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Gloves off after tragedy

Dave Barnes is selling his brother’s signed Kostya Tzu glove to raise money to help families affected by cancer.
Dave Barnes is selling his brother’s signed Kostya Tzu glove to raise money to help families affected by cancer.

FOR most, Blackwater is just a small mining community but for Dave Barnes, the town has saved his life.

Dave and his family started their lives in Blackwater 18 months ago after 12 years of struggling with continuous tragedy.

A serious car accident in 1996 left Dave unemployed with neck and back injuries.

After fighting for years to get a payout and pension to support his family, Dave was struggling to cope and moved his family to Hervey Bay from Townsville.

When things seemed fine, he was then forced to close the business he bought for his wife after two years and the family was left with a significantly large debt.

Tragedy struck again and Dave's brother Michael died in 2006 from leukemia.

"We lost two houses, a business and a brother, and my mum also has breast cancer," Dave said.

Michael left Dave a framed boxing glove, signed by Kostya Tzu, which was given to him while he was in hospital by the famous boxer.

Dave has decided to sell the authentic glove to buy a unit in Yeppoon for his parents, his brother's daughter and families who need a break from the stress that cancer brings.

"If there's someone who needs a break, whose lives are affected by cancer, I would offer them the unit for a couple of days so they can have a break," Dave said.

"I'd also give a large amount of what I receive for the frame to the leukemia and breast cancer foundations.

"I'd rather give the frame to someone who is really going to appreciate it. It's for a good cause and I think my brother would like it that way."

Although Dave's life has been tainted by cancer, he has worked through it and hopes to make a difference for those living with cancer.

If anyone is interested in purchasing the Kostya Tzu frame, contact Dave by email: iron.head79@hotmail.com.


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