Opinion

We mourn for Jackson Byrnes, who left us too soon

Jackson Byrnes of Casino has died after a battle with a brain tumour.Photo Contributed Facebook
Jackson Byrnes of Casino has died after a battle with a brain tumour.Photo Contributed Facebook Contributed

A LOT of people on the Northern Rivers will be saddened by the news that Casino teenager Jackson Byrnes has passed away.

You will remember Jackson was the subject of a crowd funding campaign earlier this year to raise money for an operation by Dr Charlie Teo to remove a brain tumour.

Jackson Byrnes pictured in hospital with his girlfriend Jahnae Jackson and NRL stars Matt King, Keith Galloway and Lote Tuqiri.
Jackson Byrnes pictured in hospital with his girlfriend Jahnae Jackson and NRL stars Matt King, Keith Galloway and Lote Tuqiri. Contributed

 

The campaign saw this community band together in a way I have never seen before.

Ordinary people, donating $5, $10 or $20 at a time, helped push past the target of $80,000 for the operation in less than four days.

What it did for Jackson and his family was buy precious time with one another.

On behalf of The Northern Star and its staff, many of whom donated to the campaign, I'd like to extend my sympathy to his family and friends.

For the many hundreds of people who donated to this campaign and the thousands of people who have been following this story, the news of Jackson's passing will come as quite a shock.

Many tributes to this brave young man have been flowing in on social media already.

Tumours are not particularly choosy about who they pick

The randomness of it all just doesn't seem fair.

Old people get it, middle aged people get it, but when a teenager or younger child succumbs to it, it's especially heartbreaking.

It's heartbreaking because that young person has not had the same opportunity to live their life like everyone else.

If you would like to send a message of condolence to his family comment under one of our stories.

Topics:  editors picks, jackson byrnes


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

‘Gone surfing’: Maddog men shut up shop after 40 years

Founders of Maddog Surfboards John Morgan and Mark Plater have closed up shop after nearly 40 years.

John Morgan and Mark Plater closing iconic Byron business

'Potential for catastrophic events': Home birth inquest

Lismore Court House.

Inquest hears of changes to service after death of home birth baby

Latest deals and offers

Read to your pet: Story Dogs in Ballina this Monday

What could be cuter than your children reading to your poochie?

‘Gone surfing’: Maddog men shut up shop after 40 years

Founders of Maddog Surfboards John Morgan and Mark Plater have closed up shop after nearly 40 years.

John Morgan and Mark Plater closing iconic Byron business

'Potential for catastrophic events': Home birth inquest

Lismore Court House.

Inquest hears of changes to service after death of home birth baby

NSW Regional Arts Fund applications open

LOCAL: Arts Northern Rivers 2016 RAF Project, If These Halls Could Talk, featured Beryl from Roundabout Theatre’s The Cupcakes.

Are you preparing an artistic project for 2017?

Barefruit Marketing win Business of the Year

The Barefruit Marketing team after winning ‘Business of the Year’ at the Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2016.

Lennox Head Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards 2016

Chasing Asylum documentary to screen locally

An image from the film Chasing Asylum by Australian director Eva Orner.

The latest film by Academy Award winner Australian Eva Orner

Warwick Capper - I Only Take What's Mine

Warwick Capper - I Only Take What's Mine

Wayne Swan smashes a glass

wayne swan

Wayne Swan cannot remember when Labor last delivered a surplus and smashes a glass...

Clive Palmer to re-open refinery

Clive Palmer on ABC radio.

Clive Palmer talks about his achievements, election chances and re-opening the...

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?