Posted by Dave Owens
On Thursday 16th May our club was host to a very special group of visitors. They were the Family, Carer, Social Workers and a Specialist Nurse all supporting an amazing 21 year old named Eliza York (Pictured Centre next to President David) who has lived her whole life with the insidious disease, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Eliza spoke eloquently of her life and how it has been affected by this terrible affliction. You could not fail to be moved by the courage and fortitude shown by this young lady as she battled throughout her life against almost insurmountable odds.  Her mother, who is also her primary carer, spoke about the effect on the family and the adjustments required to respond to the special needs of their daughter and sister.  Also speaking about the wider problems faced by sufferers of CF, particularly in the Hunter New England Local Health District, where there are currently 120 individual CF patients from as far north as Tenrterfield, as far west as Narrabri and as local as here in Cessnock, were Cathy Morrison (Cystic Fibrosis Social Worker), Kim Cookson (Cystic Fibrosis & Lung Transplant Coordinator) and Melissa Frost from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The presentation on the night from all who spoke was very interesting and thought provoking and the Club has decided to refer  the matter to the Board to determine how we can assist. It may even be possible to run a specific event in aid of the foundation in our local community.