Mum crusades against sarcoma THE ESSENTIALS
AN Aubin Grove resident will be out to shine the light on sarcoma this week.
The group of aggressive bone and soft tissue cancers affects 350 Australians every year, with one in five of those under 18 years of age.
Mandy Basson, coordinator of Perth charity ‘Sock it to Sarcoma’, will be at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City on Wednesday to spread the word about the early warning signs of a disease that claimed the life of her 20-year-old daughter Abbie in 2011.
“When Abbie was diagnosed with malignant sarcoma, we knew nothing
A swelling or lump, which may or may not be painful and which changes in size
A pain in the back or limb that appears to have no cause
Unrelieved pain when at rest, particularly at night Weight loss Fatigue
about this cancer,” she said.
“She did her best to fight it and was inspired to set up Sock it to Sarcoma to raise awareness and fund new research into it, so that’s what I dedicate much of my life to now.
“It’s a hugely important mission because the early signs of this cancer can often be dismissed as other things, such as sports injuries, which can mean delays in diagnosis and treatment and that can reduce the chances of beating it.”
The Gateway visit will form part of West Australian Sarcoma Awareness Week.
Just Improvise is also helping Sock it to Sarcoma’s mission, supporting the charity through its fundraising season of family-friendly Theatresports taking place every Sunday this month.
Sock it to Sarcoma co-ordinator Mandy Basson with Just Improvise’s Glenn Hall and the campaign mascot.