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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest
On-demand bus service will extend into The Bays
Woy Woy wharf to receive $4M upgrade
Surf club members praised for rescue of injured man
A 60th and a 70th anniversary held on Valentines Day
Empire Bay post office closes after lease expires
West St development to be considered by Council
Car and trailer in water after 'launching mishap'
Farnell Rd decision likely before the end of March
Corkwood tree may stay on proposed nursing home site
Woy Woy celebrations attracts 12,000, says council
Wagstaffe flag-raising
New boat for Marine Rescue
Chamber describes tunnel as economic game-changer
Applicant to take Killcare fence dispute to court
Comment period extended for caravan park proposal
Marquart asks for flood maps to be added to plan
Community Garden consulted about new policy
Tree group meets with council staff about urban strategy
CWA branch meets with urban tree group
Workshop about draft climate change policy
No money for St Huberts Island dredging, council told
Act now to prevents oil and gas rigs, says activist
Balloon twisting for children
Peninsula group pampers homeless people
Police seek help after home invasion
Young man wanted over store theft
Memorial garden for dolphin receives a refresh
Volunteers recognised at special ceremony
Peninsula events in Seniors' Festival program
Peninsula events for women's festival
Vintage cars on show at Ettalong
Tesch greets man on treaty mission walk
Free counselling offered for problem gambling
Charity holds fundraiser in Ettalong
Wicks drops in on home park
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Another example of short-sighted non-compliance
Accolades go to those who worked for wharf upgrade
Conservation claims require comment
Thanks for TV guide
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Aged care facility says it supports Royal Commission
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Stroke volunteer asks locals to tell of 'stroke champions'
Money raised for family with ill son
Peninsula Village development to start in March
Money donated to woman diagnosed with cancer
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Noel Coward play opens Little Theatre year
Umina artist wins exhibition
Double header special at folk club
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New playground equipment ordered
Music bus visits Umina
Dinosaur toys wanted
Straight into schoolwork on first day back
Healthy Harold visits Ettalong
Kindergarten students start school
Five new teachers at Umina
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Ettalong confirmed for national bowls championships
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Junior lifesaver of the year
Ocean Beach finishes seventh in junior championships
Jemma was part of successful NSW team
Swans recruit new AFL players
Female soccer players wanted

Money donated to woman diagnosed with cancer

More than $17,000 has been raised by the friends and family of an Umina woman recently diagnosed with cancer.

Friends and family of Mr and Mrs Janek and Karen Chorazyczewski rallied throughout January to raise the funds after learning that Mrs Chorazyczewski had been diagnosed with stage four colorectal cancer.

Upon diagnosis it was also revealed Mrs Chorazyczewski had tumours in her sigmoid colon and liver.

Calling themselves Karen's Fight Club, the group have set a $20,000 goal to assist the Chorazyczewski's with medical costs and other associated expenses.

They have raised $17,165 of their goal as of February 6.

Karen's Fight Club member Ms Katie Marie said: "In January, Karen underwent a mammoth surgery at St George Hospital to remove the tumours (including bowel and liver resection), lymph nodes, and other tissues (peritonectomy) and has commenced intraperitoneal chemotherapy.

"Karen's surgery went well and she is now undertaking a lengthy recovery which will include several weeks in hospital and many months of recovery at home with additional chemotherapy.

"Understandably, Karen cannot return to work as an emergency department nurse and her husband Janek will require extended periods of leave from his job as an ambulance officer to care for Karen.

"With two infant children to support, the loss of income as well as the requirement for in-home assistance, additional child care, meals, cleaners, travel, utility bills, everyday expenses and so on is expected to have quite a financial impact on their family.

"This is where Karen's Fight Club can help.

"We have set up this fundraiser to give the community the opportunity to help ease the financial burden.

"From the beginning, Karen has said there is no way she would have been able to stand up to this aggressive cancer without the amazing support of her family and friends," Ms Marie said.

Mr Chorazyczewski said his family were touched by the generosity of their supporters.

"Truly, you have no idea how much it means to us that so many people care so much.

"We have been moved to tears too many times to count from the messages and love sent to us," he said.

Mr Chorazyczewski said his wife was currently in recovery and enjoying spending time with their sons.

"One thing we would like people to take away from Karen's story is just how quickly bowel cancer can take over your life.

"The enduring message that Karen wants passed on is that it can happen to anyone.

"Listen to your body and pay attention to the subtle signs.

"Don't allow your concerns to be dismissed.

"If you have any changes to your bowels insist on getting a colonoscopy regardless of your risk profile or being told it's 'unlikely to be cancer'.

"You know your body better than anyone," he said.

Bowel cancer is one of Australia's most common cancers with around 17, 000 people diagnosed each year.

Mr Chorazyczewski said younger people should also be aware of their bowel health.

"Bowel cancer can and does happen to young people.

"Karen is 36.

"We have two young children, one of whom is just a baby, and was born right when this madness was discovered.

"Early detection is the key to survival so please everyone regularly get checked," Mr Chorazyczewski said.

To donate to the campaign, visit the Go Fund Me website and search for Karen's Fight.

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