Cory's Family Fun Day Out to support Royal Children's Hospital | Cory's Final Wish

SUPPORT: Cory Panozzo’s friend and event organiser Gemma Chaplin pushes Des Lardner’s Organic owner Des Lardner in a wheelbarrow up for grabs as part of the business’s raffle. All money raised will support Cory’s Final Wish – to raise awareness and money for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

SUPPORT: Cory Panozzo’s friend and event organiser Gemma Chaplin pushes Des Lardner’s Organic owner Des Lardner in a wheelbarrow up for grabs as part of the business’s raffle. All money raised will support Cory’s Final Wish – to raise awareness and money for the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

THE heartfelt plea of a Horsham teenager is the inspiration behind a family fun day next month.

Cory’s Family Fun Day Out will raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital as part of Cory Panozzo’s final wish to support the hospital.

Cory, 18, was born with neurofibromatosis type 1, or NF-1, a disease that causes tumours along the nervous system.

The disease can cause mobility issues, debilitating pain and organ malfunction.

It does not have a cure.

As part of his final wish, Cory donated $1000 of his own money towards the hospital’s Good Friday Appeal and helped raise about $6000.

Former McDonald’s colleague and friend Gemma Chaplin felt inspired to support his efforts and has organised the fun day, for May 18 in May Park, Horsham.

“Before Cory’s illness took hold, I was working with Cory and got to know what a fantastic person he is,’’ she said.

“For a while colleagues and I at work had wanted to do something for Cory but didn’t know what would be best.’’

Gemma said a family fun day out seemed the perfect opportunity.

She said the event would run from 11am to 4pm and would include stalls and games.

Activities include face-painting, a jumping castle, sumo wrestling suits and a barbecue.

Des Lardner’s Organic will also run a raffle leading up to the fun day.

Manager Tami Lane said she felt compelled to offer support to Cory.

She said the raffle prizes would be displayed in the Organic window in Firebrace Street, Horsham.

“We have received prizes worth more than $2000 so far, which include a $700 sewing machine, wheelbarrow, gift baskets, AFL tickets, massage vouchers and much more.’’

Mrs Lane said raffle tickets were available at the store for $2.

She encouraged people to consider donating items for the raffle.

Cory thanked everyone for their support of his final wish.

“It’s wonderful and nice to see what such a good friend can do,’’ he said.

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