Gatton pretty in pink
IN A massive effort to band together and help to save the life of a much-loved local, the Gatton community dressed and decorated in pink for the day.
Gatton Goes Pink for Cobie was held on March 14 and raised more than $20,000 for 20-year-old Cobie Taylor, who is in Germany undergoing treatment for four brain tumours that had metastasized from her osteosarcoma.
After fighting the disease and subsequent tumours since she was 15, Miss Taylor sought the rare and expensive but potentially life-saving treatment after she was told her illness was terminal just over a month ago.
The gamma knife radiation treatment was reported to have a 90% chance of saving her life but came with an upfront cost of $40,000 for the initial treatment.
Organiser of Gatton Goes Pink for Cobie Day, Anita Lyne said more than $20,000 had been banked so far, and she expected more to come in as businesses finish collecting the funds.
"There were over 76 businesses that participated, and in a lot of different ways," she said.
"Whether it was putting pink streamers up or dressing up and having a morning tea, the support was incredible.
"I wasn't surprised about this though, because we are living in a very supportive country town.
"There were a couple of visitors who came through and said they drove into town and everything was just pink.
"It showed great community spirit."
Ms Lyne said she was organising a scrapbook of photos taken on the day to be made and given to Cobie for her upcoming 21st birthday.