My dad was diagnosed with cancer in 1985/86 while we were living in Mackay. Mum and Dad travelled to Brisbane and stayed there for months at a time while Dad had his treatments. I was about 14 and I had an older sister and younger brother. We stayed in Mackay with relatives and friends when they were away.
I know Mum and Dad had a lot of support from the Cancer Council (or equivalent back then) with accommodation while they were in Brisbane. Dad had many treatments over the next 8 years and I remember Mum being so amazed and humbled by all the help they received along the way.
Mum’s words have always stayed with me and I knew that donating to Cancer Council ACT was one way I could repay the kindness and support that was shown to my Mum and Dad in our time of need.
My dad died in 1994 at the age of 46 and my one wish is that no child should ever have to see their young parents suffering because of cancer. I am now settled in Canberra with a family of my own.
My husband and I decided to donate to Cancer Council ACT to help support families dealing with cancer and also in support of the research and prevention of cancer.