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Jim Stynes cancels 'farewell barbecue' for loved ones after doctors' new hope

Irish-born AFL legend will undergo surgery this week after 11th-hour reprieve in brain cancer fight.

Brian and Jim Stynes are introduced to the crowd before the first International Rules game in October.
Brian and Jim Stynes are introduced to the crowd before the first International Rules game in October.
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DUBLIN-BORN AUSSIE Rules legend Jim Stynes says he has been given ‘another crack’ in his battle with cancer.

The Melbourne Demons man was told in recent days that no more could be done to help him.

But, when surgeons rang to insist that the previously ‘inoperable’ tumour on his brain could now be removed, he and his wife cancelled the planned farewell party they’d organised for family and friends.

Stynes’ wife, Sam, told the Herald Sun: “It was looking grim and we did put some plans in place,” she said.

“Jim wanted to spend time with those he loved most, so we planned a barbecue with close family and friends. But once we got the phone call from the doctor we sent out the message and it was probably the best cancellation anybody invited could have received.”

Stynes was the first and only Irishman to win the AFL’s prestigious Brownlow Medal. He is president of Melbourne – though he’s taken a step back from his day-to-day duties.

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