Wellington.Scoop » Counselor takes sick leave for bowel cancer treatment
Wellington City Councilor Sean Rush is taking sick leave after being diagnosed with early-stage bowel cancer.
After a medical examination for an unrelated case, the first signs of cancer were discovered last month.
Rush said he was “very lucky” because he had no symptoms at the time and continues to have no symptoms. “I feel fit and well, and it’s a miracle he got recovered.”
Due to the early diagnosis, the Motukairangi/Eastern Ward councilor expects to be back at work by June.
He will take time off from Friday to June 17 for treatment and recovery.
Meanwhile, Councilor Jenny Condie will fulfill her role as Chair of the Council’s Infrastructure Committee.
Rush is also rescinding his appointments to outside trusts and committees, including the Basin Reserve Trust, Sky Stadium Trust and Wellington Water Committee.
Wellington Mayor Andy Foster said it was important for Rush to focus on his health and his family at this time.
“Sean is a valued member of the board, and we look forward to seeing him take his rightful place around the decision-making table when he is ready.”
Rush is grateful for the support provided by his board colleagues during this difficult time.
“I’m going to stop that and come back to complete the triennium (the rest of his three-year term).”