"I've always thought that the Cancer Council does an amazing job - education, prevention, fundraising, research - the list goes on and on. But it was always academic, because cancer was something at a distance, I'd never had a personal relationship with the disease. Until last year.
Watching a close family member come to terms with her illness, and seeing it change her life, has allowed me to finally understand why events like Australia's Biggest Morning Tea are so important.
It's not just about raising money for medical research (while that's fantastic), it's about raising awareness, and raising hope. It's only with the prospect of a cure that those with cancer can believe in a better future.
So in raising a cup, we're also hopefully raising spirits, and letting everyone touched by cancer know that they're not in this alone. We're with them every step (and sip) of the way."