The heartbreaking account of Fine Kula’s battle with brain cancer was brilliantly and sensitively covered in a Channel 9 video special last weekend in highlighting the fight the former young Shark has on his hands. (CLICK HERE to view the video piece)
Fine, girlfriend Anisha, his family, teammates and Club Doctor Paul Annett, explained the tragic journey to date, from diagnosis to his current situation and the treatments he is undergoing, the television special timed to coincide with the NRL’s Beanies for Brain Cancer round as a platform to raise awareness as to the deadly disease.
In facing his adversity with courage and as much positivity as he can muster, Fine has earned the respect and support of not only those closest to him, but to the Sharks family and the wider community, with a team of friends set to continue efforts to make life as comfortable as possible considering his current circumstances.
Headed up by close mate Sama Malolo, Fine’s partner Anisha Zissis and with plenty of help from former Sharks NRL player Ava Seumanufagai, a team of friends aim to run 40ks in 4 hours at the Sylvania athletic track this Saturday, June 27.
As Sama says; “It won't be easy but it's nothing compared to what lies ahead for Fine. Hopefully we can get people around this.
“His dreams have been put on hold but with prayers, hope and community involvement, we're raising funds to bring Fine back to us healthy and also to ease his family's struggle at this time.”
With the restraints around the COVID-19 pandemic and in limiting crowd numbers at the track on Saturday, Sama and his team are hoping everyone can be there in spirit if not in person and where possible can dig deep and donate to the cause.
CLICK HERE for the dedicated GoFundMe page where all monies raised will go towards Fine and his family for his ongoing treatments and medical needs.
Already there have been a number of generous donations pledged, from Sharks NRL squad members, under 20's and junior rep teammates and significantly a couple from players from rival NRL clubs in an indication of the support Fine is receiving from the entire NRL community.
Special thanks also goes to Ian Lenton from Quality T-Shirts at Sutherland for their donation of the #FightForFine uniforms and t-shirts the team will run in on Saturday.
Caption: Below, Fine may not have been at the Sharks v Bulldogs game in person, but he was there in spirit, and also in the form of a cardboard Fine cutout. Thanks to James McGrath at CM Print for providing