Daf­fodils for can­cer char­ity

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - HOLLY ROBERT­SON

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

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