16 August 2017
Seventeen years ago, Gwenda Green and her husband attended a routine check-up at their home town in Gawler. Little did they know, it was the beginning of a journey that would change their lives forever.
Gwenda’s husband Bob was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which she says was both unexpected and upsetting.
“At first, all these negative thoughts went through my mind. I wasn’t ready to be on my own and we still had all these things we wanted to do together.”
Bob was referred to a great doctor at the Tennyson Centre and immediately began eight weeks of radiotherapy treatment.
“We had to start treatment straight away as he didn’t have time to be on a waiting list. It was a huge strain on us, both emotionally and financially, travelling every day for treatment.”
Following Bob’s diagnosis, Gwenda got involved in her local Cancer Council SA branch in Gawler.
“I love Cancer Council SA and the work that they do. They were there for me throughout my toughest times and unite the community in the fight for a cure.”
Today, Bob is doing well and hasn’t let cancer slow him down. He has 12 monthly check-ups and despite his challenges, which includes a recent Parkinson’s diagnosis, is still working on a friend’s vineyard at 74 years of age.
Gwenda is now the President of the Gawler Cancer Council SA branch. For her, Daffodil Day is a chance to promote a cause that’s really close to her heart.
“I will continue to volunteer and put all my effort into Cancer Council SA for as long as I can.”
“I love to hear people’s survival stories and love the great support we all provide to each other, particularly those who have lost loved ones to cancer.”
“We’ve all come through a journey together and it’s important that we stay positive and not look at cancer as a death sentence. There are so many great doctors and researchers out there and Daffodil Day is our chance to support them and the work they do towards finding a cure.”
Gwenda will join more than 600 volunteers who will take to the streets this Daffodil Day on Friday, 25th August to sell merchandise and raise funds in the fight against cancer.
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 Gwenda is an inspiration to her local community.
“Sadly, all of us know someone who has experienced the devastating impacts of cancer firsthand. Gwenda’s story is a reminder that cancer impacts everyone, in every community, and it’s important that we band together and support each other in the fight towards 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.
To find out Daffodil Day locations near you and how you can get involved, visit the Daffodil Day website.