Anthony McCrohon is a young man from the Hunter Valley mining town of Kurri Kurri, who as an outstanding athlete in 1996, trialled for a position in the Knights junior representative teams. Unfortunately tragedy struck on the day of that trial, September 30 1996, which would not only end Anthony's budding football career, but destroy his future well-being.
In attempting to effect a tackle during the match, Anthony fractured and dislocated his neck, fractured his jaw and broke his nose. While the injuries were obviously considered serious at the time, it is only with the passing of time that the full ramifications of Anthony's condition have become apparent.
Since then, the degeneration of his spinal column has seen Anthony steadily lose control of his ability to physically function. His mobility and strength have waned to the point where at times he is unable to get out of bed in the morning. He is certainly unable to work and at some point in the near future he will be confined to a wheelchair.
While we cannot undo the serious nature of Anthony's injuries, the Anthony McCrohon appeal is committed to creating a quality of life for a young man where little seems possible.
The Anthony McCrohon Committee urges sports people and sports fans throughout the region to support these events in the hope of reaching their goal of building a wheelchair compliant home for Anthony.
How to donate :
Send a cheque or money order payable to Life Activities Incorporated to:
Anthony McCrohon Appeal C/- Life Activities PO Box 687 NEWCASTLE NSW 2300