Pink Stumps players ready
RYAN McIntosh has been named as 12th man for both All-stars sides in tomorrow night's Twenty20 cricket Pink Stumps fundraiser at Albert Park.
Ryan, his brother Lachlan and dad Scott (the Gympie All-stars coach) are proud to help raise money for the McGrath Foundation, in the charity cricket game.
They have seen first hand the work the foundation's breast care nurses do.
Scott and his boys watched as their wife and mother Jenny fought her own battle with breast cancer.
Jenny was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2011.
She had her first operation in early June, which was followed by another one in late June.
Jenny then had chemotherapy treatment, six sessions every three weeks, finishing in late November.
The cricket mum has just had her six-monthly check up and has been given the all clear by doctors.
She has to take medication for another five years because her hormones are still what doctor's call "cancer receptive".
Jenny and her family were very positive when it came to fighting breast cancer.
"My biggest shock was when they said 'yes you have cancer'," Jenny said.
"That was the worst moment.
"I didn't think it would ever happen to me."
Ryan said he was surprised and upset when he found out his mother had cancer.
"Dad told us," Ryan said.
"I didn't expect it, it was very sad."
The boys said the worst part about the disease was coming home from school and seeing their mother still in bed, after having chemo.
Jenny said she wasn't as badly affected by chemotherapy as other patients.
"I had probably four bad days out of every 21."
But on those bad days and 'down' days, Jenny said she could never had got through the ordeal without the help of her family, friends and Gympie McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Sharon Shelford.
"She is just magnificent," Jenny said.
"She is a wealth of knowledge and there for you all the time."
That's why the McIntosh family is behind this Saturday night's Pink Stumps fundraiser.
"The money raised on the night goes toward helping to keep her here in Gympie and putting more nurses in places that don't have them," Jenny said.
Yesterday, Gympie Cricket Association president Troy Rowlands released the names of the players in the two teams.
He said the two sides would put on an exciting match.
Two players not expected to make much of an impact in the game are so-called celebrities Nathan 'Nugget' Dell and Craig 'Boofhead' Warhurst.
Nugget who is playing with the Devils All-stars said he had been in the nets practicing last week.
"I was very ordinary," Nugget said.
"I couldn't get the feet moving. I would have been very lucky to hit the ball off the square.
"I'd like to bat somewhere between 10 and 11.
Nugget said he was best in the field, where his 'panther-like' reflexes came to the fore.
He predicted his gentle medium pacers would trouble the batsmen.
"I don't swing the ball either way but my straight ball is a ripper," Nugget said.
Boofhead said he was going to practice last night and would consult Nostril Harmless before deciding where to bat on Saturday night.
The match gets underway at 6.45pm tomorrow.
Rowlands said there would be a jumping castle on hand for the children.
The bar would be open for parents and there would be plenty of raffles and prizes going around.
He also urged all people to wear pink on the night.
And to donate as much money as possible to the great cause.