A 25-year battle against prostate cancer has not stopped Charles “Chic” Osgood from achieving his dreams – and at the same time he has helped countless others.
“When first diagnosed with cancer I knew I had a fight ahead, but thanks to my clinicians at Prince of Wales Hospital (POWH) I’m still here and doing my best to give back through the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation,” the Bermagui resident said.
Mr Osgood is a self-taught cello craftsman and is donating a magnificent bespoke cello made from the finest materials.
This labour of love represents the 1800 good hours he has experienced during his various cancer treatments over the past three years.
“I’ve had all sorts of treatments, surgery, radiation, chemo – from outstanding POWH doctors – and I’ve been on clinical trials which may open up opportunities and hope for others,” Mr Osgood said.
“There are down times with this, but this cello represents when I have been well enough to channel my energy and passion into something that I believe will be hope, joy and support to others.”
This exceptional cello was played by POWH clinical nurse consultant Wayne Varndell, who works in the hospital’s emergency department.
“This fine instrument produces a melody that reflect the hours of love and care invested here,” Mr Varndell said.
The cello will be auctioned at the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation Future Gala Dinner on October 11. For tickets and donations click here.