CQ soccer clubs join up to help boy fighting cancer
ALL over Central Queensland, people hear the name Bailey Jensen and hurt for not just the family of the brave 12-year-old, but for the fight Bailey is tackling every day.
On new year's day this year, Bailey was diagnosed with brain cancer.
As his school mates were returning to the classroom or Bailey's beloved Bluebirds soccer field, Bailey was flying down to Brisbane to undergo six weeks of radiation therapy.
A lover of soccer since he was very young, Bailey has always shown a dedication to his local team, and now they are joining up with another team, the Frenchville Roos, to throw their support behind their "mate".
This Saturday the Bluebirds and Frenchville will go toe-to-toe in a "Day Out For Bailey" which will showcase a number of junior and "old boys" matches against the two sides, prizes, raffles and fun and games.
"On Saturday it's not about the scoreline, it's about getting together and supporting our good mate Bailey and raising some awareness and funds for his family to help support his fight," Bluebirds first division captain Jordan Polkinghorne said.
"We're just hoping to show Bailey that he's got good support for Frenchville and the Bluebirds and that we're all here to support Bailey in his fight.
"It's very important for the community to get behind Bailey to show him we're all there to help him through thick and thin."
Tim Hickey will be captaining the Frenchville side and is hopeful that the community will come down on the day to "raise some funds for a great family".
"I used to play with Bailey's dad Will 15 years ago, we won the Wesley Hall Cup together," Hickey said.
"I spoke to Will the other day and spoke to Kylie as well. Bailey is in really good spirits and the treatment is going well.
"They're both happy that the clubs are behind them.
"Hopefully Saturday will have a positive impact for Bailey... and hopefully he does know we're all behind him."
A number of Frenchville players will also be shaving their heads to raise funds for young Bailey this weekend.
"A couple of the lads are quite partial to their locks... but they're happy to do it for a good cause," Hickey said.
"One of the boys will also be shaving his bushy beard."
Let's support Bailey:
- Gold coin donation to enter
- Frenchville reserves v Bluebirds Junior games at 3pm
- Frenchville Old Boys v Bluebirds Old Boys at 5.15pm
- Frenchville Premiers v Bluebirds 7pm