Daffodils for cancer charity
TAKE a moment to smell the flowers and help cancer sufferers on Daffodil Day next week.
According to the Cancer Council, one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer by age 85.
Mossman’s Tammy Pelizzari lost her best friend to stomach cancer 10 years ago.
Ms Pelizzari, 36, has been dedicated ever since to spreading hope to local residents affected by cancer through Daffodil Day and other fundraisers.
“He was only 24 years old and he died just 26 days after his diagnosis of stomach cancer,” she said.
“At the time there was no support in this area for cancer patients.
“While I was working to find help for my friend, I found more and more people in the community who needed help too.”
Soon after, she helped set up the Mossman-Port Douglas Branch of the Cancer Council and a local cancer support group.
“I wanted to help cancer patients and their families, anyone in the community affected by cancer,” Ms Pelizzari said.
“We started the support group for any- one affected by any type of cancer, to meet up for a monthly coffee and a chat.
“We still meet now and it’s going really well.”
Daffodil Day, one of the Cancer Council’s biggest fundraisers, has been running Australia-wide since 1992 and raises millions of dollars each year.
Buying a bouquet helps fund research, cancer support and education through the Cancer Council.
Raelene McDonald, 34, was devastated when her sister died from a cancerous brain tumour about three years ago.
The Mossman resident has since joined the local branch of the Cancer Council and now promotes Daffodil Day, amongst a range of fundraisers.
“After what our family went through it would be nice if others didn’t have to go through the same thing,” she said.
“It would be great if everyone would do what they can to help eradicate the disease.”
The gorgeous yellow blossoms will be on sale at Mossman Newsagency, Woolworths and Anich’s Pharmacy next Thursday and Friday.
Fundraiser: Raelene McDonald is selling Daffodil Day merchandise to raise money for the Cancer Council