SUPPORT CREW: Vicki Doig, Lyn Starker, Deidre O’Brien (back) and Rebecca Pokarier with son Ashton Pokarier (front).
SUPPORT CREW: Vicki Doig, Lyn Starker, Deidre O’Brien (back) and Rebecca Pokarier with son Ashton Pokarier (front). Peter Chapman

Cancer cure one step closer

Ann Rigby with a gift from Ipswich High's Sophie Stenner, Tiffany Meltham, Belle Fisher and Sherlee Malone. David Nielsen

CANCER affects us all - that's the message from Daffodil Day volunteers in Ipswich, who last year raised an impressive $35,000 towards cancer research.

Ipswich volunteer Vicki Doig has helped raise money every Daffodil Day since she suffered her own loss almost three decades ago.

"My sister died from lymphatic cancer," she said.

"It not only affects the people with cancer, but the families and extended families as well."

Bill O'Brien has been volunteering with the Cancer Council for 10 years and agreed the disease affected most Australians in some way.

"Most people, when they get told they have cancer, feel very alone," he said.

"Even though they have their friends and family, they feel like they need someone to talk to.

"To have the support of the Cancer Council there to call or talk to is really important."

As one of the first flowers of spring, the daffodil was chosen to represent new beginnings and a cancer-free future.

Ms Doig said that was the reason she volunteered every year.

"I've been raising money for Daffodil Day in Ipswich since it first started 28 years ago," she said.

"We're raising money for cancer research to help find a cure.

"All the people that come to the stand have stories about cancer; it affects everyone."

Every day in Australia, about 350 people are told they have a life-threatening cancer.

For more information about Daffodil Day or to donate, visit cancer.org.au



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