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Alex Rowe vowing to continue her fight against Leukemia

IN WINNER’S CIRCLE: Alex Rowe wins in equestrian sport.
IN WINNER’S CIRCLE: Alex Rowe wins in equestrian sport. Contributed

ALEX Rowe vows never to quit the fight as support grows in her tough battle with leukemia.

A fundraising auction will be held at the NTI Warwick Rose Bowl Polocrosse Carnival on Saturday night to help raise money to cover a monthly cost of $9000 for a new drug being used for the first time for leukemia.

After being involved in show horse and dressage events, she has been a regular at polocrosse carnivals in the five years since her husband Terrance first played for Tansey in the South Burnett.

Four years after being diagnosed with leukemia, she was told this year the chemotherapy wasn't working and is now on Mekinist, a gene therapy drug being used for the first time on leukemia patients.

She is currently in hospital in Brisbane after an appendicitis operation last week but is doing well.

"I am not sure if I will be out of hospital for the weekend," she said.

"My leukemia became chemo resistant so I had no other treatment than Mekinist.

"It is absolutely amazing what they have done in a couple of weeks to help me, everyone seems excited to be helping out," she said.

Both Alex and her doctors are upbeat about the success of the first month of Mekinist treatment.

She has a dream to return to competition riding, including Australian Stock Horse Society events.

"People in the polocrosse and equestrian community are tight-knit, there is always someone you know," she said.

"We have had amazing support from friends in the past four years."

Auction organiser Russell Davison said he was indebted to Les and Robyn Fraser and the Warwick Polocrosse Club for allowing the fundraising group to have the auction at the Rose Bowl Carnival.

The carnival starts Friday and there will be play Friday and Saturday night and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The auction will be at 6.30pm Saturday before the start of night play.

All members of the public are welcome.

Donations of money welcome to

Account details:

Commonwealth Bank

Alex Rowe

BSB: 064-427

ACC: 10137261

Time line

  • First diagnosis - October 2010
  • Treatment and then remission - February 2011
  • Bone marrow transplant - May 2011
  • Remission for 21 months then relapse - February 2013
  • Bone marrow transplant - October 2013
  • New drug Mekinist - July 2014
  • Hands up for Help
  • Auction items, mostly relating to horses
  • Choice of Berragoon Percussion Embryo Pregnancy
  • Roxy X Berragoon Expose Embryo Pregnancy
  • Service Fees to six sires
  • Breaking In by Zach Cochrane
  • Yearling Colt by a fantastic Romeo bred stallion Warrenbri Clancy
  • Stock saddle donated by Craig and Kris Pomeroy
  • More details Russell Davison 0418 729 276

Topics:  leukemia, polocrosse




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