Stan knows best form of defence is attack

STAN Porter is once again showing that attack is the best form of defence as the former Tamworth City fullback fights back against cancer with the help of the Men of League.
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Men of League committee members Ken Thompson, Stan Porter and Kevin Robinson with the rates bill that the organisation has sorted out for Porter as the former Tamworth City fullback tackles cancer. Photo: Gareth Gardner 030216GGA04

Porter joined the organisation that lends a hand to former league players over a year ago, not knowing that late last year he would be the one that got some bad news.

After finding a spot on his lung, further investigation revealed that Porter, father of softball superstar Stacey Porter, also had a few spots on his brain.

Wife Robin said that the couple went to Sydney for an initial consult for his lungs and came back three weeks and two brain surgeries later.

While the scars are beginning to heal Stan is still undergoing radiotherapy at the new Tamworth Cancer Centre at the hospital, which the Porters say is a fantastic asset for Tamworth to now have.

“You couldn’t ask to be looked after better than they do up there,” Stan said.

Meanwhile the Men of League have stepped up to help one of their own again, this time taking care of the Porters’ rates bill while they continue to fight the good fight against the cancers, which has involved several trips to the Prince of Wales in Sydney, and a list of other costs that come with this type of treatment.

“They (MoL) are such a good organisation that are there to help out,” Stan said.

“It really has helped us out a lot.

“Hopefully I can get my immune system strong again and brain clear so I can start fighting the lung cancer.”

While Robyn’s nursing skills are getting better by the day, Men of League president Kevin Robinson is also all too happy to lend a hand to the former football star and his family.

“We are really looking forward to getting Stan back on deck,” Robinson said.

“He is a great member to have on the committee.”

“We don’t ever give people money but we do take care of bills and things like that.”

The organisation has had another member go down recently too, with Greg Cooper likely to need a new heart valve put in.

“There must be something in the water at our meetings,” Robinson said.

The Men Of League are having a fundraising seafood banquet at the Calala Inn next Saturday, and everyone is urged to get involved and keep this organisation doing what they do best, chipping in to help former players supporters and family of the rugby league community in their time of need.

Tickets are available at the Calala Inn.

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