Garry Lawton gives an orange thumbs up to support brain tumour research.
Garry Lawton gives an orange thumbs up to support brain tumour research. Craig Warhurst

Paint nails orange for awareness

HE’S Garry with two rs, two orange thumbs and two legs and it is those two orange thumbs and legs that Garry Lawton is using to raise awareness and money for brain tumour research.

Mr Lawton was in Gympie’s Centro shopping centre yesterday putting orange fingernail polish on locals’ thumbs to raise money for his cause.

He is currently in the middle of a fundraising run from Rockhampton to the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane for Cancer research and Camp Quality.

Mr Lawton knows first-hand about life with a brain tumour.

He had his first brain tumour in 1992.

The tumour had affected him for years without him even knowing about it.

He had always been fit and played a lot of AFL football, but had noticed his left side of his body was slower than the other.

One day while training Mr Lawton had a stroke (unbeknown to him at the time). His left side stopped working and he fell over.

Not knowing what was wrong, he went to the doctor who booked him in for a CT scan.

They found a tumour the size of a golf ball.

The tumour had been growing slowly until it affected his left side movements.

That day was the start of Mr Lawton’s fight with his cancer; he had more tumours and treatment and had to learn how to run and walk again.

It was while he was on a Camp Quality camp in Sydney that Mr Lawton came up with his two orange thumbs idea and he now wears them with pride everyday.

Sixty per cent of monies raised will go to tumour research and the other 40 per cent to Camp Quality.

Mr Lawton lives by the motto a friend once said to him.

“There is no magic pill so don’t wast time chasing it.

“Eat and drink whatever you want in moderation. keep fit and enjoy everything, even surgery, you are very privileged to be given this path.

“Be grateful for everything you have, enjoy your life and your time.”

“This is how I live,” Mr Lawton said.

“I am the push for people who can’t.

“I wear my orange thumbs year round with great pride for people who had dreams cut short and for the kids in Camp Quality with brain tumours and various forms of cancer.

“This is my passion and I will keep doing this regardless of what people think and say.

“Life’s great,” he said.

Want to donate? Call Mr Lawton on 0409 688 757.

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