My involvement with the community didn’t end when I left the hospital. My father and mother both agreed it was time to give back to the organisations that had helped me while I had been sick and I spent many springs walking around Surfers Paradise Shopping Centre outside my father’s retail centre selling Daffodils for Daffodil Day.
Without any hair and looking sickly pale I am sure I sold more flowers than I would have had I been well but I was at the same time glad to give back some hundreds of dollars to the Queensland Cancer Fund as it was named at the time. Any additional research towards cancer was good research and something I wholeheartedly supported.
What began as me just raising money each Daffodil Day quickly progressed to my successful application for a ‘Seize the Day’ Award at the age of 16 when I finished school to support me through my university studies and multiple professional speaking opportunities that followed to support the organisation that had so generously supported me. I volunteered for community publications and newspaper articles alike – whatever I could find to raise awareness and support for others who were still struggling. I knew that I had been truly blessed to have survived cancer personally and that others were still suffering and I wanted to speak out to those who did not have the strength to.
I am very grateful for the opportunities that I had through the Cancer Council Queensland to help raise awareness for this truly special organisation that plays such an important role in the research and community awareness towards other sufferers of cancer.