THE sprintcar racing community has rallied around one of its own after Warrnambool’s Steven Trigg was diagnosed with cancer.
The 23-year-old was found to have t-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma four weeks ago and began chemotherapy last week.
Friend and fellow sprintcar racer Tim Van Ginneken said the diagnosis had shocked the speedway racing community.
“You do hear about people getting sick but for Stevie to get sick is pretty hard to believe,” Mr Van Ginneken said.
“There’s no one like Stevie, he’s like a comedian.
“He’s always hyperactive and always has a joke. It’s non-stop.
“This just shows anyone can get cancer.
“I still can’t believe it.”
When Mr Van Ginneken heard about the diagnosis he had 330 stickers made up and inboxed about 50 of his friends on Facebook.
“Since then we’ve sold another 1000,” he said.
“Today I’m picking up another 1500.
“Speedway is something that is really competitive but this just shows what a massive family it is.
“I can’t believe the response. This shows what a likeable guy he is.
“When I rang and told his dad that 330 had sold he was in shock.
“When I told Stevie he fell out of bed. You should have seen the smile on his face.
“If you ran into him you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with him.
“He’s so positive.”
Mr Trigg said he had also had fantastic support from Cassign and Thommo’s Race Graphix.
The stickers cost $5 each and are available via the Steve-Trigg-Road-To-Recovery Facebook page or by phoning Mr Van Ginneken on 0458 521 881.