After battling illness for several months, Cronulla Sharks young gun Fine Kula has been cleared of brain cancer.
Kula was a member of the Sharks pre-season NRL training squad, but was diagnosed with medulloblastoma this year, and was forced into early retirement.
The 21-year-old has endured intense chemotherapy treatment since, and last week underwent a six-hour full body scan and blood tests.
Following almost 10 months of hospital visits and doctor’s appointments, Kula was cleared of any cancerous tumours this week.
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His father Solomon and girlfriend Anisha were in the room with Kula when doctors broke the exciting news, The Daily Telegraph reported.
A cardboard cut-out of Sharks player Fine Kula wearing a Mark Hughes Foundation beanie.Source:Getty Images
“Before we went in we said, ‘Whatever the Doctor says, we can still move on, still carry on’,” Fine’s father Solomon told the Sharks.
“Then the Doctor says he is clear, there is nothing to talk about. No tumour, no cancer, bone marrow clean, organs clean. Blood count, it’s clear. We just couldn’t believe it.
“They (the Doctors) thought Fine would never walk out of Westmead Hospital.
“Anything is possible. We thank God for giving Fine a second chance.
“We know there is purpose for Fine. He can spread the message to others that you can’t give up.
“We can’t thank everybody at the Sharks, Sharks fans, the rugby league community enough for their support.
“And to the Doctors, specialists and nurses who have been amazing.”
The Sharks said in a statement: “In a huge boost for everybody involved at the Sharks, as well as the rugby league community that has supported him through an incredibly difficult ten months, Fine Kula has been given some remarkable news.”
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Channel 9 sports journalist Jelisa Apps tweeted: “This is extraordinary news. A beautiful result. Congratulations Fine Kula.”
Fox Sports reporter Darcie McDonald posted: “Goosebumps! Bloody amazing news.”
Earlier this month, Cronulla prodigy Ronaldo Mulitalo said Kula’s appearance at their round 18 fixture against the New Zealand Warriors boosted the squad.
“It was great to see Fine and his family at the game and for us to get a win for him,” Mulitalo said.
“For me to get a couple of tries in his honour, even better. He’s fighting the good fight and being in the bubble I haven’t been able to visit.
“It was good to see him again and to see him up and about and it was all the better if us getting a win against the Warriors gave him a bit of a boost.”
Kula was a former NSWRL Matthews Cup Player of the Year in 2015 and had been training with Cronulla’s first-grade squad before Christmas.
In February, a GoFundMe page was created to help assist with Kula’s recovery, and has to date raised more than $8000.
The Sharks will take on the Canberra Raiders at GIO Stadium for their elimination final on Saturday afternoon at 5:40pm AEST.
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