WA's cricket community is rallying to raise awareness of a rare cancer, after two of the state's most promising, young players, both from the same club, were struck down with the disease.
Only 250 new cases of Sarcoma, an aggressive cancer of the bones and soft tissue, are diagnosed each year across WA but there have been two cases at the Melville Cricket Club within the last two years.
Hugh Atkinson was only 15 when he was diagnosed just days after being named in the State Schoolboys squad. Amanda Williams was 26 and training with the state cricket team, the Western Fury, when she received the devastating news.
Both have since undergone successful treatment. Now, their club is leading the push to increase awareness of Sarcoma, which mainly affects adolescents and is still too often mis-diagnosed or not detected early enough.
Currently 2 out of 5 patients do not survive beyond five years following diagnosis.
Cricket teams U13 - 1st Grade, men’s & women’s, will compete for the "Hugh & Amanda" Cup at the "Sock it To Sarcoma!" round of the districts competition on 17th and 18th February 2018.
All players from all WADCC clubs are asked to wear odd socks to show their support for Sarcoma awareness. Post your photos on Instagram with #WADCCSarcoma18 to be in the running for individual & club prizes.
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