Thank­ing the com­mu­nity

Todd Harper chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria

Shepparton News - - VIEWPOINT -

On be­half of Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria, I would like to sin­cerely thank the com­mu­nity of Shep­par­ton for sup­port­ing the re­cent Greater Shep­par­ton Re­lay For Life.

One hun­dred and twen­tytwo peo­ple took part in the re­lay on Oc­to­ber 21 and 22 in 12 teams, walk­ing overnight to show hope lives in Shep­par­ton for those ex­pe­ri­enc­ing cancer.

During the re­lay, there was laugh­ter, tears and, no doubt, a few sore feet.

But the strength shown by lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers was a pub­lic dis­play of sup­port for any­one in Shep­par­ton with a cancer ex­pe­ri­ence.

So far, more than $21 000 has been raised by Shep­par­ton re­lay­ers, which will help fund Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s sup­port, pre­ven­tion and re­search pro­grams.

The money raised at Shep­par­ton Re­lay For Life will help Cancer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria con­tinue to pro­vide pro­grams in­clud­ing:

● Fund­ing some of Vic­to­ria’s bright­est re­searchers and their cut­ting-edge projects each year to help de­tect, treat and beat cancer.

● Im­por­tant pre­ven­tion pro­grams like cancer screen­ing, Quit and Sun­Smart to make sure peo­ple have all the in­for­ma­tion they need to cut their risk of cancer. A par­tic­u­lar fo­cus this year is on im­prov­ing bowel screen­ing rates, with the lat­est statis­tic show­ing that only 41.5 per cent of el­i­gi­ble peo­ple in City of Greater Shep­par­ton com­plete the free at-home screen­ing test.

We rec­om­mend bowel screen­ing ev­ery two years be­tween the ages of 50 and 74.

● Sup­port ser­vices, in­clud­ing a pro bono le­gal as­sis­tance ser­vice, to help those af­fected by cancer who may be strug­gling with is­sues such as wills, early access to su­per­an­nu­a­tion, debt mat­ters, or re­turn­ing to work.

● Our in­for­ma­tion and sup­port line, Cancer Coun­cil 131 120, where qual­i­fied cancer nurses give peo­ple in­for­ma­tion and sup­port.

● Our Liv­ing with Cancer Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram, which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enc­ing cancer, is fa­cil­i­tated by trained health pro­fes­sion­als.

There is a Liv­ing With Cancer Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gram hap­pen­ing in Al­bury on Tues­day, Novem­ber 7.

Thank you again to every­one who re­layed and helped con­tinue the fight against cancer.

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