The Southern Cross : March 2010
Page 18 March 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au feature The Order of Capuchin Friars Minor together with St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Community 59 Newton Rd, Newton invite you to celebrate the 25th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR "NEW" CHURCH (1985 -- 2010) on SUNDAY 14th MARCH 2010 10:00am Bi-Lingual Mass (English / Italian) Archbishop Philip Wilson DD JCL has delegated: Monsignor David Cappo AO VG Adm to represent the Archbishop and Rev Fr John Cooper OFM Cap, as Parish Priest to celebrate this Liturgy. Followed by refreshments and entertainment For further details please contact the Parish Office Ph: (08) 8337 3849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org By Jenny Brinkworth Shauni Bow has only one thing on her mind and that's playing basketball again. The 17-year-old former Sacred Hear t College student and spor ts captain is determined to get back on the cour t as soon as possible despite the fact that she has just had par t of her hip removed along with a malignant tumour. Last October Shauni's dream of playing basketball in the US was shattered when she experienced severe pain in her hip after training -- just a few weeks before her Year 12 exams and a scheduled overseas trip with the South Australian Spor ts Institute basketball team. When nothing could ease the pain, Shauni went to the doctor, then the hospital where she was told there was a "mass" near her hip -- 20cm x 10cm in fact. She spent the next two weeks in hospital and after numerous tests and scans her oncologist reluctantly conceded that she may need a hip replacement and that the chances of her playing basketball again were highly unlikely. "That's when I cried," said Shauni. "Basketball was always the trigger for me." Six rounds of chemotherapy over three months, a major operation to remove the tumour and par t of her hip plus the prospect of four months of chemotherapy to ensure the cancer doesn't spread has not deterred Shauni from pursuing her dream. Despite being on crutches, she plans to star t running in six weeks and will then undergo intensive physiotherapy to compensate for losing one of her muscles surrounding the hip. When she received news that the tumour had shrunk significantly, and in a way which avoided the need to remove the whole hip, Shauni's first question was "so can I play then?" The good news -- the first she had received for while -- came after an agonising wait over the Christmas break: "I had the MRI on Christmas Eve but I had the scans sitting in front of me at home for four days until I could see the doctor and find out what they showed...it was agony. "Now I just worr y about how hard it's going to be to get back in training and also whether I might have a relapse," she said. Her friendships through basketball -- both at her own club Stur t and opposing clubs -- have been a great suppor t and her Mum Leesa said she was amazed by how people felt better when they were with her daughter. "I used to worr y when all her friends would come into the (Women's and Children's) hospital and they'd be in there laughing and talking until 10pm," she said. Leesa and Lynden, who have three other daughters (Demi 13, Ashleigh 15 and Jamie 20 -- all of them basketballers) are also grateful to Kathy Chigwidden and the team at PhysioXtra who quickly swung into action with a fundraiser for Shauni at the Glenelg Football Club, where Lynden played League footy. The fundraiser was a huge success, thanks to the family's extensive network through spor t and school, which has prompted Shauni to team up with the Hutt St Centre's Rock for a Cause charity event. Throughout Shauni's ordeal she has been accompanied by two "angels of hope" given to her by Sacred Hear t College principal Paul Hine and classmate Jordan Haynes. The angels have special significance because they are supposed to have helped someone close to the givers. Leesa said she had prayed for her daughter, while also wishing she could take her place, and was hear tened to learn that her mother's fellow parishioners at Sheidow Park parish, relatives in Broken Hill and neighbours had all lit candles for her. "It just shows how much Shauni has touched people," said Leesa, finding it hard to contain her pride. One of Leesa's proudest moments was when Shauni spoke at the Glenelg Football Club function and bravely told the crowd: "I am thankful that I was diagnosed because I could not handle it to be one person that is close to me." During her graduation ceremony, the thousand plus audience at the Convention Centre broke out in spontaneous applause when Shauni received her cer tificate. "I didn't know where to look," she said. "When you're playing basketball you're too busy to notice people watching." ̨ Rock For A Cause, featuring cover band Raw Sugar, will be staged at the Adelaide Shores Function Centre at West Beach on March 27. Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking. com/DJA, by emailing zzuill@ huttstcentre.org.au or by phoning 8418 2500. Eyes on the ball SHOOTING FOR A COMEBACK: Shauni Bow shows her determination on the cour t which has helped her in her brave fight against cancer. 'It just shows how much Shauni has touched people.'