Mum cru­sades against sar­coma THE ES­SEN­TIALS

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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