Letter to the Editor - Sept 16: Support for cancer sufferers

I AM writing to express my sheer gratitude to both the inspirational volunteers and local people who took part in Daffodil Day this year.

As an organisation, Cancer Council NSW is so unbelievably fortunate to be supported by the number and quality of volunteers who work across various aspects of the organisation, including fundraising, research, supportive services and prevention campaigns.

Daffodil Day has raised $260,000 across Northern NSW already.

This is an incredible contribution from everyday people.

Daffodil Day allows us to fund programs such as SunSmart, which ensures more than 80,000 local students are protected from the dangers of the sun. It also funds financial assistance for local people to the value of $130,000, and Cancer Council's Helpline (131130), which took more than 1563 phone calls from across the area.

The funds have also helped 679 patients be transported to treatment and 1930 local people to access Cancer Council-funded accommodation facilities.

With about 360,000 Australians currently living with cancer and a further 350 people told they have cancer every day, it's likely most people will know someone affected by the disease in some way.

In the Northern NSW region alone, it is predicted that 2551 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 749 people will die from the disease every year by 2016.

However, today, more than 65% of people will still be alive five years after a cancer diagnosis - an increase of 20% from 1982.

How fortunate we are to work in partnership with local people, because in the end, together we will beat cancer.

Sarah Royall,
Daffodil Day co-ordinator, northern NSW