He didn't make a secret of it, was philosophical about it, and went to Brisbane for treatment, which was successful.
Now the cancer is back. Ray returns to Brisbane next week, facing a 14-hour operation, plastic surgery and an 80 per cent chance of survival. If all goes according to plan, he should be back in Cairns in a few weeks. Most people would face this with fear and dread, but not Ray. Instead, he and some friends organised a special gig. I don’t know what it’s like with sporting or other organisations, but musicians don’t get the chance to socialise too often, because they’re always working in different places. Ray decided we needed a gig, for him to say thanks for everyone’s support, and for us to say thanks for his support, and to wish him a speedy recovery. Veteran Cairns musician Terry Doyle coined the name for the night: “Come Back Stronger.”
The night succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations.
The music was top class, as you’d expect with such a line-up, but it was about more than music.
Come back stronger when you’re recovered Ray, we need you.