EVERY day in Australia, 350 people will hear the words ‘You have cancer’ and sadly approximately 118 people will lose their lives to the disease.
Cancer Council’s celebrity ambassadors are urging all Australians to show they care about beating cancer this Daffodil Day on Friday, August 22 by wearing a Cancer Council pin.
Actor Marta Dusseldorp knows the profound impact a cancer diagnosis has on a family.
“I was 8 years old when my brother was born. My mother’s instinct was that something was wrong. He was diagnosed with T-cell leukemia,” she said.
Barry Du Bois was diagnosed with plasmacytoma myeloma, a rare cancer of the immune system, in 2010. “My journey from diagnosis to where I am now has been incredible. After my treatment I realised how lucky I am.”
Marta Dusseldorp, Barry Du Bois and Stephanie Rice encourage all Australians to join them in wearing a Cancer Council pin during August to show their support for people living with cancer.
Marta proudly wears a daffodil for her brother. “The more money that’s raised the more research can be done. More and more children are surviving and that’s not going to stop, that’s only going to get better,” she said.
The latest reports show big improvements in childhood cancer survival rates. Since the 1980’s the five year survival rate for childhood cancers has increased from 68% to 81%.
This Daffodil Day, every daffodil and every donation brings us a step closer to defeating cancer.
“I wouldn’t be here without the excellent treatment I received,” Du Bois said. “By donating to Cancer Council and wearing a daffodil pin, you’re helping fund vital cancer research, prevention programs and support services.”
Australian Olympian and 3 time gold medal winner, Stephanie Rice, says Daffodil Day is all about hope.
“Daffodil Day is such an important day to raise funds and awareness for the Cancer Council. It is a day of hope! Hope to continue research for better treatments and support for people with cancer.” she said.
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Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities and currently works at Redkite, a childhood cancer charity.