02 May 2019
This May, Cancer Council SA Ambassador and Medindie Gardens local Kylie Munchenberg will be hosting a morning tea in honour of her mum, Natasha who passed away 10 years ago from pancreatic cancer.
Kylie says the she will never forget the awful day in 2008 when her mum was told the news that would change their family’s life forever.
“Mum was on her own at the doctor’s when they told her that she had seven tumours which showed she had primary stage 4 pancreatic and secondary bone cancer. She then had to tell my dad and together they told my sister Anita and me and my husband Travis. Everyone was in shock,” said Kylie.
Kylie’s mum underwent radiation, chemotherapy and spinal surgery but sadly passed away the following year (2009) at just 51 years of age.
“If she’d just lived another few years, she would have been able to see me have a baby and see my sister Anita get married. That’s why fundraising events like Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea are so important—through raising funds today, we are giving families more time to spend with their loved ones tomorrow.”
Now, 10 years on, Kylie continues to honour her mum’s memory through being a Cancer Council SA Ambassador, sharing her story at events and fundraisers to inspire others.
This year, she is not only sharing her story, but also hosting a Morning Tea of her own to mark 10 years since her mum lost her life.
“My hope is that through hosting an event this year, I can not only raise funds but also raise awareness about the work Cancer Council SA does in the community, how far research has come and the importance of prevention and early detection.”
Kylie’s intimate morning “High Tea” will be held on Saturday, 25 May with approximately 25 of her closest friends. There will be tea, treats, a raffle and games. Inspirational mum of one Sammi Pyne is also set to share her story at the event.
“I met Sammi through social media and her story is truly amazing. She has survived Hodgkin’s Lymphoma twice and also lost her dad to brain cancer. Then, six years ago, she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma in her spine and has undergone spinal surgery and radiation.”
“She’s a real inspiration and I’m so excited that she’s agreed to be a part of our event,” said Kylie.
“My hope is that through sharing my mums story I can motivate other people to get involved and support Cancer Council SA. If my journey has taught me anything, it’s that every day, research is getting better, more targeted and smarter at detecting and treating cancer. There’s still a long way to go, but through fundraising, we’re getting closer all the time.”
This May, hosts like Kylie will join thousands of Australian’s across the country who will be hosting their morning tea, their way to support Cancer Council.
Since Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea began in 1994, millions of Australians have come together over a cuppa and a bite to eat in support of those affected by cancer. Last year alone, the simple act of generous participants hosting a morning tea raised $11.3 million nationally.
In 2019, the official day to host a morning tea is Thursday, 23 May, however participants can register to host at any time throughout May or June. By hosting or attending a morning tea anywhere in South Australia hosts will help Cancer Council fund life-saving cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support programs for people affected by cancer.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size says support from events like Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea makes a huge difference to the lives of South Australians impacted by cancer.
“We have some amazing, dedicated community supporters like Kylie hosting this year and their generosity enables us to continue our work in cancer research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services to ensure that every day, we are working towards a cancer free future.
“Cancer diagnosis rates are increasing, with one Australian diagnosed with cancer approximately every five minutes—the length of an average tea break. It’s vitally important that those affected can access suitable services when they are needed most.
“Cancer impacts people in every community. In South Australia alone, more than 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year—that’s 27 South Australians every day. Through the support of our morning tea hosts, we are able to ensure that every minute, every hour, every day they don’t have to face their diagnosis alone,” he said.
Cancer Council SA offers all South Australians impacted by cancer support and information through services like Cancer Council 13 11 20 and the Cancer Council Lodges at Flinders and Greenhill.
This year, Cancer Council SA hopes to recruit over 3,500 generous morning tea hosts and raise over $1.2 million locally to help those affected by cancer in South Australia. All donations fund Cancer Council SA’s life-saving research, prevention programs, advocacy and support services.
For more information or to register, visit www.biggestmorningtea.com.au or call 1300 65 65 85. If you’re unable to host or attend a morning tea yourself and still want to contribute, you can donate directly through the website at biggestmorningtea.com.au.