28 October 2013
Inspired by family and friends, Narelle Hodgson and her fundraising team have raised a lot for Cancer Council SA – and they’re not done yet.
This month Narelle, of Aberfoyle Park, is hosting her seventh annual Girls’ Night In to raise money for Cancer Council SA’s Pink Ribbon Campaign, which supports women with cancer. She says she was inspired in to action by the prevalence of the disease.
“Everybody knows someone who has been touched by cancer,” Narelle says. “So when I saw the advertisements for Girls’ Nights In I thought, ‘We could do that’. Two years later, my mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and my reasons for hosting this event became more real.”
Narelle says each event is an opportunity to remember her mum, who passed away after a two-year battle with the disease. “Every year, we dedicate the night to Mum. I think she’d be blown away by what we’ve achieved.”
Since 2007, Narelle and her friends have raised nearly $22,000 for Cancer Council SA’s research, prevention and support services. She says the night raises awareness about the organisation and prompts guests “not to take life for granted”.
“I think this night is important, not just because we tell people what Cancer Council is about, but because it’s an outlet. When Mum was sick, I couldn’t fix what was happening, but this makes me feel like I’m doing something. I want to share that message – that we can all do something – and not to take life for granted.”
Cancer Council Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson says by hosting or attending a Girls’ Night In, South Australians will be supporting women facing a cancer diagnosis.
“A cancer diagnosis is a traumatic experience and can severely disrupt a woman’s family and working life - however survival rates for women are improving,” Professor Wilson says.
“By doing something Pink in October, you can help Cancer Council to provide support services to improve the quality of life for women with cancer, along with research into new treatments and prevention measures.”
Today, 89 per cent of Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer will be successfully treated. Similarly, the survival rate for women with uterine cancer has risen to 82 per cent and the survival rate for ovarian cancer has increased by 11 per cent.
These improvements are due to continued research and projects such as Cancer Council’s Beat Cancer Project, which currently funds 46 research initiatives across a broad range of cancer-related topics, Professor Wilson says.
“At Cancer Council, we see a future where no one is taken from their loved ones early. I am inspired everyday by seeing that cancer survival rates have increased dramatically in the past 20 years.
“But we still have a long way to go. Support through Cancer Council’s Girls’ Nights In will help to fund these research projects, which show great promise in the fight against cancer.”
For more information about Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon campaign, visit www.pinkribbonday.com.au