FOR years he was the domestic violence liaison officer here in Cootamundra, helping countless women caught in difficult circumstances to break free of the cycle of violence.
He was passionate about what he did, going above and beyond the call of your everyday police officer.
In 2009 the work of Senior Constable Paul Wilcox was recognised with a Commissioner’s Customer Service Officer of the Year Award.
Paul is now facing a brand new battle - one he needs the support of others to overcome.
Paul has a rare form of cancer known as ‘Pancoast Tumour’. It is an inoperable tumour that is wrapped around the main artery that feeds blood to his brain and is already starting to cause a series of small strokes.
After numerous rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, Paul is not responding to regular treatment.
There is hope however for this husband and father, who lives in Springdale with his family.
A radical treatment called ‘Radiowave Cancer Therapy’, also known as ‘Microwave Therapy’, has given Paul and his family hope.
The treatment is expensive and is not covered by Medicare. It is also only offered in Perth, Western Australia and further complicating matters, Paul is medically unfit to fly after surgery which removed part of his lung.
The wheels are in progress on a fundraising dinner for Paul to help ease the financial burden on his family and get him to Perth for treatment.
Anyone who has ever crossed paths with Paul is invited along to the dinner on September 27 at the Cootamundra Ex Services Club.
At the dinner, which includes a three-course meal and entertainment, there will be raffles and an auction of donated prizes.
All businesses that donate will have their business advertised throughout the night and a thankyou card after the event to inform how much money was raised.
Already a number of local businesses have jumped on board to support the cause including Naked Nails, Hair and Beauty.
Currently the salon is supporting the Billie Judge fundraising campaign and will continue to do so for the next week and a half.
From August 11, they will support Paul’s cause with 10 per cent of daily takings, $10 from every full colour and $10 from every set of acrylic nails donated to the Wilcox family.
Tickets for the fundraising dinner are now available through Kevin Deep’s Clothing and Footwear at a cost of $45.
Local band ‘Lock, Stock and Bingle’ will perform on the night and they are always a hit. Keeping the tone of the night fun in honour of the good bloke Paul is, organisers are encouraging people to attend in their favourite hat or silliest wig.
For further information or to contact please contact Rachael on 0411 642 573 or Jen on 0418 069 485 or follow Paul’s progress on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pauliesprogress.