of the cancer, Paul's daughter said the surgeon was confident. Paul echoed his sentiments in true grit style.
"Right I've got this cancer out of me - let's get onto this recovery," he told his family who were waiting with him at Kawana University Hospital.
Paul will stay in hospital for at least a week, where he will be tube fed, before starting chemotherapy
"He's really looking forward to having ice chips for breakfast, lunch and dinner," Peggy joked.
Jokes aside, Peggy said they are still adjusting to the events of the last week
"He's fit and healthy - it's really crazy to think he's got knocked down so quickly."
EVENT: Morning Bootcamp in Support of Paul Frampton
FELLOW personal trainer Jarryd Gorman will run a bootcamp this Saturday at Albert Park to support Paul's recovery.
Attendance will be by donation, with a sausage sizzle and drinks to follow.
Mr Gorman said people of all fitness levels are welcome.
"The bootcamp is about us all coming together as a family friend for Paul, and letting him nwo we are here for him and fighting for him," he said.
When: 7am Saturday, February 11
Where: Albert park (watch out for venue change by checking the event on Facebook.)
EARLIER ON SUNDAY:
ONE of Gympie's most well-known and lovable characters has a big battle ahead of him and the community is already proving he has their full support.
Paul Frampton, owner of Work N Out Fitness Professionals with partner Trudi Hellmuth, was diagnosed with bowel cancer on Friday and is undergoing surgery today.
The news has been a shock to Paul and his family, whose life and work revolves around heath and fitness.
His daughter said her father had no time to mentally prepare for it.
"It was very unexpected," Paul's daughter Peggy O'Sullivan told The Gympie Times earlier while the family wait at Kawana University Hospital for Paul to come out of surgery.
"He had all these plans to hit the beach this weekend or just relax - it's just a shock."
Mrs O'Sullivan said her father, former owner of Cooloola Fitness and now a dedicated private personal trainer who puts in solid 16-hour-days of training and coaching, had been feeling more tired than usual.
"Being tired is just part of his job," his daughter said.
But last week he also experienced reflux, followed by a bad stomach pain and after visiting the doctor, Paul was told the results of his blood tests showed he had no red blood cells.
"The doctor said they didn't know how he was still standing," Mrs O'Sullivan said.
The serious symptoms lead to the diagnosis at the Gympie Hospital emergency department- Paul had two cancerous masses on his bowel - one 9cm in diameter and the other 6cm, which were causing him to bleed internally.
The good news is the cancer, while it may have been there for some time, was contained to that area, Mrs O'Sullivan said.
"Dad was fighting back tears of happiness because it hadn't spread," Paul's daughter said.
"He looks big and tough but he's just the biggest marshmallow."
Mrs O'Sullivan has set up a gofundme page to support her father as he recovers. She said as small business owners, not being able to physically work would be a huge strain.
"Dad and Trudi have their own business - if they don't work they don't have money."
Paul's family were grateful and touched by the generosity the people of Gympie have already shown.
Having donated $7100 in just five hours (as of 3pm today), Mrs O'Sullivan said it would greatly reduce the financial worry surrounding Paul's diagnosis.
"He's almost got seven weeks of his bills being paid for so he can sit at home and concentrate on his recovery."
Gofundme words of support
Sandy Mohyluk: Love you Paulie. You've been there for me in some crap times. Got your back, brother. Love and prayers xxx
Robyn Walsh: Oh Paul. I know you have the strength to kick this. Take care! Praying for you!!!
Toni Ryan: Paul, hang in there big fella. Love you to bits xx Sending you, Trudi and your family positive vibes
Amy Laycock: Strongest guy we know, hope you recovery quickly big fella. Love Amy & Brad
Rachelle Treeby: A truly inspirational man ... sending love and prayers xoxo