IT WAS a chance meeting in a Wagga pub which will make a tangible difference for one Wagga woman.
Amanda Norman has been fighting multiple sclerosis (MS) for 10 years and has been given the chance to receive life saving treatment.
The trouble is the treatment is only offered in Russia and it doesn’t come cheap with a fundraiser campaign started to help Mrs Norman achieve her goal.
Mrs Norman said she had mixed feelings about travelling to Russia for the treatment.
“I’m super excited, but also apprehensive … I don’t know how it will turn out,” she said.
Mrs Norman it was the support from people who had given her a chance.
During a sausage sizzle at Barbecue’s Galore on Saturday, rugby league legend Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach handed over a jersey signed by Country Origin players.
It all came about because of a 30 year friendship between Mrs Norman’s husband John and Country Origin team manager Dean Lynch.
Mr Norman said the meeting must have been fate.
“I wandered down to the pub for some after race celebration and bumped into an old friend,” Mr Norman said.
Talk over a beer or two lead to Saturday’s donation which will be raffled at another fundraiser later this month.
The donation has been perfectly timed with Mrs Norman having just six weeks to raise the money necessary for the treatment.
“The treatment was originally scheduled for November, it’s now been brought forward to June,” Mr Norman said.
It means there’s just six weeks left for the Kiss MS Goodbye campaign to raise another $25,000.
Mr Norman said it had been a big effort to raise so much money, but it was due to the support of businesses and residents and visitors supporting the campaign.
“There’s been a massive response so far, we’re confident because Wagga people have gotten behind it,” Mr Norman said.
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