Win bright­ens cancer di­ag­no­sis

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

MELISSA Sag­gers and John Frascina de­scribe them­selves as nor­mal work­ing class peo­ple who are just try­ing to make ends meet like ev­ery­one else.

But on Au­gust 3, their lives changed for­ever when they won the ma­jor prize in Cancer Coun­cil WAs in­au­gu­ral Ul­ti­mate Life­style Lot­tery.

Ms Sag­gers said she had wanted to sup­port the lot­tery and Cancer Coun­cil WA par­tic­u­larly as John was cur­rently bat­tling a blood cancer, but only bought the ticket the day be­fore the lot­tery closed.

“I’d been lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio on the way to work for a few weeks and I kept think­ing I’ve got to buy a ticket and I kept for­get­ting ev­ery day,” she said.

“I re­mem­bered this day so I went in and it’s the first thing I did. I put the com­puter on, trans­ferred some money into my credit card and bought the ticket, and thought ‘Oh well, good you know, I’m do­ing some­thing good to help the Cancer Coun­cil’.

“It wasn’t like we had the $100 to spend, so it was like which ac­count can I take it out of.”

Mr Frascina said the win could not have come at a bet­ter time for the fam­ily.

“A few months ago I was di­ag­nosed with lym­phoma so I’ve been go­ing through chemo­ther­apy for the last few months which isn’t the nicest thing to go through, but my haema­tol­o­gist has given me a good di­ag­no­sis,” he said.

Cancer Coun­cil WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Susan Rooney said she was de­lighted for Melissa, John and Matilda, as well as the 6669 other lot­tery win­ners.

She said the lot­tery was an ex­cit­ing new ven­ture that would help the Cancer Coun­cil in­crease its reach and im­pact.

Melissa, John and Matilda in the pen­t­house apart­ment.

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