Every year, I choose to support a few charities that are important to me. The Cancer Council and it’s Daffodil Day fundraiser is one of them and right now it feels more important than ever.
Statistics from the Cancer Council reveal that there are about 360,000 Australians currently living with cancer, with a further 350 further people diagnosed ever day. I’m blown away by those stats, but not in a good way!
Just three weeks ago my father was one those people after a large cancerous tumour was discovered in his lung. He underwent surgery to partially remove the tumour and help increase his oxygen levels, but his fight continues with further treatment to begin later this week to attack any remaining cancer.
It has been an emotional time but there is a lot to be said about the power of positivity. My family is far too familiar with cancer and its treatments, with my sister treated for breast cancer earlier this year and my mum fighting bowel cancer twice in the 1990s after initially being told she had just six months to live. While not everyone becomes a statistic of this disease, sadly all too many do, leaving their loved ones behind.
My mum has always told me that she wouldn’t wish cancer upon anyone and had hoped none of her children would have to experience what she went through. I know one thing for certain – I don’t want my three daughters to either.
So I will be wearing my Daffodil Day pin this Friday 28 August 2015 for my dad and in the hope that one day we can live in a world that is cancer free.
Wearing a pin to show your support for someone you know who has been affected by cancer is small thing we can all do to help raise important funds for cancer research and support programs.
For more information on Daffodil Day, how to get involved or where to buy your pin, visit www.daffodilday.com.au
Who will you be wearing your Daffodil Day pin for this Friday?