Hervey Bay’s Richard Butler is raising money for ovarian cancer research after losing his beautiful partner, Simone McKeand, to the illness four months ago.
Hervey Bay’s Richard Butler is raising money for ovarian cancer research after losing his beautiful partner, Simone McKeand, to the illness four months ago.

Fundraiser for ovarian cancer

IT HAS been almost four months since Simone McKeand’s family lost their beautiful daughter to ovarian cancer.

The Hervey Bay woman had battled the illness since she was 23. She was 31 when she died in October last year.

Her devoted partner, Richard Butler, helped raise funds for Simone’s treatment when she was alive with the help of his band, Uncle Arthur – and now he is hoping to raise funds towards finding a cure.

The Fiddler will host seven bands this Sunday. Entry will cost $5 and all bands are performing free.

All funds raised will go towards the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

This week is also Ovarian Cancer Week and the bands are hoping to raise the profile of the disease.

Hervey Bay’s Karen Lindich, who worked at the Hervey Bay RSL with Simone, said losing her was devastating for everyone who knew her.

“She was one of the nicest girls you’ve ever met,” she said.

“Even at her worst she would still always smile.

“She was always nice. She was very funny.”

Simone also had a lot of musical talent. “She lived for music.”

Karen said she was extremely proud of Richard for continuing the fight against the disease.

“I think it’s unbelievably brave.”

Auctions and raffles will also be held during the Sunday session, which will kick off at noon.

“It’s a very important cause.

“Hopefully something good can come from this.”



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