Justin Webb is pictured here with his girlfriend Katie Cornish. Webb is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour and a benefit concert for him takes place on Saturday

Carrying the ball for Justin Webb

Justin Webb never gave up on the football field. And now the 20-year-old is battling a brain tumour.

Justin Webb never gave up on the football field.

And now the 20-year-old is battling a brain tumour.

Webb graduated in 2009 from Timberline Secondary, where he played football for the Wolves, and this past year he’s been attending the University of Northern B.C.

However, after being diagnosed in the new year with a primitive neuroectodermal tumour – a spiderweb-like tumour – he is presently at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria where he’s undergoing intensive radiation treatments to be followed by chemotherapy.

“He’s doing okay. It’s really wonderful to know how many people are showing their love for him,” says his mom Diane. “I just want people to pray for him and for him to get strong again.”

She is staying in Victoria while his dad Art is commuting several times a week from Campbell River. On Saturday, April 30, there will be a musical fundraiser to support Justin at Timberline Secondary School.

“We want everyone to come out, show their support for the family and to help them,” says Steve Ring of the band Ten Times Bigger.

Ten Times Bigger is headlining the fundraiser with two opening acts, both from Timberline. Fiftieth Parallel is the duo of Philip Marchand and Jonathan Hinds who describe themselves as a “percussive finger-style acoustic group.”

And the third act is a new band, Rise With The Falling.

There will also be 50/50 draws, the final of the Timberline students’ “Minute To Win It” event, and a silent auction.

The silent auction has some great sports memorabilia including signed rookie cards and bobbleheads from local NHL hero Rod Brind’Amour, some classic Bobby Orr photos and books, and a mint copy of the 1956 Sports Illustrated magazine featuring the late Van Egan on the cover.

Egan lived in Campbell River and the photo of him angling was the first-ever cover photo for SI depicting sports fishing. Ironically, the magazine was published on April 30, the same day as Justin’s fundraiser.

The fundraiser takes place in the Timberline cafeteria (park in the lower parking lot) from 4-7 p.m. There will be food and drinks for sale, and admission is by donation.

Donations can be dropped off on the day of the fundraiser or at the TD Bank in the name of Justin Webb, account number 9038-6356852.

For more information on the fundraiser, call Paul Rudan at 250-923-2608.

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