Alex Rowe fought the brave battle
THE polocrosse community said farewell last week to Alex Rowe, a 37-year-old woman who fought bravely against leukemia.
She and husband Terrance were involved in the Tansey Polocrosse Club and it was amazing the support galvanised in a month after she started on a revolutionary treatment, Mekinist, which cost $9000 a month.
A framed photo from Jo McInally was raffled at the Cunningham carnival in August to assist Alex and a week later $37,500 was raised at a monster auction and raffle in conjunction with the Warwick Polocrosse Club Rose Bowl Carnival.
I had the opportunity to speak to Alex in hospital for a story in the Daily News and it was emotional to hear down the phone line her appreciation to those on the journey with her to better health.
I also spoke to Terrance and members of the Davison family from the Tansey club who were a tower of strength in the push to raise funds.
Mekinist was working well but Alex did have some other health problems and sadly died in the arms of her husband 10 days ago.
I was on holidays when news came through of her passing, but might I now say well done to her family, friends, sporting associates and those in the health field who gave Alex the greatest chance of life. They did their best.
Medical authorities certainly have more information now on the potential of Mekinist as a treatment for leukemia.
Alex will be missed around the traps at horse sports and in the Biddeston area west of Toowoomba where they lived. She played her first polocrosse in North Queensland before moving south and competing in show horse and dressage events.