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Around Cootamundra – November 5, 2014
Springdale resident and former Cootamundra Local Area Command Domestic Violence Liaison Officer Paul Wilcox passed away peacefully on Monday night at home on his farm following a recent battle with a rare cancer. Paul was a respected member of our community and the NSW Police Force. He helped countless women, and on occasion men, escape the cycle of domestic violence during his time in the force. Such was his standing in the Force that in 2009 his work was recognised with the prestigious Commissioner’s Customer Service Officer of the Year Award. The support of the local community came to the fore for Paul recently with a well-attended fundraising dinner filling him and his family with joy. Condolences to wife Jennie, the entire Wilcox family and his extended family of ‘the boys in blue’.
FOR years he was the domestic violence liaison officer here in Cootamundra, helping countless women caught in difficult circumstances to break free of the cycle of violence.
He was passionate about what he did, going above and beyond the call of your everyday police officer.
In 2009 the work of Senior Constable Paul Wilcox was recognised with a Commissioner’s Customer Service Officer of the Year Award.
Paul is now facing a brand new battle – one he needs the support of others to overcome.
Paul has a rare form of cancer known as ‘Pancoast Tumour’. It is an inoperable tumour that is wrapped around the main artery that feeds blood to his brain and is already starting to cause a series of small strokes.
After numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, Paul is not responding to regular treatment.
There is hope however for this husband and father, who lives in Springdale with his family.
A radical treatment called ‘Radiowave Cancer Therapy’, also known as ‘Microwave Therapy’, has given Paul and his family hope.
The treatment is expensive and is not covered by Medicare. It is also only offered in Perth, Western Australia and further complicating matters, Paul is medically unfit to fly after surgery which removed part of his lung.
The wheels are in progress on a fundraising dinner for Paul to help ease the financial burden on his family and get him to Perth for treatment.
Local band ‘Lock, Stock and Bingle’ will perform on the night and they are always a hit. Keeping the tone of the night fun in honour of the good bloke Paul is, organisers are encouraging people to attend in their favourite hat or silliest wig.
THE new owners of the Pickled Pantry have come on board to support fundraising efforts for the family of former Cootamundra Local Area Command police officer Paul Wilcox.
Paul has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and requires treatment in Western Australia.
Trevor and the team at the Pickled Pantry are kindly donating 50 cents from every coffee sold in the month of August to Paul and his family.
Meanwhile, Kylie and her team at Naked Nails have also pledged their support to Paul and his family following the conclusion of her fundraising efforts for another local struck by cancer Billie Judge.
Well done to these local businesses and if you can please support them as they support locals in need.
Pancoast Tumour fundraiser for Paul Wilcox
ON September 27 the Rippley’s Farewell Dinner will be held at the Cootamundra Ex Services Club to raise funds for Paul Wilcox and his family.
Mr Wilcox has a rare form of cancer known as a Pancoast Tumour. The tumour is inoperable as it’s wrapped around the main artery that feeds blood to the brain and is already starting to cause a series of small strokes. After numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery Mr Wilcox’s body isn’t responding to regular treatment.
A radical treatment called Radiowave Cancer Therapy also known as Microwave Therapy has given hope to Mr Wilcox and his family. This treatment is expensive, not covered by Medicare and only offered in Perth, WA. To make matters more difficult he’s unable to fly due to medical reasons.
Family and friends of Mr Wilcox are hoping to raffle and auction off as many prizes as they can get. All businesses that donate will have their business advertised throughout the night and a thank you card after the event to inform how much money was raised. The family is counting on the kindness and generosity of strangers to help this family in need.
Community members are being encouraged to follow the ‘Paul’s Progress’ Facebook page for more information regarding the event and his treatment.
COMMUNITY spirit was in force at the Cootamundra Ex-Service’s Club on Saturday night to raise money for former police officer Paul Wilcox.
Diagnosed earlier this year with a rare, inoperable form of cancer, Paul’s pancoast tumour did not respond to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
He and wife Jennie has been given a beacon of hope though in the form of radiowave therapy, which is currently only offered in Germany and Perth, WA, and is not covered by Medicare.
Needing $12,000 for treatment, Jennie and Paul are happy to announce the Saturday night fundraiser brought in $13,500, which will also help them with the cost of travel and accommodation.
“We are overwhelmed and humbled by the support we’ve received,” Jennie said.
The couple left for Perth on Tuesday and will spent 31 days there, which includes three weeks of treatment for two hours every Monday to Friday.
“We’re hoping for a marked improvement in his pain levels, and about halfway through we’ll know if it’s working on his tumour,” Jennie explained.
“It could be tiring but there’s no nausea like you get with other treatment, so depending on Paul’s health we’ll hopefully be able to enjoy Perth as well.”
Jennie and Paul would like to thank everyone who turned up on the night to support them, including many women Paul helped in his years as the Cootamundra LAC domestic violence officer.
Jennifer Lukins, Rachael Braham, Kamahl Bennett, Jacki Boxall and Scott Sanders were all mentioned in particular for their help in organising fundraisers and assisting the Wilcox’s on their farm and personally.
Jennifer’s aunty was able to supply many of the most popular items in the silent auction, including a signed 2014 Roosters jersey and signed boots from players such as Sonny Bill Williams and Anthony Minichiello.
Paul and Jennie would also like to extend big thanks to CAN Assist for all their help during the initial rounds of treatment.