CHRISTMAS Day 2004. A Ballina family gathers.
The 18-year-old twin sons had returned home for the festive season after a holiday to Bali -? they finished high school in Sydney that year.
Gifts are unwrapped. The family enjoys time together.
One of the boys notices a red rash on his body. The other also has welts on his body.
Suddenly, breathing becomes very difficult for Aaron.
Gifts are left. Celebrations stop.
The two boys are rushed by their parents to the emergency department at Ballina hospital.
Tests are done, and chest X-rays are taken as part of the medical procedures.
The family waits. Anxious.
This could be a story of any family in Ballina -? just about every family has a tale of an emergency trip to the hospital for X-rays outside of normal business hours.
It could be to check on a leg injured in a soccer game on a Saturday afternoon or to treat an arm hurt while playing in the backyard on a Sunday morning.
But this is a story of the family of prominent local businessman Gary Fox, of the Good Guys in Ballina.
From his personal experiences, Gary, whose business revolves around new technologies, is keen for Ballina District Hospital to have the latest in X-ray equipment available to all local residents.
He has donated a 106cm Centrex plasma television to the Ballina Shire Healthy Community Futures' Fund to be raffled in the bid to raise $150,000 to buy Computerised Radiography equipment for Ballina hospital. The CR will mean X-rays taken locally can be made available almost instantly for diagnosis by specialists anywhere.
Tickets in the raffle cost $2, or three for $5, and are on sale at the Ballina RSL Club, the Ballina Bowling and Recreation Club and at Gary Fox the Good Guys. The raffle will be drawn on March 5.
Gary wants other businesses to also chip in to the fund. The Alstonville Bowling Club is the latest business to support the fund, donating $500.
New Year's Eve 2004. Gary's son is now fine. He had picked up an infection in Bali and was sent home on Christmas Day with a series of medications.
Christmas day 2007. A Ballina family gathers.
This year, that family could be yours, or close friends, at Ballina hospital.