Supporter Stories

GILLIAN MARKS

"Cancer Council was there with me during my cancer experience and I am always happy to share my story to help others in a similar situation know that the Cancer Council is there for them too!"

ALANA O'REILLY

"Shortly before my 17th birthday I was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. Now that I’ve finished my treatment I will be hosting my very first Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this year. I am really looking forward to the planning and to hosting my friends for a delicious morning tea in my backyard. "

WADE ROBERTS

"You don’t necessarily think of the military when you think of morning tea, but this year I’ll be hosting my fourth morning tea in honour of my dad and my own experience of cancer at the RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia. "

SHARON WILLIAMS

"I lost a brother and sister to cancer, aged 16 and 32 respectively. My sister, Lisa, had non-Hodgkin lymphoma and my half-brother had bowel cancer. I started supporting Cancer Council almost 10 years ago through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in memory of them and to celebrate them both. The last thing I expected was for cancer to happen to me."

NATALIE KHOURY

"I spoke to a cancer nurse through Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 support service line, who was able to guide me through some of the tricky questions I had. That phone call helped me begin to come to terms with my diagnosis and answered the practical questions I had about my treatment. "

JANE DOWSETT

"I am so grateful for all the support I received through my journey and I now celebrate everything. I learnt many lessons as a result of having cancer, some that are close to my heart but the most important is to enjoy life and live it to the fullest."

LORRAINE HEATHER

"Every year I attend a Biggest Morning Tea with my friends and workmates and make a donation. For me, supporting Cancer Council through Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one way that I can help others affected by cancer to have access to things like support services."

DREW COOGAN

“My advice to everyone – both men and women - is to stay on top of your self-checks, as being proactive will save your life”