The campdrafting community and locals of Upper Horton have recently rallied together to help a fellow campdrafter who has unfortunately fallen ill. Twenty-seven year old Terry Hie Hie horseman, Lance Kelehear was diagnosed with a rare tumour in early 2015.
Parallel to his spine in the thoracic/lower chest area, the adrenaline producing tumour, known as paraganglioma, has caused several complications with its removal.
On Monday, June 15 the tumour was safely removed at Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital in Sydney, after 15 days of intense pre-operation treatment to prevent the fatal outcome of adrenaline flooding the blood system. The eight-hour long operation was deemed a success by doctors.
Close friends Scott Gillogly from Upper Horton and Mark Bogan from Bingara have organised a show of support for Lance and his partner Ange by organising a fundraising auction, which was held at the Upper Horton Sports Club last weekend.
Mr Gillogly, who has known Lance since he moved to the area some eight or so years ago, said he came up with the concept after experiencing the hardship of prolonged medical treatment with his own family members.
"I know exactly what it is like to go for months with mounting medical bills and no income, I’ve been in that situation and I wanted to help,” said Mr Gillogly.
"After only a few phone calls the list of auction items was growing" said Mr Bogan, who has personally donated an unbroken gelding to the cause.
"The support from stallion owners, saddlers, jewellers, transport companies, authors, primary producers, to name a few, has been overwhelming."
Auction items ranged from stallion service fees, dining experiences, collectors paintings, livestock transport, saddlery, ladies fashion, spa treatments and even a corporate box experience with the Newcastle Knights.