22 August 2017
This Daffodil Day, Nancy is committed to sharing her story and inspiring others diagnosed with cancer, particularly those from regional locations.
Based in the Riverlands, Nancy explains the first time she travelled to Adelaide for treatment.
“I didn’t know anyone in Adelaide and I was very scared and didn’t know what to do. My doctor contacted Cancer Council SA and arranged for me to stay at Martin House, which then belonged to Cancer Council.
“Without this support, I wouldn’t have been able to have treatment. I was very scared leaving my family behind but staying at Martin House was just like home and the staff there were wonderful.”
When she was diagnosed with kidney cancer in March 2015, she again travelled to Adelaide and found support through Cancer Council SA.
“I was horrified when I was diagnosed again, but it was good to know that Cancer Council SA were there for me.”
In November 2015, Nancy received more bad news, with the doctor’s telling her that she had colon cancer. Nancy again travelled to Adelaide for treatment, with Cancer Council SA by her side every step of the way.
“It is very hard for people from the country to leave their family, especially when they are sick and don’t know what is in front of them. Cancer Council SA provided me and my family with so much support during a very difficult time.”
In 2016 Nancy’s received another blow, when her son was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He finished chemotherapy earlier this year.
This Daffodil Day, Nancy will be volunteering to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and prevention.
“I volunteer for Daffodil Day as it’s one of the major fundraisers for Cancer Council SA and we need as much money as we can to fight this horrible disease.
“My favourite part is the bunches of daffodils. They remind me of my family that have passed away and at the same time give me hope for a cancer free future. My message to other cancer sufferers is be positive and live your life as normal as you can while having treatment.”
Nancy also wants to dedicate a special Daffodil to her sister Grace, who is currently battling cancer.
“I want to remind her to stay positive and that there is always hope.”
1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. This year alone it is estimated that over 9,700 South Australians will be diagnosed with cancer, 3,500 of which will die from the disease.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size said that Nancy’s story is an inspiration to everyone going through cancer.
“Sadly, all of us know someone who has experienced the devastating impacts of cancer firsthand. Nancy’s story is a strong reminder to stay positive and always have hope. Through donating this Daffodil Day, we can all support Nancy’s dream of a cancer free future.”
The money raised through Daffodil Day will fund Cancer Council SA’s vital research, support services and public education and prevention campaigns.
As one of the largest national fundraising events in the Southern Hemisphere, this year Cancer Council SA hopes to raise more than $450,000 locally and $5.5 million nationally on Daffodil Day.