A PURPLE PATCH F OR WALKERS
THE family of Burdekin woman Delia Ponti plan to honour her memory this weekend with a walk to give hope to other cancer sufferers.
In March 2014, Mrs Ponti made the most difficult phone calls she would ever make. She rang each of her children Marissa Rossi, 40, Anthony Ponti, 39, Dominic Ponti, 37, and Benedict Ponti, 34, to tell them she had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Doctors said there was no hope of remission or cure. Daughter Marissa said her mum was 66 and a devoted grandmother of 10 children when she died in November, two- and- a- half years after diagnosis.
“The prospect of leaving Dad behind, and of not being here to support us and our children was her greatest sorrow,” she said.
“She was a selfless person with an enormous capacity to help others.”
Marissa said 14 members of her family would join other walkers on The Strand on Sunday to raise money for research into pancreatic cancer.
“Given the appalling survival statistics it is an area that needs more focus, so we are putting our foot down. Significant progress has been made in the treatment of some cancers, like prostate and breast, but survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients have barely changed in 40 years.”
Marissa said people could dress in purple and join the walk by the Avner Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, or donate to Team Delia Ponti at putyourfootdowntownsville2017. gofundraise. co m. au. The walk is on Sunday at the Rockpool headland, with registration at 9am.